On behalf of Columbia GlobeMed, we would like to wish all of you a happy new year and express our gratitude for your continuing generosity and support. We write to you today to update you on our collaboration with the Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) and the progress we have made over the past several months.
As you may know, GWED-G implements both short and long-term projects to promote maternal and infant health, peace building, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in northern Uganda. To raise awareness of their efforts and fundraise to support their projects, Columbia GlobeMed has held several fundraisers and advocacy events over the past semester, including a Krispy Kreme fundraiser, collaborative event with the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP), our annual HillTop Conference, and a cookie dough fundraiser.
The collaborative event with HRAP challenged its attendees to think critically about obstacles in providing accessible care and the security risks faced by human rights defenders globally. This year’s HillTop Conference also widened its attendees’ perspectives on the political motives behind healthcare policy and accessibility. The conference was titled Political Perspectives - Inequalities and Access to Care in the Global Health Arena and brought together students from Columbia and other universities across the nation for an engaging weekend of lectures, panels, and group discussions. Professionals with backgrounds ranging from academia to non-profit work generously lent their time and shared their experiences as panelists and speakers for the conference.
Our fundraising efforts this past semester and the generosity of our supporters have allowed us to make headway towards our fundraising goal for the year, which stands at $23,368. We have several exciting events planned in the coming months to help us achieve this goal. Our members are working hard to organize a gala event, candy gram/rose sale, cookie dough and Krispy Kreme fundraiser, as well as several other events still in the works!
Additionally, as you may know, several of our members will be traveling to Gulu, Uganda this coming semester as part of the GROW internship. This year’s GROW coordinator and group has been selected and is beginning preparations for their trip. They will be communicating with Pam, GWED-G’s founder, to determine what our chapter can do to best serve GWED-G’s needs.
Thank you for your incredible support and continual involvement in our chapter and in GWED-G. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or suggestions and stay up to date with our events by following us on social media!
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