As we begin our General Body Meetings for the semester and as we welcome our GROW Team back to DC, we have some big changes in store! During our most recent GROW trip, the interns continued observing the status of the Maternal Health Education Program, including the status of the cooperative farming initiative for women who have completed the education program. It was realized, in a collective decision among GlobeMed at GW, GlobeMed National Office, and the RVCP, that further funding would not provide a sustainable solution to the issues existing in the program. For this reason, GlobeMed at GW will be repartnering with a new NGO by the end of this academic year.
Our focus this semester will, then, be to ensure a smooth transition of partnership and to ensure that the RVCP is equipped with as many resources as possible to apply for and receive the newly available government funding for their education program and for the cooperative. The Rwandan government, under the VIsion 2020 plan, aims to provide increased funding for programs exactly like RVCP’s eduction and cooperative programs. Rather than preventing them from receiving such funding as a private donor, we plan on equipping them with the knowledge and skills to receive the funding that is available to them. In the spirit of sustainable, country-owned aid, we feel that we’ve reached a natural point at which to repartner, one where our partner has benefited from our previous work and will further benefit from independence from a US-based NGO.
Back in DC, we have some exciting events planned for this semester! We will be fulfilling our financial commitments to RVCP, and therefore will continue fundraising. On Parent’s Weekend at GW (Friday 18-Oct until Sunday 20-Oct), we have our annual Hydrate for Humanity event, where we plan to sell water bottles in the name of sustainable and clean water sources. We have a lot more events coming up as well, so check back here or on our Facebook page for even more information!