GlobeMed at Lawrence University partners with Health Development Initiative in Kigali, Rwanda to increase access to sexual health education.
GlobeMed at Lawrence University + Health Development Initiative
GlobeMed at Lawrence University | Appleton, Wisconsin
Health Development Initiative (HDI) | Kigali, Rwanda
The Community of Potters were known as the Batwa people before the Rwandan genocide, but since ethnic distinctions have been eliminated post-genocide, they have a difficult time getting recognition for their rights as a marginalized ethnic group.
“All the words in Webster’s dictionary could never explain the impact the GROW Internship had on me. There are a handful of events you go through in life that truly change you as a person down to your core. This was one for me. I was faced with realities completely out of my comfort zone, to the point where I look back and sometimes wonder how I got through it. The memories I made with the things I experienced and the people I was with will be with me forever. ”
– Gaelen Lombard-Knapp, Lawrence University ’13
About the Partnership
Health Development Initiative (HDI)-Rwanda is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Kigali, Rwanda. It was founded in 2005 by a dedicated group of Rwandan physicians who were united by a shared vision to improve the health of disadvantaged communities. Today, they strive to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare for all Rwandans through advocacy, education, and training in an attempt to bridge the gap between communities and the healthcare system. HDI as an organization prides itself on several key competencies including extensive understanding of the Rwandan health system, the promotion of health and human rights, and innovation in community health development.
GlobeMed at Lawrence is working with HDI on their Community of Potters Health and Development (COPHAD) project. COPHAD is a community-orientated development project working with a 450-500 person community of indigenous, rural Rwandans to help their community become sustainable in meeting its basic needs. During the ’14-’15 academic year, and the following summer, Lawrence GlobeMed members will be fundraising for a Pig Cooperative project, to provide them with a sustainable source of protein and revenue, and a Water Source project, which will pipe water closer to where they live, within COPHAD.
GlobeMed at Lawrence hope to raise $20,000 during the ’14-’15 year to fund COPHAD’s Pig Cooperative and Water Source projects. Once we fund these projects, and help implement them over our summer internship with HDI, we will be able to move onto new COPHAD projects toward the end goal of a thriving, sustainable community!