Health
 Nicaragua
Project #13543

Provide Water Filtration to Families in Nicaragua

by GlobeMed at Rhodes College

Hello all,

After a long break from classes, we are back to hit the ground running in this New Year.  With two recent campaigns to raise money for our partner A.M.O.S., we are getting closer and closer to reaching our annual fundraising goal.  On January 20th, we watched the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings.  Our campaign to sell tickets to this game was successful and rewarded by a Grizzlies win.

On Valentine’s Day, we wrapped up our 2-week long campaign to sell and deliver Muddy’s cupcakes on campus.  With the option to send a cupcake anonymously, this campaign is one of our favorites.  Our last campaign of the year will be our 8th annual 5K race.  As the planning and organization has already gotten underway, we hope to have a large participation from campus to help us reach our fundraising goal.

On February 4th, we hosted a spring retreat to welcome new members and facilitate community bonding.  After learning about A.M.O.S. and GlobeMed’s roots and discussing why GlobeMed is important to each of us, we all enjoyed some food and a good movie at one of our Co-President’s house.  We all agreed that También la lluvia (Even the Rain) is probably the most GlobeMed oriented movie ever filmed.

Our GHU coordinators have continued to do an amazing job at facilitating conversations and presenting on global health and social justice issues.  With a new administration in the White House, we have been carefully following the political developments as they relate to GlobeMed’s mission.

Finally, on February 20th, we celebrated World Day of Social Justice by hanging up a poster outside the campus library asking, “What does social justice mean to you?” and encouraging passersby to write down their thoughts.  Engaging with the broader Rhodes community is important to help spread GlobeMed’s message and attract potential members.

We hope you have enjoyed this update, and we look forward to writing soon about the end of this semester.  As always, we appreciate your support and interest in our mission to improve global health equity.  None of this would be possible without you!  If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

In solidarity,

Conor Dorian

As this term comes to a close I can’t hide my surprise at how fast this semester has flown by. Our exec-board members have adopted their positions enthusiastically and we’ve hit the ground running. You might remember mention of an Art Auction in our last update. We hope you’ll be excited to hear the event went fabulously, raising over $2000 for A.M.O.S! We held the event over Parent’s Weekend, from September 16th through the 18th. We flipped the script on the auction this year and contacted local Memphis artists, offering them 50% commission for donating a piece of their work to our event. This year we were able to offer locally-produced photographs, paintings, and pottery pieces. With half of our profit going to A.M.O.S and the other half to the artists, we were able to offer our help to both our Nicaraguan partner as well as the local Memphis art community. This is an especially exciting event for us as it allows our new e-board and chapter to come together and challenge ourselves very early in the year. We are looking forward to the 2017 Art Auction and hope you are too!

Our GHU coordinators have done an incredible job organizing our weekly chapter meetings this year. We’ve been spending three weeks on one topic (like Zika for example!) which allows us to examine it at different levels and from multiple perspectives. As a chapter we attended an election watch party the night of November 8th. It was incredibly special for us to bond as a chapter outside of our usual meeting time about something so important to all of us.

Lastly, our chapter recently had the opportunity to attend a national GlobeMed conference called Hilltop hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. As always, they did an incredible job organizing and hosting the event as well as selecting speakers. We were able to attend panels of all sorts of experts to discuss the social determinants of health, meet with and learn from other GlobeMed chapters, and even work through public health case studies with Wash U  faculty. The highlight of the weekend was a speech given by Barbara Bush about her nonprofit organization The Global Health Corps. She shared some wise words about finding your place in public health no matter your skills, education, or specialty- there is room for you, anyone can make a difference!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this update; we are looking forward to writing you again next semester! I would like to reiterate that none of this is possible without you (you reading this newsletter!) and that we are grateful every day for the world of difference you make.

 

Thank you!

Sarah Morris

Hello all,

Summer has already ended, but we are excited to start another year!  We are planning some great events and can't wait to really get going with the year.  Classes started last Wednesday on the 24th, and we will hold our first chapter meeting this Tuesday the 30th.  We have a new group of executive board members, and we are all excited to see some new faces in chapter meetings.  We are hoping to get lots of new members within the next few weeks and develop a great group of passionate students.  We are excited to discuss global health equity and all the events that have happened over the summer since we last met.

Over the summer, Harris Short spent 9 weeks in Nicaragua as a water intern for AMOS Health and Hope.  He spent several weeks visiting rural communities to maintain water filtration systems and getting input from the community members.  He also spent several weeks in Managua at the AMOS headquarters looking at data and planning future trips.  Harris is looking forward to sharing his experience with the rest of chapter and sparking an interest in new members who may want to intern in Nicaragua in the future.

Back in Memphis, we are preparing for our Annual Silent Art Auction on September 16th-18th.  It will be held outside the library, so you can stop by if you are in town!  The event will be during Parent's Weekend, and it will feature artwork from Chile, Nicaragua, and local Memphis artists.  This year we have some exceptional talent and hope you get a chance to drop by.  The event is always a great way to raise money while also spreading some of GlobeMed's messages.  We have several other campaigns planned for the fall semester and greatly look forward to them as well.

As always, we greatly appreciate your support!  None of this would be possible with you.  If you have any questions or comment, please do not hesitate to let us know.

 

In solidarity,

Conor Dorian

Hello all,

We are happy to announce that the Rhodes College chapter of GlobeMed has successfully ended the spring semester by reaching our fundraising goal of $10,000! Of course, we could not have accomplished any of this without all of your generous support. We are looking forward to a year full of campaigns, join us!

As you may have read in our last update, our chapter was looking forward to celebrating World Day of Social Justice. On Saturday, February 20th we did just that. Deciding it was time do some outreach, we chalked the sidewalks of Mud Island in downtown Memphis with messages about A.M.O.S, GlobeMed, and social justice. We were incredibly thrilled by the support and gratitude we received from passers-by. The positive feedback we’ve received from the Memphis community has encouraged us to pursue more outreach events in the upcoming year!

 On April 10th we successfully hosted our 7th annual 5k! As I mentioned in the last report, we incorporated our partnership with AMOS into the design of the event through the theme- Water Day! Our participants enjoyed a dunk tank, slip n’ slides, water balloons and fantastic weather. We can’t wait to improve the event for next year’s run!

 One of the most highly-anticipated events this semester was a visit from Bob and Jovan Hansman on Tuesday, April 19th. Bob is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis who has started an after school program called City Faces. He and his son Jovan came to Rhodes to deliver a powerful dialogue about true activism and the importance of entering a community in an educated and constructive manner. It was inspiring not only to our GlobeMed chapter but reached the entire study body as the audience consisted of a variety of students and faculty members from a wide range of disciplines.

 Although we successfully reached our fundraising and outreach goals for this year, the summer is not to be wasted! The next three months will be full of planning on part of our newly initiated E-board members! We have a great team of enthusiastic members ready to take on the upcoming year. As far as campaigns goes, we are in the initial stages of preparing our first campaign of the year- the Parent’s Weekend Art Auction! It’s a fun campaign to work on and we can’t wait to get started again in the fall! Again, none of this is possible without your support. Thank you for sharing our passion for global health equity! As always, we welcome questions or comments.

 

In solidarity,

Sarah Morris

 

 

 

 

some of our lovely chapter members
some of our lovely chapter members

Hello all,

This spring semester has been off to a great start for this chapter of GlobeMed at Rhodes College! With the help of our ambitious new members, we are proud to say we’ve reached our annual goal of $10,000! We aren’t stopping there however; the upcoming semester is full of campaigns and other events that we are looking forward to.

On Saturday January 16th we got to see the Grizzlies beat the New York Knicks in a satisfying end to our ticket-selling campaign that we began last semester. The proceeds from this event were the ones that helped us complete our annual fundraising goal!

During the first weekend of February we were excited to host our new member retreat where we played a host of team-building relays, GlobeMed trivia games, and discussed what health equity meant to each of us individually. Each member, new and old, left with a more-focused conception of GlobeMed’s mission.

Just this last week on February 9th we welcomed Kristy Taylor, a representative from Kaplan, to teach our members the in’s and out’s of standardized test prep. We came away with a better understanding of the GRE, MCAT, LSAT and many other free resources! Also in our weekly meetings we have been working on becoming informed voters, a process that is harder than it may sound! We have been considering each candidate’s political policies and promises on a range of issues from healthcare to tax reform. To encourage millennials to vote, we are spreading the knowledge about the campus by creating info cards for each candidate!

We’ve just wrapped up our most recent (and sweetest) campaign- The Muddy’s Cupcake Sale! The $200 profit from this campaign was another thing to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. As for the upcoming months, GHU has arranged for Bob Hansman to speak at Rhodes about his role in connecting Washing University students with the larger St. Louis community. We are looking forward to hosting this campus-wide event as well as learning about what activism really is from a speaker that leads by example. This weekend on February 20th, we are populating the campus with balloons inscribed with messages about health equity to honor World Day of Social Justice.

Finally, we are in the early stages of organizing one of our biggest campaigns- the 5k! This year we’ve decided to connect our partnership with AMOS directly to the design of the campaign with our Water Day theme! It will be a day filled with slip-n-slides, water balloon fights, and of course running!

We hope to perpetuate last semester’s success into the spring and thus far it seems we are off to a great start! As always, we appreciate your support and interest in GlobeMed’s mission in improving health equity on a global scale. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or comments!

 

In solidarity,

Sarah Morris

 

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GlobeMed at Rhodes College

Location: Memphis, TN - USA
Website: http:/​/​globemed.org/​impact/​rhodescollege/​
Project Leader:
Sarah Morris
Memphis, Tennessee United States

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