Vincent Ndebwnimana at CGIU
This has truly been the most exciting month of the year for GlobeMed at GWU and RVCP. In addition to our usual fundraising events, such as hosting a Bar Night at Rugby in Georgetown and a coffee house performance night at Bourbon Coffee, we successfully held our first annual Benefit Dinner and participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU).
Our Benefit Dinner took place on March 24, 2012 in the City View Room of 1959 E St and featured a panel of public health experts, including CEO and President of EngenderHealth Pamela Barnes, Dr. Alan Greenburg, Mehret Mandefro, Professor Richard Skolnick, Dr. Zohray Talib, and Dr. Tamara Henry. The night was truly spectacular. We were thoroughly honored and humbled by the support that we saw in the attendees and learned so much from the thoughtful discussion of the speakers. The topics of conversation ranged from establishing health equity promoting non-profit organizations abroad to the barriers to healthcare in the United States today. We were able to fundraise about $1,000 for RVCP through ticket sales to DC residents and public health students at GW, our silent auction, and donations.
This past weekend, we were also incredibly fortunate to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University, hosted by Bill Clinton on GW's Foggy Bottom campus. GlobeMed at GWU was represented by two groups of four people, representing two commitments to action regarding our participation in fundraising for the Huye Health Clinic. We committed to continuing our income generation project in RVCP's Maternal Health Education Program and to refurbishing the clinic's structural deficits in the next year. We attended two days of plenaries and workshops with the purpose of improving our committments and networking and attended a service project on the third day of the conference. The most exciting part of this weekend was that CGIU paid for a member of RVCP, Vincent Ndebwnimana, to speak in a workshop about how to motivate the youth. Maya Cohen, the executive director of GlobeMed's national office, also joined Vincent on this panel. In short, CGIU gave us the chance to network with some truly inspiring people while also giving us some quality time with a member of our partner organization.
As far as our partnership with RVCP goes, we are preparing to send this year's Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) team to Rwanda on May 17th. In addition to our annual committment to fundraise the clinic's Maternal Health Education Program (MHEP), we are currently fundraising to help improve the clinic's walls and roof to increase the functionality of the clinic. Our GROW team is also hard at work on seeking to improve the monitoring and evaluation methods of MHEP so that new record keeping systems can be put into place by the end of the summer. We are approximately $2,000 short of our fundraising goal so far and while we have a few more fundraising events left before the end of the school year, any contribution that you can offer, no matter how small, will really help us and RVCP to maximize the benefits that the mothers enrolled in the Maternal Health Education Program and Income Generation Project will receive. Thank you for your continued support!
A beneficiary of MHEP with her son and cattle