Dearest friends and family,
We hope that you all had relaxing family time over your Thanksgiving breaks! I know the members of GlobeMed at Columbia were glad to have a break from the hustle and bustle of Columbia.
While we were all celebrating our American holiday, GWED-G staff was busy in Uganda laying the groundwork for the additions to our project in the coming year. Our project's foundation still lies in HIV/AIDS prevention and maternal health, but now has additions that will make it more comprehensive and effective. Through the GROW team's conversations with beneficiaries, they determined that transportation, nutrition, and economic opportunity are severely lacking in the rural communities of Northern Uganda. This year, we are aiming to provide voluntary community health workers with bicycles and incentives, provide women and youth groups with livelihood activities, and provide HIV positive women and children with nutrition education and access to nutrition supplements. We also want to incorporate gender based violence (GBV) prevention education into rural community sensitizations.
Since May, we have been collaborating with GWED-G to create a project work plan, a memorandum of understanding (MoU), and a comprehensive budget for our 2013 project. Also since May, GWED-G has been gearing up for these additions, as well as trying to implement some of them before the official start of our project. Most recently, they have identified 46 children in need of food supplements. GWED-G will distribute ColoPlus, a nutritional supplement provided to GWED-G by a Swedish donor, in the coming weeks to these children. While this will technically be part of our former project, it lays the foundation for continuing the nutrition portion of our project.
GWED-G has also been scheduling meetings with different groups of beneficiaries to find out what they want specifically out of the project. They will meet with women and youth groups to determine what kind of livelihood they want to pursue, whether it’s in the form of vegetable seeds, groundnut seeds, or livestock raising. At the meetings with women’s groups, GWED-G will ask the beneficiaries to nominate 40 more HIV positive, pregnant women that will benefit from prevention of mother to child transmission education and livelihood. A GWED-G staff member who works on GBV prevention will also attend these meetings in order to assess the need for community dialogues on GBV education within rural sensitization campaigns. GWED-G will meet with community health workers to determine what types of incentives, besides bicycles, will motivate them to conduct more outreach. These might include soap, sugar, or salt.
We cannot wait to hear the results of these meetings and how our beneficiaries receive the additions to our project. Their input was the basis for designing our new project, so we hope that they are energized about the new steps that we as GlobeMed at Columbia and GWED-G are taking to improve their lives.
No matter what the incentives for community health workers or the livelihood activities for our women and youth end up being, our budget for this year is higher than ever. We need to raise $21,522 to accomplish our goals. Attached to this project update is our budget breakdown, memorandum of understanding, and project work plan that will enable you to understand how each objective is executed and how much money goes towards each. You can also check this Project Cheat Sheet, a summarized version of the how, why, and what of our project.
GlobeMed at Columbia has also launched a new website to support our 2012 Individual Giving campaign. It has photos of Gulu, GWED-G, beneficiaries, and our members, as well as descriptions of our project objectives, our chapter, and our partner. We hope that it is informative and aesthetically pleasing!
Happy Holidays!GlobeMed at Columbia
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