New Year's Day 2013 marks the haflway point of GlobeMed at CU-Boulder's fourth year of partnership with Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) of Kathmandu, Nepal. After the first semester, the staff at GlobeMed at CU-Boulder has successfully raised over $11,000 to support various projects that HHC directs in the most remote regions of Nepal. GlobalGiving alone has raised nearly $600 directly for the Women's Empowerment program since our last update. Numerous other campaigns including a benefit dinner and Holiday giving campaign have proven successful to contribute to our $11,000.
Per the title of our GlobalGiving page, we also are supporting a cook stove and latrine program. HHC has trained various village personnel to build cook stoves so that they are as effective and efficient as possible. Composed of mud, water, straw, and dung, these stoves will filter the smoke up and out of the house. The stoves will also allow more efficient burning of firewood by filtering the heat directly to the pots being used. The Cook Stove program is a program that immediately benefits the health of families who cook over an open fire, in their house. Not only does it reduce the amount of smoke inhalation that occurs, but it saves firewood so that women do not have to spend as many hours hiking up to the jungle to gather firewood.
The latrine program totally restructures the water and sanitation situation in the villages. This project is a long term project that will provide every household with an improved latrine in HHC’s villages, thus vastly decreasing open defecation and health detriment due to poor sanitation. Each latrine can provide a family of four proper disposal of human waste for 15 years.
On behalf of all the staff at GlobeMed at CU-Boulder, we want to thank you for your support. We wish you a Happy New Year and may all your resolutions prosper.