Dear GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati supporters,
Since our last update letter, a few changes have occurred within our chapter. One of which is due to supportive individuals like you! Our chapter has successfully raised over $16,000 for our partner Social Action for Women (SAW). This money will be used to fund the second phase of the Community Health Outreach Program (CHOP) and begin the training of Peer Educators in the migrant communities. The other big change has been the transition from old to new Executive Board members and Co-Presidents. With this change in leadership have come ambitious goals for the next year in campaigns, community building, globalhealthU lessons, and partnerships. As one of the new Co-Presidents, I am overwhelmed with excitement at the passion and dedication each new executive member has to making our chapter, partnership, and project as successful as it can be.
The school year has come to an end, but our Partnerships Co-Directors (Radhika Teli and Charles Ebersbacher) and GROW team (Ceejay Boyce, Co-President, Shanelle Davner, Director of Communications, Codee Boyce, Campaigns Coordinator, and Adam Voegele, GROW Coordinator) are still very busy working on the beginning of the implementation CHOP II, next year’s project (which is still being determined), and the next GROW trip which will take place July 30-August 22 this summer. We have been working closely with our partner contacts Ye Ye Win and Thwin Linn Aung throughout this process to help plan our trip and get feedback on what to improve on while moving forward with our partnership. With the financial support of friends, family, and other generous donors, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of Burmese migrant workers and their families.
As highlighted in our first report, CHOP I has reached out to ten different migrant communities in the Phrop Phra region to provide health education workshops to recruited men and women to disseminate basic knowledge about communicable disease prevention on migrant workers. CHOP II will afford 20 Burmese Migrant Workers the opportunity to generate income for themselves and to be trained in basic health education practices. It is estimated that 17,000 Burmese migrant workers live in the Phop Phra region, the majority of whom live on less than $1 per day. Because the workers are forced to work 10 hours per day picking corn, spraying fields with pesticides, and digging potatoes to meagerly feed their families, health education has fallen by the wayside. This second phase of the project will allow education to occur constantly. Not only will the 20 peer leaders become highly educated in disease prevention but they will also share that information with current citizens who will share with their children and further generations to come.
We cannot express how important your support is in making our vision a reality. Your trust in students making an impact in the movement for global health equity and social justice is appreciated more than you know. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
Yours in health,
Ceejay Boyce and Mahima Venkatesh
Co-presidents, GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati