Health
 Thailand
Project #12228

Healthcare and Education for Burmese Immigrants

by GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati
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Dear Supporters of GlobeMed at UC,

We appreciate your ongoing dedication to and interest in our chapter. The new school year has just begun for us, and we have many innovative ideas that we are very excited to implement. We believe these will be very influential in strengthening our partnership with SAW, promoting our growth and success as a chapter, and increasing the impact that we can have as young change-makers in our communities.

In June, five of our chapter members traveled to Mae Sot to lay the groundwork for the next stage our project with SAW. Continuing from that, we plan to focus more on monitoring and evaluation of the project’s impact, successes, and failures so that we can better work with SAW to adapt and improve throughout the year. Additionally, these members assisted in the teaching of a GED class that SAW provides for young people who have recently come from Burma. This was a new development in the partnership that we found to be productive and very enjoyable. The exchanges that our members had with their students were meaningful and insightful, and we hope to continue assisting SAW in this manner in the future.

Soon we will be holding a Global Health Networking Event, where our members will have the opportunity to connect with university faculty members whose work is grounded in global health or social justice. Through this event, we hope to strengthen our relationships with people who have years of real-world experience in the field and extend our support network outside of the undergraduate campus. We are also aiming to make our Annual Benefit Dinner bigger and better this year than ever before. Our benefit dinner committee is already hard at work making plans for this outstanding event, which will take place on March 3, 2017 at the Phoenix in Cincinnati. Keep an eye on your inboxes and mailboxes for more information!

While we are working hard to fundraise and advocate here in Cincinnati, SAW is continuing to work even harder to provide community health workshops, gender-based violence programs, family talk workshops, and mobile medical care to rural communities in the Phop Phra region. Their ongoing commitment to sustainability and to truly listening to the needs of these communities are making noticeable, positive changes in the area that we hope will continue for a long time in the future. In order to continue supporting SAW in the work that they do, we ask that you help in any way that you can through making a donation of any size.

Donations to our chapter can be made here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/globemedatcincinnati/. We thank you again for your enormous support and encouragement, and we look forward to all that the future holds for GlobeMed at UC.

 Yours in Health,

 Juliana Madzia, Linda Venturato, and the rest of GlobeMed at UC

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support of and interest in our chapter. This past year, GlobeMed at UC experienced unprecedented growth, both in membership and donor support. We are in an excellent position to take on ambitious goals, and we have many exciting plans coming up over the summer and into the next school year that we believe will be very influential in strengthening our partnership with SAW and promoting our growth and success as a chapter. 

Having exceeded our fundraising goal of $10,000 for the 2015-2016 school year, we now start again from the ground and work our way up. Since the beginning of our partnership with SAW, we have raised over $56,000, all of which has gone toward Community Health Outreach Programs and a Mobile Medical Team. Through these projects, we have been able to directly impact 5,500 Burmese migrants and indirectly impact 1,500 more. Without the hard work of all of our chapter members, the people at SAW, and the generous support of people like you, such success would be impossible. Moving forward, we hope to increase our impact even further - both in terms of the number of people that we can reach as well as the extent to which we can serve them. 

In June and July, five of our chapter members will travel to Mae Sot to lay the groundwork for the next stage of our project with SAW. In Mae Sot, these students will work with SAW staff to develop our Partnership Action Framework, a document that outlines the details of our partnership for the upcoming year. Additionally, these students will work to build personal relationships with everyone at SAW so that our partnership maintains the human aspects that are so vital to GlobeMed's mission. Within the next year, we plan to focus more on monitoring and evaluation of the project’s impact, successes, and failures so that we can better work with SAW to adapt and improve throughout the year. 

This year, we are aiming to make our Annual Benefit Dinner bigger and better than ever before. Our benefit dinner committee chairs are already hard at work making plans for this outstanding event, which will take place on March 3, 2017. Mark your calendars now and keep an eye on your inboxes and mailboxes for more information!

We thank you again for your enormous support and encouragement, and we look forward to all that the future holds for GlobeMed at UC.

Yours in Health,

Juliana Madzia, Linda Venturato, and the entire chapter of GlobeMed at UC

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Dear GlobeMed at UC Supporters,

As the semester continues, we are in the midst of our final fundraising push. On March 11th, we held our Third Annual Benefit Dinner at Music Hall in downtown Cincinnati, which is always our largest fundraiser of the year. Final profits have not yet been calculated, but we can be sure that the dinner was a success. Our keynote speakers were Dr. Chris Lewis, a Cincinnati family physician and founder of the Village Life Outreach Project, and Alyssa Smaldino, GlobeMed's current Executive Director. The benefit dinner could not have been the success that it was without the immense support of all who attended the dinner, donated items for the silent auction, provided catering, or volunteered at the dinner. We learned a lot from this event and look forward to begin planning next year's dinner!

As a recap on our history and our partnership, since GlobeMed at the University of Cincinnati’s start in 2011, we have raised over $46,000 for our partner and sent a total of 21 students to intern in Thailand. This year we have set our fundraising goal at $10,000 and will be sending 5 more students to Mae Sot to work directly with SAW to strengthen and sustain the partnership that is so vital to GlobeMed’s mission. Our project will directly impact 5,500 Burmese migrants in Thailand and will indirectly impact approximately 1,500 more. These impacts will be achieved by identifying health education focus areas and planning workshops to meet the health needs of communities in the Mae Sot area.

SAW aims to provide medical care to 58 communities by mobilizing a Mobile Medical Team and to train 20 additional Peer Educators, who will help to increase community reproductive and basic preventative health knowledge through the workshops that will take place in their own communities. SAW’s key target groups for this phase of the project are men and women ages 15-45 in the Phop Phra area and Burmese migrant students from 7 schools in Phop Phra.

Looking forward, the GlobeMed at UC and Social Action for Women partnership aims to increase the number of Peer Educators to satisfy the ever-growing need for health education in the Phop Phra region and to make health and safety a possibility for more and more people. GlobeMed at UC will be working in solidarity with SAW to maintain the strong sense of partnership that has been in place for the past 5 years. We hope to continue to be able to support SAW in a variety of ways, whether that may be financially or through an increased focus on advocacy that we plan to implement in the coming years. For the rest of the semester, we will be focusing on solidifying our plans for our summer trip to Thailand and continuing to develop our partnership plans for the coming years.

We are so grateful for all of you and your tremendous support. The work that we do would not be possible without your generosity and we consider ourselves lucky to have you in our network of supporters.

Yours in Health,

Juliana Madzia, Sami Nandyal, and the entire chapter of GlobeMed at UC

 

 

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Dear GlobeMed at UC Supporters,

We would first like to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season! We hope that this letter finds you in happiness and good health.

GlobeMed at UC is partnered with Social Action for Women (SAW), an organization that works to improve the lives of refugees from Burma who have fled to Thailand. By partnering with SAW, we strive to support them in their work to improve education, health, and quality of life for the communities with whom they work. Since our founding, we have been able to raise over $45,000 to fund the Community Health Outreach Project (CHOP) and have been recognized as the Student Organization of the Year for our efforts. We are pushing even harder this year to raise $10,000 more for our partner. We understand this is a huge amount of money to raise in one year, but we are far too driven and dedicated to our cause to be deterred.

Throughout the next year, we plan to finish fundraising for the fourth phase of CHOP, which will be an extension of all three of our previous phases. We want to hold more workshops for more people and include all the topics previously discussed: reproductive health, preventative health, mental health, and personal/dental hygiene. This holiday season, please think of SAW and think of the 5,460 Burmese migrants and children that our project will directly impact. Please consider supporting our cause, be it financially or by simply keeping the Burmese migrants in Thailand in your thoughts during this holiday season. Your contributions allow us to continue to work with SAW and implement sustainable, long-term programs that will help make health a possibility for people who currently have limited or no access to heath care. Any amount that you can donate will be greatly appreciated, no matter how small. Since our students work so closely with SAW’s leaders and workers, you can always be assured that your donations are going directly to where they are needed most.

We are so thankful for you, as your support and dedication to us have continued unrelentingly over the past years. We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have such a generous support network of friends, family, and community members. 

Yours in Health,

Juliana Madzia, Sami Nandyal, and the entire GlobeMed at UC Chapter

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Dear GlobeMed at UC Supporters,

As the new school year begins, we would like to reach out and thank you for the support and encouragement that you have demonstrated in the past year and since the beginning of our project. In the past several months, six of our members traveled to Mae Sot, Thailand to work directly with our partner organization, Social Action for Women (SAW), to review the progress that we have made, formulate a plan for the future, and build the communication and personal relationships that are so important to a strong partnership. Here in Cincinnati, we are busy recruiting new members and planning many campaigns and advocacy events. We currently have our largest chapter of all time and we expect this to be one of our strongest years yet!

In 2014, we were able to fund and implement the third phase of our Community Health Outreach Program (CHOP) and create a personal and dental hygiene curriculum for our workshops. This phase allowed us to broaden our reach into migrant schools and begin health education at a much younger age. We have been able to directly impact over 1,500 Burmese men, women, and children with our project. All of this would not have been possible without you - our amazing supporters. With your donations, we have been able to complete three projects - each a phase in CHOP - and touch the lives of over 3,000 Burmese migrants. We appreciate the incredible network of supporters we have developed and we tell our partner, Social Action for Women, just how much help we receive in order to implement our projects.

Throughout the next year, we plan to finish fundraising for the fourth phase of CHOP, which will be an extension of all three of our previous phases. We want to hold more workshops for more people and include all the topics previously discussed: reproductive health, preventative health, mental health, and personal/dental hygiene. We hope to directly impact 3,600 Burmese migrants and indirectly impact 6,000 more through the subsequent dissemination of the material covered. This year, our goal is to raise $10,000 for SAW. We hope that you will consider contributing to GlobeMed at UC so that we can continue to work with SAW and implement sustainable, long-term programs that will help make health a possibility for people who currently have limited or no access to heath care. Any amount that you can donate will be greatly appreciated, no matter how small. Since our students work so closely with SAW’s leaders and workers, you can always be assured that your donations are going directly to where they are needed most.

We are so thankful for you, as your support and dedication to us have continued unrelentingly over the past years. We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have such a generous support network of friends, family, and community members. 

Yours in Health,

Juliana Madzia, Sami Nandyal, and the entire GlobeMed at UC Chapter

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GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.globemed.org/​cincinnati
Project Leader:
Juliana Madzia
Cincinnati, OH United States
$8,790 raised of $10,000 goal
 
 
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