GlobeMed at Rhodes College is a student-led non-profit that partners with AMOS, a non-profit based in Nicaragua that aims to improve the health of impoverished communities by working alongside them in health, education and development. The chapter raises funds to staff water filtration supervision and the students work directly with AMOS to train water filter users and community health leaders in rural Nicaragua.
The villages of rural Nicaragua are predominantly situated in rugged mountain ranges and thus isolated from nearby urban centers. The children and families in these rural areas are forced to drink water from rivers and wells that are teeming with infectious bacteria. Contaminated water translates to a high prevalence of diarrheal disease which can lead to death among children in Nicaragua. In the rural communities where AMOS works, less than 20% of families have access to safe drinking water.
GlobeMed at Rhodes College partners with AMOS to provide and sustain effective water filtration in rural Nicaraguan communities. Our student staff helps educate filter-users and community leaders to secure the program's effectiveness and sustainability. This project combats waterborne illnesses by working with the staff of AMOS and community members.
As a student-run organization, GlobeMed at Rhodes College fosters the development of future public health advocates and professionals. By partnering with AMOS, our combined impacts are greater than they could be alone. This sustainable education-based project not only brings Nicaraguan communities immediate access to clean water, but also self-sufficiency in water sanitation for years to come. When families are not riddled by illness, children are able to attain previously unimaginable goals.