For the past 3 years, I’ve devoted my time to GlobeMed at Columbia University. Our chapter of GlobeMed partners with Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) in Gulu, Uganda. GlobeMed and GWED-G work together to design, fund, and implement projects in these areas:
1. HIV and AIDS
2. Maternal Health
3. Reproductive Health
4. Economic Empowerment
This trip is called the GROW trip. GROW stands for Grassroots On-site Work and is an integral part of GlobeMed’s partnership model. GROW offers the opportunity for interns to form relationships with members of their partner organization and partner community. Additionally, it allows the partner organization to better understand GlobeMed’s work and mission, and to share resources and information that will help the chapter raise more funds the following year.
The three primary goals of the GROW trip are:
1) To strengthen, add to, and expand programs, resources, and knowledge of the partner organization for the purpose of having a positive impact on their community
2) To engage in mutual learning in order to strengthen all aspects of the partnership
3) To ensure long-term stability through evaluation and strategic planning
For more, be sure to check out the GROW team’s blog HERE.