To our dear friends, family, and donors,
GlobeMed at Columbia received exciting news the other day that one of our photos from our GROW trip will be a finalist in the annual GlobalGiving photo contest. We are immensely excited that the subject of our finalist photograph is Zainabu, an HIV postive mother and beneficiary of our project.
Zainabu is the treasurer of her Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA). VSLA is a banking method instituted by CARE International that is meant as a way for groups of people to collectively save their money to use for community development or welfare. As the treasurer, Zainabu records weekly contributions of all VSLA members. A few years ago, Zainabu would never have been able to be the treasurer. She was deathly skinny and hid in her house for fear of stigmatization by her peers. After attending GWED-G sensitization campaigns and prevention of mother to child transmission counseling, Zainabu has developed a strong leadership role in her community and is proud that her next baby will be born HIV free.
Voting for the photo of Zainabu in the GlobalGiving photo contest will win GlobeMed at Columbia $1,000 towards our HIV prevention and maternal health project with Gulu Women's Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) in northern Uganda. $1,000 will allow many more HIV positive mothers like Zainabu to have healthy babies and rise as leaders in their communities. Tell your family, friends, co-workers, and whoever else you may cross paths with to vote for our photo so we can help more healthy babies into this world.
You can vote for the photo of Zainabu at this link through the GlobalGiving site using your email address. Voting takes place between August 1st and August 15th. So please make sure you get your vote in before the contest ends!
In solidarity,GlobeMed at Columbia
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