Dear donors, friends, and supporters,
We hope the beginning of spring has started off on a lovely note! We would like to take this time to extend a heartfelt thank you for your ongoing support and donations and to update you on the status of our project.
Gulu Women’s Economic Development & Globalization (GWED-G) staff in partnership with our chapter of GlobeMed at Columbia University has been working very hard and making a lot of progress! As a chapter, we are dedicated to GWED-G’s mission and goals and have been hard at work to ensure we fulfill our fundraising goal. A big source of spring funds come from one of our most exciting events - Gala! As you might know, each semester GlobeMed at Columbia University holds a Gala fundraiser to spread awareness to the larger Columbia community about the work that GWED-G does. This semester, we partnered with Columbia's chapter of Beta Theta Pi to host an educational presentation. The presentation included information on HIV/AIDS, larger public health issues facing individuals in Northern Uganda, and the projects that GWED-G conducts in HIV/AIDS prevention. We discussed global trends in the occurrence of HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS both in the United States and in Gulu, Uganda.
Gala was, of course, not our only fundraiser that went well. The Fundraising Team also planned a number of traditional fundraising events. This semester, our Krispy Kreme fundraiser was extremely successful! We sold all of the donuts we ordered while also raising awareness about the programs that GWED-G runs. During the final exams period, we will be hosting a Do fundraiser to give students a study break!
In addition to our fundraising events, the Advocacy Team has taken the initiative to host a number of events. This semester, the advocacy team planned the following panel: "How Does the Environment impact your Health?" The panel was an opportunity to help educate both GlobeMed and the broader Columbia community about the relationship between public health and the environment. Two professors and a PhD student at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health came to speak about their work in the field.
Asides from the panel, the Advocacy Team organized a volunteer event at the Broadway Soup Kitchen as a bonding opportunity for the GlobeMed community. This provided GlobeMed members with a chance to spend time together and allowed the club to give back to Morningside Heights community to support the health of its members.
In addition, the ghU team has delivered thoughtful presentations, such as on the refugee crisis, all semester. Partnerships has done much the same while talking about the education system in Gulu, Uganda and so much more. Lastly, the communications team has been writing insightful blog posts to further continue the discussions from general body meetings!
Though much has been accomplished, plenty of activities lie in the near future. Through our annual Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) Internship, some of our members will travel to Gulu, Uganda during the summer. This year’s group is excited to meet the GWED-G staff and see our partnership in action!
We remain fully committed and dedicated to our partnership with GWED-G through our initiatives both on- and off-campus. With your support, GWED-G in partnership with GlobeMed at Columbia University can continue to reach vulnerable populations in Northern Uganda. We cannot thank you enough for all the change you enable through your generous donations.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments, and continue to follow our activities on our websites and social media platforms!
GlobeMed at Columbia University
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