GlobeMed at Penn State

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world.
Feb 3, 2015

Completion of Empower the Youth Development project in El Salvador

Greeting Donors,

This project contributed to the strengthening of the Daycare centers of Amando López, Octavio Ortiz and El Presidio. Additionally, this project added an installation of a new satellite internet service in the office of ACUDESBAL to allow members to be able to effectively communicate with us as well as with other organizations. This service also extends to the surrounding community giving the population access to fast internet access and improving theirs also. Access is extended to the Health clinics in Nuevo Amanecer and El Zamoran as well as to the Renal Disease Treatment Center in Cuida Romero. This project developed a sports tournament and capacity building component involving more than 500 young men and women. This new project allows for the participation of the majority of families in the communities that seek to harmonize the coexistence of young people and to reduce the probability that they engage in anti-social activities through soccer and greater community unity. The chart below outlines the things we were able to accomplish with the past project from 2011-2014 year.

Specific achievements of the project: 

1 - Reduction of number of underweight children in the three centers

  • 12% of children in centers reported as chronically underweight (20 in all) 20% reported as underweight (32 in all)
  • 8% of children in centers reported as underweight (14 in all) zero cases of chronic malnourishment

2 – Supported the development of the educations of the centers

  • Support for bi-monthly travel to capital for additional education
  • Funds saved due to nutrition project used to purchase equipment needs in the center
  • Greater parental involvement in centers through continued capacity building workshops

3 - Improvement to the physical structure of the centers.

  • Construction of a kitchen and dining area Amando Lopez Daycare Center  
  • Replaced the fence perimeter of the daycare center in the community Amando Lopez to prevent neighboring wildlife from entering the center.
  • Constructed new fence perimeter for the daycare center in the community El Presidio  to prevent neighboring wildlife from entering the center
  • Assisted in constructing new bathroom facilities in the three centers to improvement the children and employee’s sanitation and access to clean facilities.

4 - Develop a process of educating and training the parents and staff of the three centers in order to contribute to the improvement of the handling of food, sanitation, nutrition, and oral health. 

  • Three workshops on oral health
  • Three workshops on food handling
  • Acquisition and delivery of 161 oral hygiene kit
  • Purchase of three refrigerators, 14-square foot in size.

5 - Install internet service for the institutional communication and access for the organization ACUDESBAL 

  • Installation of  the internet service
  • Establish satellite internet access to the ACUDESBAL main office

6 – Expansion of the annual Bajo Lempa Soccer tournament to include more communities and a greater number of capacity building workshops.

  • 29 communities participated in the tournament
  • 552 individual community members participated in tournament
  • Six violence prevention workshops
  • Six drugs and alcohol prevent workshops.

We have expanded our partnership with ACUDESBAL to encompass more of the residents in Bajo Lempa. This project aims to support the youth of the Bajo Lempa Region, as they are one of the most vulnerable group affected by the social phenomena linked to crime within the country.

For the coming year of 2015 will as Globemed at Penn State will complete our partnership with ACUDESBAL after reaching the goals set forth in our Memorandum of Understanding. In the future, Globemed at Penn State will continue to support the drive for global health equity around the world and we hope that you continue to be a part of our journey as we continue to grow and develop as students and future leaders.

Thanks to your support, we have been able to achieve much success in improving the health and quality of life in the Bajo Lempa Region of El Salvador. With your donations, we can continue to work in the communities and achieve good, sustainable results.

Thank for your contiuned generosity 

Globemed At Penn State

Nov 5, 2014

Report on Empower the Youth Development in El Salvador

Greetings Donors,

Our project, Empower the Youth Development in El Salvador, continues to makes strides in keeping the children and whole community of Bajo Lempa well educated on health and properly fed with the help of the Daycare Centers Garden Project. Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to keep this partnership due to travel restrictions. GlobeMed at Penn State will continue to fundraise for ACUDESBAL for the remainder of the year; however, we will also be repartnering during this time.

During our transition, we hope that you will continue to support us in our efforts to provide nutritional food for the children in the three community day cares in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador. All of us here at Penn State still hope to raise $4,000 this year to send to our partner, ACUDESBAL. This will help them continue the Daycare Centers Garden Project and Healthy Environment Initiative Project.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to what is ahead!

Jul 7, 2014

Youth Empowerment Program in El Salvador

Good morning Donor,

Thank you for your past and continued support of the partnership between Globemed at Penn State and ACUDESBAL. Your support is greatly appreciated by both us as a student organization and the people of Bajo Lempa, El Salvador. For the garden project in 2012-2014 to the Youth Empowerment program we were able to implement in the past year support has been greatly appreciated.

For the past six months ACUDESBAL was able to hold a large scale soccer tournament involving members for the 29 different communities that make up Bajo Lempa. In total there were 24 male teams and 16 female teams who took part in the events. A total of 558 people were able to take part in the tournament with benefits extending to their families and the surrounding communities who were able to come and see the game as well as have a revenue stream due to the fans coming to see the games and show support. In addition to this the tournament committee mandated that the players attend monthly capacity building sessions with education ranging from anger management and crisis control to sex education and safe practices. The players were also required to sign contracts dictating that they could not smoke, drink, or break the law while they were participating in the tournament or the entire team would be disqualified. These components served to lower the crime rate in the communities as well as educate the population and encourage kids to make more proactive use of their time while providing a reward for their behavior.

The winner of the Men’s tournament was Community El Zamoran the winner of the women’s tournament was Community San Juan Del Gozo.

We hope that you would continue to support the work of ACUDESBAL in improving lives and education of the youth in Bajo Lempa and the global community overall. Our work would not be possible without your support. We are close to reaching our fundraising goal for the year.

Help us empower the development of youths in Bajo Lempa. I encourage you to read more about our project, and make a small but important donation to our cause here -->

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

Globemed at Penn State

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