It was wheels up on May 15th, 2013 for our five GROW (Grassroots Onsite Work) team members on their way to Nepal to visit our partners HHC (Himalayan HealthCare). They spent the first week with HHC in Kathmandu, acclimatizing and getting ready for the three day long hike. Anil (Co-Founder and Director) and Soni (Director) Parajuli hosted the GROW team in Kathmandu and took them around the sights to get a taste of the "urban" Nepal. The GlobeMed family back home in Boulder gets to live vicariously through the postcards sent to us. All five members of the team experienced the woes of international travel with some health issues but all is well after a couple days of rest.
The main part of the GROW team's trek started a week later with a ten hour drive and a three day trek into the village of Tipling. Once there, they have started putting into action the lesson plans they have prepared for the women's empowerment classes, education classes for the children, as well as getting hands on work in the field. They will be helping build latrines, doing some field work and will live the life of a simple Nepalese villager.
During their two month stay in the village, the GROWers will evaluate the progress and efficiency of the projects funded by your donations. They will meet the recipients of the goat project and evaluate the effectiveness of the project. They will get to see and use the latrines and cook stoves that have been funded and see the impact that those projects have on the people that receive the aid. GlobeMed aims to make the most use of every penny donated to us, and having the GROW team be there in person to evaluate the projects assures us that the money we raise is being used as efficiently and effectively as possible, to make the biggest positive impact possible.
The GROWers are all doing well and enjoying their time in Nepal. We can't wait until they get back and see how much they have GROWn. We would like to send our most sincere gratitude to all of our friends who have made our goals of helping people in Nepal possible. We really could not do it without your unwavering support. We look forward to our continued partnership with all of you, towards our ultimate goal of Global Health Equity.
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