GlobeMed at the George Washington University

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. Through involvement today, students commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice. GlobeMed at GWU specifically aims to improve the health of the impoverished in solidarity with our Partner RVCP, a grassroots organizations in Southern Rwanda, through self-sustainable programs.
Dec 1, 2015

Its been long overdue...

We have been busy busy here at GW GlobeMed and have some exciting news to share with all of our amazing followers!  First let me begin with a recap.  This past summer, GlobeMed students and Set Her Free’s staff have been hard at work reevaluating the pad program that started just over two years ago. This May marked the third GROW (Grassroots on-site work) internship trip made by five GlobeMed students to visit Set Her Free in Kampala. During their visit, the students focused on documenting the stories of Set Her Free participants, following up with Set Her Free alumni, and evaluating the pad program.  This onsite work was extremely valuable in order to make improvements to the program.  

 

Pad Program Update

 

In the most recent pad distribution, over 200 pad kits were distributed to primary and secondary girls at the Glory of Christ Primary School. This figure is nearly double of what was distributed our first distribution.  Each kit included a soap bar, six reusable pads, and a handcrafter carrying kit by the women of Set Her Free.  To further improve the pad program, GlobeMed and Set Her Free are exploring the possibility of expanding what is already offered in the sanitary pad kits to include a razor.  On GROW, the school girls expressed that shaving was difficult for them and sometimes stayed home or were late to class because of shaving related problems.  We are also conducting research into alternative pads that are longer lasting and that are easier to maintain.  Due to poor water conditions, pads were often conceived as being dirtier than normal.  Feedback from the girls and their teachers are essential to how we will proceed with the program moving forward and will be further outlined in an upcoming distribution and follow up report.  Next year, we hope to expand to a new school and come up with an improved alternative to the pads.  Overall, the program was successful, with a very small percent of students leaving or missing school due to their menstruation.   

Upcoming Months: Set Her Free Spotlights and A New Project (NOW LIVE)!

Set Her Free and Globemed have been hard at work to establish the newest addition of the vocational training, a tailoring center.  This tailoring center will broaden the knowledge of the women in the program and also provide a safe working environment and practice to those that would like to excel.  The shop and learning center is already in motion and will help promote the self sustainability of Set Her Free.  A site has been rented and the machinery is being moved in as we speak.  The generosity of the United States Embassy of Uganda helped put the gear in motion on this project.  There is still much much more that needs to be done, and we hope that you are able to donate to this project.  

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! 

Best Regards,

The GlobeMed Team

Aug 5, 2015

How have you been spending your summer?

Reusable Sanitary Pad
Reusable Sanitary Pad

Happy Summer All!

While many are using the warm summer months to take a vacation, GlobeMed students and Set Her Free’s staff have been hard at work these past few months to reevaluate the Pad program started last summer and to plan future projects. This May marked the second GROW (Grassroots on-site work) internship trip made by five GlobeMed students to visit Set Her Free in Kampala. During their visit, the students focused on documenting the stories of Set Her Free participants, following up with Set Her Free alumni, and evaluating the pad program.  

Pad Program Update

In the second pad distribution, 190 pad kits were distributed to primary and secondary girls at the Glory of Christ Primary School. This figure is nearly double of what was distributed last year! To further improve the pad program, GlobeMed and Set Her Free are exploring the possibility of expanding what is already offered in the sanitary pad kits to include a razor and additional soap. Feedback from the girls and their teachers are essential to how we will proceed with the program moving forward and will be further outlined in an upcoming distribution and follow up report.

Upcoming Months: Set Her Free Spotlights and A New Project!

By the end of the year, we hope to spotlight more personal interview stories about the pad program and Set Her Free collected from the GROW team this past summer and introduce a new tailoring program project to our Global Giving page. This new project seeks to expand upon Set Her Free’s existing vocational training programs.

Keep on the watch for these new developments and don’t let the summer months slip away!

Best Regards,

The GlobeMed Team

Set Her Free and GROW interns hard at work
Set Her Free and GROW interns hard at work
Apr 14, 2015

Updates and Future Plans

Some of our staff promoting GlobeMed
Some of our staff promoting GlobeMed's projects!

Dear Supporters,

Your generous support has already helped GlobeMed raise over $5,000 in funds for reusable sanitary kits to help schoolgirls at the Glory of Christ Primary School continue their education! Their periods no longer have to hinder their access to education and success.

We are currently in the works of looking into developing a tailoring center to ensure the long term sustainability and viability of the pad program. With this center, we hope to expand the pad program to other schools within the Rakai District and provide training to female staff at the schools. With these new steps, we hope to be able to reach out to more young girls and also provide economic opportunities and employment through tailoring training. In this way, not only can girls continue their educations, but they also have a way to be economically independent.

We will continue updating you on our progress with this tailoring center, as well as the pad project. Until then, please continue your generous support. The provision of resuable sanitary pads has the potential to change so many more girls' lives, and GlobeMed at GW and Set Her Free wholeheartedly thanks you for your incredible support of our project thus far. Your contributions make the provision of reusable sanitary pads possible, and have the power to impact the world.

Thank you,

The Staff at GlobeMed at GW and Set Her Free 

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