Project #12154

Combat Health Disparities for Kachin Women

by GlobeMed at Dartmouth
Mai with GlobeMed at Dartmouth
Mai with GlobeMed at Dartmouth's Co-Presidents

As we continue our Individual Giving season, GlobeMed at Dartmouth would like to share with you a story of empowerment that exemplifies the work that we support through the Kachin Women's Association Thailand. As you read Mai's story, please think about donating to our project to help KWAT staff like Mai continue their amazing work. We’ve created a new project page on GlobalGiving to reflect the new programs we’ll be supporting for KWAT, and you can find that page here:   

Mai is originally from Myitkyina (pronounced MIH-chee-nuh), the capital of Kachin State, where she saw first hand the oppression of her people, the Kachin. As a part of the community, she went to university to get a degree, but saw the importance of taking action within her community. After completing her university degree, she was recruited by KWAT to attend their annual Intern Capacity Building Program in 2006. This program educates youth on basic ideas of democracy, human rights, English, Thai, and many other topics (and our GROW team had the pleasure of teaching conversational English to the Interns). As she learned about these topics and interacted with the women running KWAT, she felt a passion to make a change for the good of the Kachin people as a whole. Upon completion of the program, she decided to stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand, instead of returning home, to continue working for the organization. 

When starting with the organization, Mai did not speak Thai or English at all and worked in many positions to support the programs KWAT implements. Through her time as an intern, she began to understand basic ideas about democratic structures and the injustices that the Burmese government was committing against the Kachin people. As she continued to learn, she felt a stronger moral imperative to change the situation that has developed. Now, besides being fluent in Thai and English, Mai is also one of the leaders of the organization. She currently holds one of the two General Secretary positions, and has overseen all of KWAT's major programs. Further, she travels back to Kachin State a few times a year to engage in advocacy action and help with the on-the-ground work of KWAT in any way that she can. Besides being one of the most senior members of KWAT, she is GlobeMed at Dartmouth's main contact. Not only a source of inspiration to us, but also a force that pushes us to do all that we can, Mai has become a close friend to the Dartmouth students who have participated on the GROW (Grass Roots On-site Work) Internship in the summers. As Mai has told us many times "I am here to help my people. Kachin State needs change and we must be the ones to bring it." 


Dear Donors, 

We at GlobeMed at Dartmouth would just like to take a moment to sincerely thank all of you for your incredible support over the past year. Because of you, we were able to fund a lab to diagnose HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria in Kachin women refugees. Because of you, our wonderful partner organization, the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, can continue its Health Program in full. Because of you, the health outcomes of thousands of internally displaced persons will be improved. You see, we really couldn’t have done it without you. So again, we just want to give our thanks.

At the end of this email is a link to a short video about our partner organization. We created it using footage from the GROW (grassroots onsite work) trip to KWAT this past summer. We hope that it will give you a better sense of the work that KWAT is doing and the people that you are helping.

If you ever have any questions or comments, please feel free to send us an email at

Again, thank you so much.


The Members of GlobeMed at Dartmouth


The GROW Team
The GROW Team

Dear Donors,

Thank you again for your kind support of GlobeMed at Dartmouth. We’re so excited to announce that our Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) team arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand this past Monday! These five students will spend the next few weeks working with our partner, the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, on three projects:

(1) teaching English to KWAT’s Political Empowerment and Capacity Building Program interns

(2) drafting an Activity Report for 2007-2013, which should give us great new insight into our partner’s history

(3) publishing a Health Programs Pamphlet for distribution among donors and community members.

You can follow the team’s blog here.

We’re also very pleased to let you know that we’ve raised the full $10,000 needed for the medical diagnostic laboratory. Again, thank you all so much for your help; we couldn’t have done it without you!

As the GROW trip continues, we’re looking forward to many updates from KWAT as well as more information on what this coming year’s project with them will be. Stay tuned!


Julie Ivy

GROW Team Meets the Interns
GROW Team Meets the Interns


Dear Donors,

Thank you again for your generous support for GlobeMed at Dartmouth.  Our partnership with the Kachin Women's Association Thailand has grown stronger since we last updated all of you, especially as a group of Dartmouth students has prepared to visit Chiang Mai this summer through our second annual Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) internship.

After assessing the potential site of the medical laboratory in Mai Ja Yang, Burma, KWAT has decided that a more suitable location would be in a hospital within the refugee camp area.  With refugees already seeking care here, the laboratory will more easily reach more people for diagnostic services.  Final negotiations with the hospital are currently underway, and we will post an updated tabulation of the allocation of funds towards this project soon.  We have wire-transferred $7000 to KWAT for the laboratory thus far, and our partners are in the process of acquiring the instruments and equipment for the laboratory.

We are excited to see the development of the medical laboratory, and by our next project report in August, we hope to include many more updates as well as pictures from KWAT.


GlobeMed at Dartmouth

Dear Donors,

Thank you again for your generous contributions during our GlobalGiving "Open Challenge" this past holiday season.  Our staff and executive board members greatly appreciate your interest in and support for GlobeMed at Dartmouth, and I'd like to welcome you all to a team of lifelong supporters of global health and social equity.  We greatly value our partnership with the Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT), and we believe that our project to build a medical laboratory in a crowded Burmese refugee camp area will be a valuable asset to the region and its health care.

We recently wire-transferred $6,000 (including GlobalGiving funds and our own fundraisers on Dartmouth's campus) to KWAT's headquarters in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which will allow construction of the foundation for the laboratory to begin.  Members of the Ja Reng Yang Clinic in Mai Ja Yang, Burma look forward to this addition, especially in light of recent conflict in the region during the past few months.

We will keep all of you engaged with our progress every 3 months, both in implementation of the medical laboratory and the impact on the refugees in the region.  We hope you will continue to support us as we progress to our final fundraising goal of $10,000 by August.  After completion of the laboratory, we will update you with reports from KWAT on how the health care of the region improves.

Once again, thank you for your support and welcome to GlobeMed at Dartmouth!


Andrew Zureick



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GlobeMed at Dartmouth

Location: Hanover, NH - USA
Website: http:/​/​​impact/​dartmouth/​
Project Leader:
Julie Ivy
Hanover, NH United States

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