It has been a while since our last report but in that time GlobeMed at Cornell and CEPAIPA have been busy working on exciting projects!! As mentioned earlier, the students at CEPAIPA have been involved in traveling the region to educate and inform the community about HIV and AIDS. In late November, the students planned and held a festival in Santa Elana, Ecuador in support of World AIDS Day. The festival included musical performances to keep the community entertained and maintain active participation. Attached below are the pictures of the eventful festival!
Another initiative Dr. Alexandra has taken on is to get the parents of the kids who volunteer for CEPAIPA more involved in their lives. Since these are more at risk children she is trying to facilitate more dialogue within the family and more respect for parents to increase family unity as these kids are at high risk for drug use and gang involvement. She has been organizing meetings for parents to come to to talk about conflict resolution strategies and has also been doing in-home one-on-ones.
MINI GROW TRIP OVER BREAK
During Cornell's winter break, four of GlobeMed Cornell students traveled to La Libertad, Ecuador to FINALLY visit and meet Dr. Alexandra and the students of CEPAIPA! After spending over a week with Dr. Alexandra and the amazing people at CEPAIPA, the bond between GlobeMed at Cornell and CEPAIPA is stronger than ever! Check out the blogs of the students' experience at the links below.
Community enjoying the performance