GlobeMed at Cornell University 2016 â€“ 2017 ANNUAL REPORT
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Imidido Project | Ruhengeri, Rwanda Project Bona Fide | Ometepe, Nicaragua RE-PARTNERSHIP Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development | Tamil Nadu, India Ungano Tena | Nairobi, Kenya CCC-UNSCH | Ayacucha, Peru Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS | Western Kenya Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization | Gulu, Uganda AMMID | San Marcos, Guatemala Himalayan Health Care | Jawalakhel, Nepal Kachin Women’s Association Thailand | Chiang Mai, Thailand SHED Foundation | Shirati, Tanzania Migrant Assistance Program Foundation | Chiang Mai, Thailand Escuela de La Calle | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Set Her Free | Kampala, Uganda Primeros Pasos | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Nancholi Youth Organization | Blantyre City, Malawi Trailblazer Foundation | Siem Reap, Cambodia Health Development Initiative | Kigali, Rwanda Hope Through Health | Kara, Togo Gardens for Health International | Gasabo, Rwanda RE-PARTNERSHIP RE-PARTNERSHIP Young1ove | Gaborone, Botswana Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization | Masaka, Uganda Adonai Child Development Center | Namugoga, Uganda Komera | Kayonza, Rwanda COVE Alliance | Kapeeka, Uganda A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope | Managua, Nicaragua ChangeALife Uganda | Migyera, Uganda Jambi Huasi | Otavalo, Ecuador RE-PARTNERSHIP Asociación Tierra | La Concepcioón Masaya Mission for Community Development | Uganda PHASE Nepal | Kathmandu, Nepal RE-PARTNERSHIP Social Action for Women | Mae Sot, Thailand Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative | Mukono, Uganda Dhulikhel Hospital | Kavrepalanchok, Nepal Buddhism for Social Development Action | Kampong Cham, Cambodia RE-PARTNERSHIP Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation (PEOF) | Morazán, El Salvador Kyetume Community Based Health Care (KCBHCP)| Mukono, Uganda Young1ove | Gaborone, Botswana Population Education Development Association | Vientiane, Laos Choice Humanitarian | Piura, Peru Social Organization for Voluntary Action | Odisha, India Alternative for Rural Movement | Odisha, India SparkMicrogrants | Mbale, Uganda Wuqu' Kawoq | Tecpan, Guatemala Sacred Valley Health | Cusco, Peru Build Your Future Today Center | Siem Reap, Cambodia Network for Ecofarming in Africa | Molo, Kenya Children of Peace | Lira, Uganda Uganda Development and Health Associates | Iganga, Uganda RE-PARTNERSHIP Burma Humanitarian Mission (BHM) | Eastern Burma Logan Square Neighborhood Association | Chicago, IL, USA
About GlobeMed Mission GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world.
Vision We envision a world in which health â€“ the ability to not only survive but thrive â€“ is possible for all people.
We believe every human life has equal value. This belief has drawn us together from all corners of the world. Health for all is within our grasp if we work together.
The Co-Presidents Dear Friends,
We are proud to document and share our successes from these past semesters with you. Our year began with an outstanding recruitment that allowed us to become a chapter of over 45 talented, compassionate student-activists—a record in GlobeMed at Cornell history. This year we also maintained strong relationships with alumni to inspire current and prospective members. Our weekly meetings consisted of essential GlobeMed activities— engaging with current global health and social justice issues, learning about our partner AMMID, and developing campaign strategy. We were also lucky to have been joined by special guests during some general body meetings, including global health expert Dr. Jena Curtis, and leaders from a student-led mental health support service on campus. We were excited to release our Purifier drink fundraiser (in honor of our water filtration project) and treat the members of Cornell campus to a rock climbing excursion—all while raising awareness and funds for our partnership in Comitancillo, Guatemala. While we started new traditions, we kept original ones too: the Global Health Gala and Strip for Solidarity helped us raise over $2,000 for our water filtration project with AMMID. Our health equity initiatives went beyond campaigns, as we started a global health newsletter to promote information of public health issues that affect the community, the country, and the globe, while expanding our presence on campus. To our supporters and donors—thank you. Without you, none of this would have been possible. We are also grateful for the assistance and encouragement provided by Global Headquarters and by our predecessors. While we will miss the opportunity to be as involved as we were as co-presidents and executive board members, we are excited and proud to pass the torch to the prolific leaders who will serve the chapter in the coming semesters. We look forward to continuing to see what our network of activism can accomplish. Sincerely,
Alexandra Burton and Diana Litsas 2016-2017 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Cornell
About our Chapter
GlobeMed at Cornell
GlobeMed at Cornell was founded in the fall of 2010 by ten passionate students dedicated to the pursuit of global health and social justice. Our chapter was originally partnered with CEPAIPA (El Centro de Promoción de Atención Integral para Adolescentes) in Ecuador, a partnership that ended during the 2013-2014 school year. We accomplished much with CEPAIPA, sending six students on GROW trips and raising over $17,000. Three years ago, GlobeMed at Cornell repartnered with AMMID (Asociación Maya-Mam de Investigación y Desarrollo, or, Association Maya-Mam to Promote Research and Development) in Guatemala. In the three years that we’ve partnered with AMMID, we’ve raised over $24,000 and sent nine students on GROW trips to help install over 200 sustainable water filters in rural villages in Comitancillo, Guatemala. We are so excited to continue our commitment to AMMID, and to see where this partnership takes us!
since our founding in September 2010, our chapter has grown from 10 to 45 members
since our founding in September 2010, our chapter has raised over $42,000
KEY FACT: 78% of children under 5 in Comitancillo are malnourished 78% of children in Comitancillo are malnourished
Our Partnership Asociación Maya Mam de Investigación y Desarrollo (AMMID)
Comitancillo, San Marcos, Guatemala Population: 60,000 Comitancillo is a community whose population is 99.5% Maya Mam, located in the Sierra Madre mountains in the department of San Marcos. In Comitancillo, people speak the indigenous language Mam, but Spanish is taught in the schools. Many are worried that the Maya Mam culture is in the process of extinction due to globalization and the lack of programs that promote cultural identity. Currently, people make their livelihoods in Comitancillo mainly through agriculture, sale of labor, sale of textile crafts, and livestock raising and sale. Ninety-five percent of the population is considered to be in poverty, with 78% of the children under five years old malnourished. AMMID is a grassroots organization based in Comitancillo that was founded in 1997 to promote sustainable development in the Maya Mam communities in which they work. AMMID describes the health and education situation in Comitancillo as “precarious,” with limited access to health care and lack of political protection from things like deforestation, mining chemicals, and limitations on water access. AMMID is working to mitigate these issues by strengthening the abilities of community members to better their quality of life by providing trainings in areas such as sustainable agriculture, nutrition, self-management, and empowerment, while always promoting the Maya Mam identity. GlobeMed at Cornell first partnered with AMMID in 2014.
BY THE NUMBERS: Key metric: 77 sustainable water filters Cost of project: $7,506 What the money directly funded: Purchase and installation of water filters, maintenance and training of local women
GlobeMed at Cornell raises $8,000 to fund the purchase of water filters for the indigenous population of Comitancillo, Guatemala
This year, our chapter funded the purchase of 37 new sustainable, cost effective water filters and the renovation of 35 others. Because access to clean water in Comitancillo is very limited and water-borne illnesses are common, especially in young children, these filters directly improve the lives of approximately 500 people. The filters are distributed to families in outlying communities, who pay a small portion of the cost of the filter. They are simple and easy to use, as families only need to pour water into the top of the filter and then have a large quantity of clean water in the morning. Female representatives of outlying communities are taught how to maintain and install the filters, and they share that knowledge with the rest of their community.
Campaigns Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.
Global Health Gala
GlobeMed at Cornell hosted 2 speakers in the fall to give talks about mental health and it impacts health around the world.
Strip for Solidarity 5K 5K race in Cornell Botanical Gardens
Rock Climbing for Water Filters
Indoor rock climbing event on campus with instructors
Partner with a local cafe, Collegetown Bagels, to sell a drink created by GlobeMed members
Duffield Hall Bake Sale
Members made baked goods to be sold in a study space on campus.
Members reached out to family and friends.
Total funds raised for AMMID in 2016-2017:
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Campaign Highlights ROCK CLIMBING FOR WATER FILTERS We hosted a rock climbing event at Cornellâ€™s Lindseth Climbing Wall that attracted approximately 80 students! With five climbing instructors available, attendees received climbing lessons and time to boulder.
STRIP FOR SOLIDARITY 5K Our annual 5K run attracted approximately 50 students. All clothing stripped by attendees was donated.
Community Building Through service and team-building events, community and camaraderie is fostered around global health and social justice within GlobeMed chapters, the GlobeMed network and surrounding communities.
Total number of chapter members in 2016 â€“ 2017: 45 Number of community-building events: 8 Internal: This year, we were successful in retaining our new and old members throughout the year. Our bonding events included group dinners, hikes, and weekend festivities. We also continued GlobeMentors, a way for older GlobeMed members to foster closer relationships with newer members of the group. We are currently working on ways to improve the communication between current members and alumni. Members of our chapter also volunteered with Friends of Farmworkers, a Cornell University program that provides language tutoring for farmworkers in the area who speak little or no English.
globalhealthU globalhealthU is GlobeMedâ€™s signature year-long global health curriculum. This student-designed and driven program equips students with the critical thinking skills that will inform a life of leadership for global health.
GlobahealthU has had an immense impact on our chapter this year. On of the main focuses this year has been on creating a safe environment where members of GlobeMed at Cornell can freely exchange their ideas and opinions on a wide variety of health and social justice issues both around the globe and here in Ithaca. We held nearly one GHU discussion per chapter meeting and this year was our first ever public GHU event consisting of a forum panel on US healthcare.
KEY QUESTIONS WE ASKED THIS YEAR
Why do human rights exist?
Is health a human right?
Why do some populations have greater access to basic human rights than others?
How are rights influenced by oneâ€™s environment?
How do we translate human rights into action?
globalhealthU highlights from the year
Guest speaker: Dr. Jena Curtis, SUNY Cortland Dr. Curtis spoke to gHU and Globemed chapter members about her work on social justice in India, and gave advice on how to build partnerships and strong relationships with communities abroad and from different cultures.
Newt Gingrich Town-Hall When Speaker Gingrich came to Cornell to speak, gHU decided to to take the opportunity and bring chapter members to the event in order to engage political leaders in a dialogue on the future of global health. Here are a few of our chapter members in line to ask questions!
This year was also the first year that our chapter was able to hold a public gHU event. The event was centered around the future of US health care and had a panel consisting of representatives from students, faculty, and various political and social action groups who answered questions from an open audience.
Leading Bravely: Finding Strength in Diversity The annual GlobeMed Global Health Summit catalyzes mutual learning and collaboration between 300 students and leaders from a variety of health-related sectors. It provides delegates with the space to form relationships grounded in values of social justice and health equity.
“This was my first Summit and I absolutely loved it. It was inspiring to be around so many people who were so passionate about their projects and who had a common passion for global health. I already can’t wait for next year!” -Sarah Crowe, Class of 2018
List of 2017 Summit delegates: Sarah Crowe
# of GROW Interns: 3 Length of Stay: 3 weeks DATES OF TRAVEL: 5/20-6/11
GROW Internship Grassroots Onsite Work
Through Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) internships, students build capacity of their partner organization, engage in mutual learning, and ensure long-term stability of their partnership.
Our GROW interns participated in a diverse set of activities during their visit at AMMID this summer. In addition to collecting information about the specifics of the water filter project and meeting many women who have received them, they regularly shadowed AMMID employees who perform other types of community work. Each day, they traveled to an outlying rural community to witness and help with workshops in womenâ€™s empowerment, nutrition, dental care, and agriculture. They also created video interviews of AMMID employees discussing their work and culture, so that this information can be more easily shared with other GlobeMed at Cornell members and the local Ithaca community.
GROW not only engages us with our partner organization, a value in and of itself; it also shows us that when we share our stories and work together, seemingly small acts combine to produce a powerful movement. -Giulia DiMarino, Class of 2019
Finances In 2016-2017, GlobeMed at Cornell raised $4662.39 for AMMID to support projects in Comitancillo, San Marcos, Guatemala.
Revenue Events (Campaigns)
Internal Chapter Revenue
Sent to Partner Total sent to partner that was fundraised in the 2016-2017 academic year Total sent to partner that was fundraised prior to the 2016-2017 academic year
TOTAL SENT TO PARTNER IN 2016-2017
Current Cash Position
GlobeMed at Cornell
Our Future Dear Friends, This past year at GlobeMed at Cornell has been full of great ideas and passionate people. Our members worked through good experiences and bad ones towards the achievement of a simple ideal â€“ universal access to basic health care. Our goal as incoming leaders is to build off the successes of the past and to learn from the failures while staying true to this ideal. We have an enthusiastic executive board who is already hard at work planning for the upcoming year, during which we hope our members will be become closer to each other and to the members of our incredible partner organization AMMID. Earlier this summer, three GlobeMed at Cornell members traveled to Comitancillo, Guatemala for an eye-opening GROW trip. They came back with wonderful stories, pictures, and memories which we plan to share with the rest of the general body through our bimonthly partnership spotlight presentations. These presentations occur throughout the year and are designed to keep our general membership connected to and informed about our partner. Recently, we have begun to plan our campaigns for Fall 2017, including our annual gala and 5K run. Specifically, we are looking to reach the wider audience of our local community through creative means of advertisements, incorporation of community leaders, and integration of committees like Campaigns and Communications. Another goal is to increase our presence on campus through our recently-created bimonthly newsletter, which seeks to inform readers about international, national, and local health and social justice issues in a format which is approachable and interesting. In general, we are hoping to diversify the members of our GlobeMed community by recruiting a broad spectrum of students with different backgrounds, ethics, and areas of study. We believe that the strongest opportunities to learn come from conversations with people who have had different experiences, especially when these differences lead to conflicting opinions. We hope to foster growth through mutual respect and open dialogue, and also to learn to understand others with different views than our own, an especially important lesson in todayâ€™s tumultuous political climate. The members of our club believe that everyone deserves basic rights, including access to simple amenities which we are lucky enough to take for granted â€“ such as access to clean water. Our approach to global health is rooted in empathy, education, communication, and sustainability, which we deeply believe is the path to a healthy and meaningful partnership. That is why we spend our time and energy raising funds for water filters for AMMID to disperse to their local indigenous community. If you would like to donate to this cause, please go to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainable-agriculture-in-guatemala/. Thank you for your continued support and interest in our GlobeMed chapter, and we are so excited for the year to come! Sincerely, Shivani Bahl and Sarah Crowe
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