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.
Feb 18, 2016

An Exciting New Project for Set Her Free

A young woman working at a new sewing machine
A young woman working at a new sewing machine

Welcome to Globemed at GW’s new Global Giving Page for our newest project with our partner Set Her Free! Our new project is a tailoring center for the young women in the vocational training program. 

 

We are happy to announce that thanks to a generous $20,000 US Embassy grant that Set Her Free recieved, they were able to purchase a building for the tailoring center. The tailoring center will serve as employment for some of the girls graduating from the vocational program. This will provide the graduates with on-going support to ensure that they become self-sustaining, independent individuals. The tailoring center will also be a source of income for Set Her Free, and the income will go to supporting not only the tailoring center, but hopefully other programs within Set Her Free, as well.

 

After purchasing the building, the tailoring center has already seen its first clients. The women working at the center have been busy sewing sanitary pads for Set Her Free’s sanitary pad program that provides sanitary pads to girls in a rural school in Uganda, Glory of Christ Primary School, to help prevent girls from dropping out of school due to their menstrual cycles. The women working at the center have also begun sewing uniforms for local schools.

 

We are very excited that this program is up and running, and have high hopes for what’s to come in the future! Please consider donating to ensure that the center can keep running and Set Her Free can continue having a positive impact on the young women graduating from the vocational program.

 

Best,

 

The GlobeMed Team

One of the center
One of the center's first clients
Supplies and set up for the tailoring center
Supplies and set up for the tailoring center
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
 

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