GLOBEMED AT WHITMAN COLLEGE 2011-2012 Annual Report
students and communities improving health around the world
GlobeMed is a network of university students that partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY ARM Orissa, India
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY Medical AIDS Outreach Montgomery, Alabama
UNC-CHAPEL HILL Health Alert Uganda Gulu, Uganda
BETHEL UNIVERSITY Rural Economic Development Association Svay Rieng, Cambodia
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY RVCP, Butare, Rwanda Community of Hope Washington, D.C.
RHODES COLLEGE A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope Managua, Nicaragua
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PEDA Vientiane, Laos
BOSTON COLLEGE CCC-UNSCH Ayacucho, Peru
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY Primeros Pasos Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Cooperation for Social Services and Development Phnom Penh, Cambodia
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER Kallpa Iquitos Iquitos, Peru
BROWN UNIVERSITY Ungano Tena Nairobi, Kenya
INDIANA UNIVERSITY CEMOPLAF Cajabamba Cajabamba, Ecuador
TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY Maison de Naissance Torbeck, Haiti
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CareNet Ghana Hohoe, Ghana
BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY KIHEFO Kabale, Uganda
LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY Health Development Initiative Kigali, Rwanda
TUFTS UNIVERSITY Nyaya Health Achham, Nepal
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN Clinica Ana Manganaro Guarjila, El Salvador
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY GWED-G Gulu, Uganda
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO Jambi Huasi Otovalo, Ecuador
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ASPAT Lima, Peru
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Build Your Future Today Center Siem Reap, Cambodia
CORNELL UNIVERSITY CEPAIPA Guayaquil, Ecuador
MIT Women Mobilizing for Development Bokeo, Laos
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Social Action for Women Mae Sot, Thailand
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON WDA Phnom Penh, Cambodia
CU-BOULDER HHC, Jawalakhel, Nepal Courage Is Change Denver, Colorado
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE Gardens for Health International Gasabo, Rwanda
UCLA Nwoya Youth Center Anaka, Uganda
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON COWS Kampong Thom, Cambodia
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE Kachin Women’s Association Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization Masaka, Uganda
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER Buddhism and Society Development Association Kampong Cham, Cambodia
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY Dios es Amor Lima, Peru
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY ASOSAP Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY HOPE Center Ho, Ghana
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Tiyatien Health Zwedru, Liberia Joy-Southfield Detroit, Michigan
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS UDHA Iganga, Uganda
DUKE UNIVERSITY Salud Sin Límites Siuna, Nicaragua
OBERLIN COLLEGE Center for Community Health Promotion Hanoi, Vietnam
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY KCRC Bushenyi District, Uganda
WHITMAN COLLEGE Burmese Women’s Union Chiang Mai, Thailand
EMORY UNIVERSITY MAP Foundation Chiang Mai, Thailand
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY ACUDESBAL Chiapas, Mexico
AMHERST COLLEGE Pastoral de La Salud San Salvador, El Salvador
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
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.
We believe every human life has equal worth and every person deserves the chance to thrive. This belief has drawn together our network of students, communities, and supporters from all walks of life and from every corner of the world. Health for all is within our grasp, but we can only achieve it by working together.
PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE GlobeMed at Whitman College
Dear friends and supporters of GlobeMed at Whitman, Wow. What a journey this has been. GlobeMed at Whitman’s inaugural year has brought challenges and rewards greater than we could have imagined. Thank you for supporting us; without the help of our incredibly dedicated leadership team and staff, and contributions from our wonderful donors, we could not have made our accomplishments possible.
IN THIS REPORT:
Our chapter began in August 2011 with one founding member and grew until the end of the year in May with over 20 committed members. It has been a year of growth and hard work for both ourselves and our partner organization, Burmese Women’s Union. We are proud to announce that we have exceeded our goal and raised over $3,775 for both a Reproductive Health training project and a Nutrition project with Burmese Women’s Union in Mae Sot, Thailand
2011 – 2012 AT A GLANCE
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These funds were possible from generous donations through our individual giving campaign as well as fundraisers on campus that we hope will become traditions for years to come: Hike for Burma, Wing it for Women Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, and a Coin War. We also hosted a professor panel on Global Health, an awareness event for World AIDS Day, and screened the film Burma VJ on campus. We’re proud to announce that we sent our first team of GROW interns to work on-site in Thailand Summer 2012!
GRASSROOTS ON-SITE WORK INTERNSHIP
As you take a glance through this annual report to see our year in review for yourselves, we hope you can see the passion and love behind the work that we do. Again, thank you.
In solidarity, Colleen Bell and Kate Runkel 2011-2012 Co-Presidents
10 WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE 11 GLOBEMED GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT 12 OUR FUTURE
14 STAY CONNECTED 15 THANK YOU
November 29, 2011
December 1, 2011
Professor Panel Discussion World AIDS Day Awareness
January 19, 2012 Book Discussion
Professors Pribilsky and Russo discussed the distinction between global health and public health.
A poster was hung up in the Reid campus center which asked the question, "Healthy Sex is...." and students walking by filled out post-it notes with their comments.
We discussed the book "Half the Sky" with GlobeMed members and other students.
February 7, 2012
March 31, 2012
April 20, 2012
First StaďŹ€ Meeting
All StaďŹ€ Retreat
All staff meeting to get together and learn more about GlobeMed
We went to Whitman's College Cabin on Mill Creek. We cooked dinner and played games to bond as a group.
Students made teams of five and played Frisbee on Ankeny, the campus green. We had three games with six teams.
April 2-13, 2012
May 4, 2012
Hike for Burma
Six resident Halls participated in a competition to win ice cream bars and a private concert by one of the acapella groups on campus. Dollars counted as negative points and coins counted as positive for the competition.
Students went on a hike in the Umatilla mountain range. We hiked next to a stream and looked at wildflowers.
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
2011-2012 AT A GLANCE
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GlobeMed at Whitman College
ABOUT US In 2011, a student at Whitman saw no major outlet for global or public health through the college curriculum and so she founded GlobeMed at Whitman. Our chapter has grown from two members to twenty members this year. Our partnership with the Burmese Women's Union was established in the fall of 2011. We have raised over $3,700 this year to support a women's reproductive health program and a nursery.
since our founding in august 2011 , our chapter has grown from 10 to 20 members.
Burmese Women's Union WORKS IN MAE SOT, THAILAND POPULATION: 206,000 BWU serves Burmese women in migrant communities and refugee camps in Thailand. The organization was founded by a group of young women who fled Burma in the aftermath of the military junta's violent crackdown in 1988. Preventative care and education is virtually absent in Burma; people KEY FACT: There are immigrate with little knowledge of nutrition, sexually 170,000 Burmese refugees transmitted illness (STI), and family planning. Language barrier, location of factories and camps, and lack of supplies in camps along the Thaiand health professionals leave Burmese with limited access to Burma border alone. healthcare in Thailand. Unwanted pregnancies, unsafe KEY FACT: There is an abortions, domestic violence and rape are prevalent, which estimated 80% illiteracy perpetuate the spread of STIs, and contribute low self-esteem rate among women in the and depression among migrant and refugee women. --Paraphrased from Thwel Zin Toe border region.
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ABOUT BURMESE WOMEN’S UNION FOUNDED IN 1995 “While working in the movement for peace and democracy along the Thai-Burma border, BWU's young founders recognized that there was a lack of awareness about women's rights and gender issues, among both women and men in Burmese society. They formed BWU to work towards the acceptance of women's rights in Burmese society and to encourage women to participate in the political and social reform that is necessary for peace and stability in Burma. Today BWU operates along the ThaiBurma, India-Burma and China-Burma borders. By providing educational trainings, increasing access to accurate information and providing women a safe place to gather and [to foster discussion], BWU works to increase the capacity of women from Burma to participate in the pro-democracy movement. BWU believes that multi-ethnic unity and women's participation are imperative to the building of a democratic, peaceful society in Burma.” --Thwel Zin Toe, BWU
OUR PROJECT Burmese Women’s Organization
GlobeMed at Whitman College Why maternal health? The women’s reproductive health project is critical to filling the gap in reproductive health education for Burmese migrant and refugee women. Burmese women are denied their right an education by the corrupt Burmese education system and the economic hardships faced by lowwage migrant factory and farm laborers. Reproductive health education and the provision of family planning supplies will directly prevent the unwanted pregnancies, STIs, and unsafe abortions prevalent among migrant women, and further the long term goal of empowering Burmese women.
225 WOMEN WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PROJECT.
$1,834 TO PURCHASE MATERIALS FOR THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH TRAININGS AND CONTRACEPTIVE MATERIALS.
GlobeMed at Whitman raised $1,833 to fund reproductive health discussions and trainings for Burmese women migrant and refugees in Mae Sot, Thailand. " The reproductive health education project includes one three-day reproductive health training for women in the Mae La Oo refugee camp, ten one-day reproductive health trainings for Burmese women in the Mae Sot migrant community, and materials providing 40 women with birth control for one year. The targeted women are refugees, or migrant laborers employed illegally to be underpaid, denied their rights, and abused by employers. Because these women lack access to education and higher paying jobs, the refugee and migrant communities see fertility rates above their economic means, and high rates of domestic abuse and accompanying mental health issues. This reproductive health training project aims to restore women’s right to reproductive health, positively impacting 225 women.
Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.
Hike For Burma
Whitman students spent an afternoon hiking for the Burmese Women's Union in the Umatilla Forrest in Oregon.
Whitman students living on-campus participated in a coin drive for two weeks. The section with the most amount of points won an ice cream sandwich party and a Capella performance.
Wing it for Women
Whitman students formed ultimate frisbee teams and spent an afternoon participating in a tournament.
Our members reached out to friends and family to help support our partner.
MONEY RAISED $283.70
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
Total funds raised for Burmese Womenâ€™s Organization in 2011-2012:
$3,806.49 In our first year in GlobeMed partnering alongside the Burmese Women's Union in Thailand, our chapter has raised over $3,000.
CAMPAIGNS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR
Coin War April 2-13, 2012 Whitman students in six residence halls participated in this fundraiser. Each hall was divided into sections, which then competed against themselves to earn the most points. Points were earned by donating into the hallsâ€™ containers. Coins were positive points (i.e. quarter = +25) and dollars were negative points (i.e. $1 = -100). Therefore, students placed coins in their sections' container and dollars in other sections' containers. The winning sections won an ice cream sandwich party and an a Cappella performance.
Hike For Burma May 4, 2012 18 Whitman students and GlobeMed members spent an afternoon hiking in the Umatilla Forrest located in the state of Oregon. The goal with this particular campaign was to foster solidarity with Burmese refugees that fled Burma, as well as have an afternoon in the great outdoors. Participants' registration fee included transportation, snacks, a TShirt so generously donated by Sports Authority in Holland, Ohio and a small donation to the Burmese Women's Union, our partner organization.
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.
2011-2012 CURRICULUM ORIENTATION Chapter members were equipped with a thorough understanding of the values of GlobeMed and explored their personal values.
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POVERTY AND HEALTH Chapters conceptualized poverty and sought to explore the connections between global health and poverty.
Since this was the inaugural year for GlobeMed at Whitman College, globalhealthU was a key part of setting the tone for our chapter and laying a foundation of knowledge for our members. Beginning with an overview of what global health is, identifying key terms, and exploring what poverty is, we set the stage for more in-depth discussions surrounding these issues. We had particular success creating poverty-health cycles where each small group depicted how ill health contributes to poverty, which cycles back around to influence ill health. Another successful lesson we had was our indepth investigation where we looked more closely at the political situation in Burma to better understand our partner. globalhealthU was an integral part of laying the foundation for our GlobeMed chapter because it encouraged discussions surrounding confusing topics that led people to ask questions and expand their knowledge of the issues of global health.
THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS We considered the views of six developmental economists to explored the root causes and paths out of poverty. INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION Chapters conducted an indepth investigation on a topic of interest. STUDENTSâ€™ ROLE Following a critical discussion of our role in perpetuating poverty, we sought to understand how we can be effective advocates. REFLECTION Chapters reflected on the year behind them both as individuals and in the context of their chapter.
globalhealthU ON-CAMPUS EVENTS
“What is Global Health?” Professor Panel Panel Discussion with two professors about “What is Global Health?” with Professors Pribilsky and Russo.
World AIDS Day On World AIDS Day we asked people to answer the questions, “What is Healthy Sex?”
Burma VJ We hosted a film screening for “Burma VJ.”
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 # OF CHAPTER MEMBERS:
# OF COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENTS:
During GlobeMed’s first year at Whitman College, community building activities focused on bringing together a new group of people and developing relationships that transcended academic disciplines and grade levels to unite our chapter members around global health issues. The fall staff retreat gave the executive board an opportunity to get to know one another. In the spring, we spent a night at Whitman’s College Cabin allowing us to hang out together outside of regular meetings. After the final campaign, we held a picnic to discuss our accomplishments from the first year and to identify goals for the following year.
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[GRASSROOTS ON-SITE WORK]
"The generosity, hospitality, and passion I've seen in the women of BWU is inspirational. These women have dedicated their lives to empowering other Burmese women, undeterred by the obscene human rights abuses, harsh gender inequalities, and danger to themselves. They are like the Rosa Parks of Burmese women.â€? -- Abbey McGrath, c/o 2012
03 LENGTH OF STAY: 06 weeks JUNE 6 2012 â€“ AUGUST 1 2012
# OF GROW INTERNS:
WORK DESCRIPTION: GROW interns will be focused on observing BWU programs, building relationships with members of the organization, and discovering the largest human rights and health disparities in the Burmese migrant and refugee population. Traveling between Mae Sot, the Mae La Oo Refugee Camp, and the BWU offices in Chiang Mai over 6 weeks, we will be able to begin to evaluate each of the GlobeMed funded programs. Developing personal relationships with women in BWU and in the migrant and refugee community will build trust and strengthen our partnership as well as our understanding of the health disparities faced by Burmese women.
Through Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) internships, students build capacity of their partner organization, engage in mutual learning, and ensure long-term stability of their partnership.
â€œINJUSTICE anywhere is a THREAT to JUSTICE everywhere.â€? MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
GLOBEMED AT WHITMAN COLLEGE joined 45 other GlobeMed chapters across the nation in a network-wide commemoration of the 4th Annual World Day of Social Justice during the week of February 20, 2012, by asking professors to dedicate five minutes of class time to a discussion on how poverty and social justice relates to their field of study. GLOBEMED TEACH-IN HIGHLIGHTS: This project was special in that it allowed professors connect social justice to their personal fields and expertise. Professors could choose to talk about the economics of social justice, the environmental impacts, etc. While it was not out of the ordinary for some professors to bring the topic of social justice into their lectures, others had never seemed to do so before but we still able to make strong connections to their academic field and the ideas behind social justice.
Number of professors who participated in the WDSJ Teach-In:
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WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
Participating Departments: General Studies (Encounters) Chemistry Sociology Religion Race and Gender Studies
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed February 20th as World Day of Social Justice in 2007. Observation of WDSJ supports efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social wellbeing and justice for all.
WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE WDSJ Teach-Ins GlobeMed at Whitman College asking professors to dedicate five minutes of class time to a discussion on how poverty and social justice relates to their field of study.
"The more you look at the world you see it's a monster that doesn't want to change." Professor Matthew Fox, Adjunct Assistant Professor of General Studies at Whitman College
"There are four conditions to engage in as a person interested in changing the world: caring, cynicism, creativity, and credibility." - Professor M. Fox
"Be creative with problem solving. Think outside the box, because the box is too screwed up to function." - Professor M. Fox
"Face the issue of it being your responsibility to care and try to do something, that is the good kind of cynicism." - Professor M. Fox
"You cannot see the whole of history if you only talk about kings. You haven't seen the whole world if you don't look at poverty, class, and gender issues." - Professor Sally Bromann, Adjunct Assistant Professor of General Studies at Whitman College View more photos and quotes at www.globemedwdsj.tumblr.com
2012 DELEGATES: Colleen Bell, Kaitlan Benner, Meghan Browne, Tatiana Kaehler, Laura Euller
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2012 GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT
"Through the development of partnerships, we can forge long-term relationships with communities, rather than the â€œone-night standâ€? often used by volunteers. Working together will allow us to go far in the global development movement. Partnerships are essential in creating sustainable, culturally acceptable, and necessary change in our increasingly connected world. Passionate students, who hope to change the world, will see their efforts thrive if they keep this principle in mind."
-- Tatiana Kaehler, c/o 2015
The annual GlobeMed Global Health Summit brings together university students from across the nation for three days of intensive lectures and workshops with representatives from grassroots global health organizations and a range of experts.
OUR FUTURE "After studying Health and Human Rights in India my Junior year I was eager to continue my studies and involvement in global health. The foundation of GlobeMed my senior year gave me that outlet and not only allowed me to further my understanding of global health but also to work with like-minded people and spread awareness of current global health issues.â€? â€“ Katie Miller, c/o 2012
All of us at GlobeMed@Whitman are very excited for the future. We are proud of all that we have accomplished this past year, but also ready to expand and build off the foundation we have laid. This past year we focused a lot of attention on getting our name and our mission "out there" and now we want to do that for BWU. We hope to see Burmese Women's Union not only become closer to our club next year, but to the campus as a whole. Therefore, we plan on focusing many of our campaigns (fundraising, educational, and awareness) on connecting the campus to BWU. However, we don't want to just stop at Whitman campus! We would also love to branch out into the Walla Walla community. We hope to make this possible by advertising our events off-campus more and even hosting some events themselves off-campus, as well volunteering more in the community as a team. Obviously, we don't want to "bite off more than we can chew" next year, but these are goals that we hope to accomplish step by step over the next few years. At the end of the day, we would like to be able to ask a student, or an active Walla Walla community member, what they know about GlobeMed and/or BWU and have them be able to say at least one thing. Perhaps by next Spring we just want them to be able to recognize the name, but the next year our goal will be to have them be able to describe our mission, and so on.
In 2011 – 2012, GlobeMed at Whitman College raised $3,776.49 Burmese Women’s Union to support projects in Mae Sot, Thailand.
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OPERATIONS & GRANTS!
Current Finances! Cash Reserves!
2012-2013 University Funding! EXISTING BALANCE!
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A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2011 â€“ 2012 year a great success:
THANK YOU INDIVIDUALS
Faculty Advisor: Chetna Chopra. Donors: Scott Pillarelli, Barbara Evilsizer, Belle C. Richards, Leigh Abrahamson, Daniel F. Bell, Carolyn Rusch, Kevin Bell, Ryan Bell, Peter K Shorett, Bill Lubov, A Grant Burr, Barbara Miner, Mary Runkel, Denise Smigaj, Kent Benner, Karin E Wieneke, Lauren Buxton, Bruce Burr, Charyl Ohrberg Butenko, Rachel Miller, CN Alexander, Lee Murray, Richard J Patterson,
Christopher Lusto, R I Archer, Whitman Events Board, Jean Laumeyer, Robert A. Associated Students of Laumeyer, Ann E Marchand, Whitman College, Team Louis Fiset, Aiden Byrne, Debra S Miller, David P Horne, Sports of Holland, OH, Pat Rosemary OConnell, Luke Bender. Rodriguez, Jeanette M Lim, Martin F Smith, Jacqueline M Smith, Christina Monsaas, Nancy L. Roehr, Darcy L. Browne, Jill W Stevens, Kerry Yeager Stevens, Penelope Reilly, M Roberta Dornan
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