GlobeMed at Colorado College partners with Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya to improve the health of vulnerable communities.
GlobeMed at Colorado College + Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS
GlobeMed at Colorado College | Colorado Springs, Colorado
Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS | Western Kenya
In 2009 the HIV rate in Kenya was 6.3%.
“WOPLAH wishes to work with GlobeMed students to help in sharing and transferring information from different areas. It’s expected for us to learn from the students as they also learn from us.”
– Edwin Wetoyi, Program Coordinator at WOPLAH
About the Partnership
Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS (WOPLAH) was founded with Ambassadors of Hope to address the pain and suffering of orphans, vulnerable children, and people living with HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya. WOPLAH seeks to create good will for the most vulnerable children, families and the Western Kenya community at large. The GlobeMed chapter at Colorado College was drawn to WOPLAH’s focus on grassroots, sustainable methods of community development. Their partnership launches in the fall of 2012 and both WOPLAH’s and GlobeMed at Colorado College’s leadership are excited to kick off project design and fundraising.
GlobeMed at Colorado College aims to raise $4,000 to address the pain and suffering of orphans, vulnerable children, and people living with HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya by the end of 2012. At the initial stage of the project, 20 goats will be purchase to provide nutrition to approximately 150 vulnerable children and community gardens will be developed for 30 households to benefit the orphans and people living positively with HIV/AIDS. The third project includes community health dialogue meetings which will target 1,440 participants in a year.
The goat milk and vegetables will not only improve the nutrition status of these children, but also be sold for income. The Ministry of Agriculture will provide the goat capacity building trainings for these households which will support successful implementation. Lastly, community dialogue meetings will ensure continuing education of the 120 participants each month and thus reach approximately 1,440 participants in a year.