GlobeMed is a student-ran non-governmental organization that was originally started by a group of college students at Northwestern University in 2007. They had been a part of another student NGO and managed to fundraise the construction of a medical clinic in Uganda. However, upon visiting they realized no one was really using the clinic. When they asked the local villagers why people were not using the clinic, they answered that they were Africans and they just take what donors give to them. Thus, GlobeMed and its partnership framework was born: to build equal relationships with impoverished communities throughout the world and to help them develop the means to become self-sustaining. As of 2016, GlobeMed has 56 chapters throughout the nation. The Tufts University chapter of GlobeMed is partnered with PHASE Nepal, an NGO based in Nepal. PHASE Nepal's mission statement is based off a three-tier philosophy, that health, education, and livelihood are all interconnected and interdependent. For example, in order for people to obtain access to livelihood opportunities, they need to be healthy enough to work and have the educational background to find a job.
On April 25th 2015, Nepal was hit with a devasting earthquake. An estimated 9,000 people died and 22,000 were injured. Countless people lost their homes, families, and livelihood. Since the earthquake, PHASE Nepal has worked tirelessly to distribute relief materials and provide immediate health services to those affected by the earthquake. This past summer, GlobeMed at Tufts sent a group of student interns to PHASE Nepal during which they witnessed the rebuilding process that is still currently underway. Recovery help is still needed even a year and a half after the earthquake. PHASE has been assisting earthquake relief efforts by rebuilding infrastructure in affected communities, including those of Syangja and Sindhupalchowk, and many other rural communities. This year, our fundraising will contribute to the rebuilding of two schools in each of these districts. Through the funds raised by GlobeMed at Tufts, we hope PHASE will be able to continue improving the infrastructure in rural communities of Nepal and ensuring students continue to receive and education.
Currently, we are very close to our fundraising goal of $15,000. With your continued support and help, we can contribute immensely to the earthquake relief still happening in Nepal. We thank all of our donors for all their contributions. Poverty is unfortunately all too often magnified by natural disasters such as the earthquake in Nepal. Together we can help rebuild the lives of all those impacted by the earthquake.
GlobeMed is a non-governmental organization that brings together college campuses and students nationally across 56 chapters with local grassroot movements across 20 countries throughout the world. GlobeMed as an organization focuses primarily on empowering impoverished communities and raising awareness on issues of global health equity. Our organization's goal focuses on creating sustainable partnerships between dedicated and passionate college students and local communities.
The Tufts University chapter of GlobeMed is partnered with PHASE Nepal, an organization that specifically works in rural Nepalese communities that often have incredibly limited, if any, access to education, running water, and basic health care. Our partnership with PHASE Nepal is based off our philosophy that health care, livelihood opportunities, and education form an existential triad. Any one of those three pillars cannot stand without the two other. In order to promote health care equity in remote Nepalese villages, it is necessary to also create an education infrastructure, as well as livelihood opportunities for individuals to support their families and allow their children to obtain a quality education. In order to meet our national organization's goals, we at Tufts send several interns each summer to Nepal to foster genuine and sustainable relationships with the communities we fundraise for. In light of last year's major earthquakes, our mission has grown even more important for helping these impoverished communities toward health care equity and rebuilding the infrastructures that were lost in the disasters.
Currently, we are very close to our fundraising goal of $15,000. We have so far raised $14,302, with only $698 left to fundraise. We greatly appreciate all the support that our contributors, GlobalGiving, and all the time and effort our chapter members have put to make this a reality. We hope you will consider helping us finally reach our fundraising goal so we can work towards global health equity.
GlobeMed at Tufts is partnered with PHASE Nepal, a grassroots non-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to address the interrelated issues of health inequality, lack of education opportunities, and poverty in rural communities of Nepal. The PHASE model is based off the idea of promoting self-empowerment for the local communities they work with. Here at Tufts, one of the 56 chapters of GlobeMed nationwide, we are dedicated to developing and establishing an equal partnership with PHASE and communities throughout Nepal. Every summer, our chapter is commited to sending several of our members to Nepal as part of our hope to cultivate a sustainable relationship with the local communities. In the past, our chapter has focused on fundraising for education infrastructure, including hiring teacher-trainers in an effort to improve critical thinking skills in the children and curriculum models for teaching. In light of last year's earthquakes that devastated many parts of Nepal, PHASE has decided to funnel our fundraising efforts to general post-earthquake relief, with a specific purpose on rebuilding the education system.
We currently stand at $13,347 out of our $15,000 fundraising goal, which is 89% of our goal. We still have $1,653 left to fundraise for this year--we are very close to our goal! Our chapter members have worked incredibly hard this year. We have also made a stronger effort to understand how we as individuals from a privileged position can (positively and negatively) impact communities in Nepal. We hope to not only meet our fundraising goal, but to also push for a greater sum. We thank all of our many contributors for all they have done to support us on this road toward global health, education, and livelihood equity.
GlobeMed at Tufts is one of 56 chapters nationwide committed to health care and public health equity abroad. Our chapter is specifically partnered with PHASE Nepal, an NGO working to improve education, health, and livelihood opportunities for local communities in Nepal through a sustainable, self-empowerment grassroots framework. This year our focus is primarily on fundraising for the Child's Health Education Program, which seeks to promote healthy behaviors and hygiene practices by educating the youth population. Our project is currently being implemented in rural areas of Nepal that are normally very remote and have little access to quality health care and education opportunities. The fundraised money is used to support the training of teaching facilitators who are at the forefront of a reform movement to better the education and teaching systems in rural Nepal.
As the Spring 2016 semester rolls around, we currently stand at $12,762, which is 85% of our total fundraising goal of $15,000 for this academic year. We are $2,238 away from this total and we are projected to not only meet this goal but to also hopefully surpass it. We have collectively worked incredibly hard this past semester and we truly appreciate your contributions, the generosity of our donors, and the effort and time each of our chapter members have dedicated to GlobeMed at Tufts. We hope to continue our fundraising efforts through our partnership with you, and we thank you again for your support.
Globemed at Tufts University has partnered up with PHASE Nepal to create a Child’s health Education program. PHASE believes that poor health, low educational levels and poverty are all aspects of the same problem, and create a cycle preventing people from taking control of their own futures. This Child’s Health Education Program would help children in the regions of Nepal near PHASE develop healthy behaviors. The program has focused on health sanitation, hygiene, and promoting healthy behaviors among the youth.
In the last few months GlobeMed at Tufts University has amped up their fundraising efforts on campus and online. We were amazed and inspired by the support received in response to these efforts. Your support has helped PHASE Nepal create a Child’s Health Education Program. As a result GlobeMed was able to cover the cost of salary, living expenses, and training of facilitators as well as allocate funds for clubs and extracurricular activities. While our fundraising goal for this school year has been met, we strive to exceed our target. Thanks to your generosity our organization can truly affect change by encouraging the priceless development of healthy behavior among Nepali youth. Your support also helped us send aid to the Nepalese quickly after the devastating earthquake which helped infrastructure and services at our partner organization's base.
Moving forward GlobeMed at Tufts is focusing on what we can do for our local community. We are organizing a panel to speak about voluntourism on campus in order to start a campus-wide discussion on the morality of different tourism practices. We are also planning other on campus fundraisers, such as another Trivia Night, and in-restaurant fundraising near Tufts University’s campus.Furthermore, we are ramping up with new campaigns specific to the holiday season.
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