January 30, 2012
After months of hard work, GlobeMed at Notre Dame is an officially recognized student club!!!! Now for those of you who are not familiar with the process of becoming a club here at Notre Dame, let me tell you, it is not an easy journey. It involves lots of paperwork, meetings with SAO, creating a prospective budget, finding a group of officers, and the list goes on and on. All of this could not have been done without our co-presidents, Jess and Jenna, our E-board, and our club members. And even though this has been a long and arduous process, I want to thank everyone who stuck with us by donating money or coming to our meetings or just showing an interest in GlobeMed. We are determined now more than ever to make this an awesome semester. So what’s next?! Well, here is a taste of what’s to come: weekly meetings where YOU get to express your own ideas and thoughts regarding global health issues, campaigns to raise money for our organization, PEDA, the GlobeMed Summit in April, and a possible GROW trip in the summertime! So get excited because this is going to be a great semester!!
November 25, 2011
With the holiday season just beginning, it is so important to give back. This Thanksgiving my family and I were playing a game where everyone puts in money, and the winner receives all the money in the end. My step-grandma ended up winning the 30 dollars and decided that she wanted to donate the money to an organization. I told my family all about GlobeMed, it’s mission, and how important and successful GlobeMed has been. My step-grandma immediately said she would love to give the money to GlobeMed. Her act of giving reminded me how important it is for us to give back to those less fortunate than us. So this holiday season become a GlobeMed Giver. It is a simple way to donate money to an amazing organization. Click on the link for more information!
Just before Halloween, Notre Dame hosted a wonderful dialog between Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutierrez entitled, Re-Imagining Accompaniment: Global Health and Liberation Theology. In the talk, Paul Farmer explained that real service to the poor involves understanding global poverty—a structured evil that is perpetuated and driven by human beings. Moreover, an understanding of poverty must be linked to efforts to end it. Poverty isn’t only an economic issue; it’s a human issue. We must therefore recognize the complexity of the reality of poverty and it’s victims. The poor need to be recognized as people, not as economies. Our mission therefore must be to provide a preferential option for the poor. This reminded me of GlobeMed’s mission statement: GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world, and this year’s globalhealthU theme: Poverty and Global Health.
In ghU this year, we will ask some of the most challenging questions: What is Poverty? What is the relationship between poverty and health? What causes poverty? How is poverty best alleviated? There are a lot of questions to which we don’t have the answers. But we do know that poverty causes suffering and is correlated to poor health. And we know that to be in solidarity with the poor, we must be against poverty. We know that while we may not have all the answers that must not stop us from being accompagnateurs; through GlobeMed we stand together as communities supporting communities.
It’s our role as students in the movement for Global Health Equity to never stop asking the questions, to never stop examining and reflecting on our roles and to never stop fighting for a better tomorrow. As Dr. Paul Farmer says, “you can’t understand poverty and not fight it; you can’t fight it and not understand it. We live in one world, not three. Hopefully through our globalhealthU discussions this year, we can all come to a better understanding of poverty: what it is and what we can do about it, and an understanding that as long as there is poverty and suffering we will need accompaniment; and as long as there is poverty and suffering we will be accompagnateurs.
A link to the full recording of the dialog can be found here! http://kellogg.nd.edu/ford/DoD.shtml
October 23, 2011
One of our partner communities, Bajo Lempa, El Salvador, is experiencing a flood due to some tropical storms in the region. Attached is a document that GlobeMed at Penn State’s partner organization, ACUDESBAL, put together. Please take a minute to look at it, and if you want more frequent updates I’d recommend checking out Voices on the Border’s Facebook page. They’re an organization with offices in Washington, DC and El Salvador and they have been helping with the evacuations.
The reason that ACUDESBAL exists is because after the civil war in El Salvador all the poor farmers were given land, but it was in a flood zone. As a result, the leader of the farmers’ army, Mario, started this organization to provide the community with basic public health services. So far everyone at ACUDESBAL is okay, but many in the community have been evacuated. GlobeMed at Penn State has set up an emergency relief fund on their Razoo page where will we be accepting donations to help the Bajo Lempa community. Please see the attachment to find out more about what the money would fund, and either way please keep them in your thoughts.
October 16, 2011
Here at GlobeMed, students and communities work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. GlobeMed @ Notre Dame partners with Promotion for Education and Development Association (PEDA) in Vientiane, Laos! PEDA is an amazing group that works to prevent malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDs by empowering local communities through education. They also support communities through sustainable fruit tree and vegetable garden projects and a new livestock program! Check out their website at www.peda-laos.webs.com.
So feel free to comment, re-blog, follow, or just read along because GlobeMed @ ND is truly an awesome club. As Steve Jobs would say, we are the “crazy ones.” But remember, “the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”