Global Partner – Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) // Butare, Rwanda
The Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) is a grassroots organization run by students from the National University of Rwanda located in Butare, Rwanda. It is part of the larger International Student’s Association of Village Concept Projects. Working with students and local volunteers is a key part of the foundation upon which RVCP is built as it strives to increase awareness and develop students’ problem solving skills, aptitude for fieldwork, and project planning abilities. RVCP takes creative approaches to solving problems found in the communities surround and in Butare, Rwanda. RVCP also works to bring sustainable income generation projects to those communities as well as working with the Huye Health Center and sponsoring several youth clubs focusing on both malaria prevention and STD/HIV prevention.
LOCAL PARTNER – COMMUNITY OF HOPE’S HOPE APARTMENTS // WASHINGTON, D.C.
Community of Hope (COH) is a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that provides underserved families with the resources they need to live healthy, stable lives. COH’s programs address an array of challenges that low-income families face including finding affordable housing, access to healthcare, case management services, tutoring, and more. GlobeMed at GWU works with COH’s temporary housing program, Hope Apartments, which provides transitional housing for 10 families with children where the head of the household is in recovery for substance abuse. This is the only transition program that allows families to stay intact while the head of the household recovers.
GlobeMed at GWU sends 4-5 volunteers to Hope Apartments each week to educate the mothers, teens, and children about different health and health-related topics. The sessions vary based on the womens’ interests and have previously focused on nutrition, child bullying, career development, myths about sexually transmitted diseases, and more. At one of the recent sessions, GlobeMed at GWU brought in a Zumba instructor to teach a class and inspire the women to incorporate exercising into their daily habits.