GlobeMed at UNC partners with Raising the Village in Uganda to support the recovery and empowerment of communities still recovering from the Ugandan Civil War and living in ex
GlobeMed at UNC - Chapel Hill + Raising the Village
GlobeMed at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Raising the Village | Kampala, Uganda
In 2006, 85% of Uganda’s population was living on less than a dollar a day. Today, that number is down to 52%. This number still represents a great need, but it also indicates Uganda’s readiness for recovery and new opportunities.
“Bearing witness to the good work that these individuals do on behalf of their community is one of the most effective actions we, as youth, can perform.”
– Julia Baker
About the Partnership
While UNC – Chapel Hill has been part of the GlobeMed network for more than five years, this marks the first year that they will partner with Raising the Village (RTV). RTV partners with some of the most remote and impoverished villages in Africa to ensure they have access to all basic human rights. These include access to clean water, education, healthcare, nutrition, and income generation. RTV provides much-needed training and infrastructure to empower local leaders and support thousands of Ugandans by putting the community at the center.
Raising The Village currently operates in ten villages across Uganda. In RTV’s partner villages, households of 6 or 7 people typically live below 50 cents a day and there are no other service providers in the area to provide support. RTV takes an innovative and holistic approach to recovery, developing projects such as the provision of bicycle ambulances and distribution of reusable feminine hygiene kits. In collaboration with RTV, GlobeMed at UNC aims to financially support these recovery projects. They also hope to increase campus awareness of extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, enabling students to take action and become part of the solution.
Raising The Village (RTV) takes a community-based approach to its work rather than focusing on the individual, and its solutions are always sustainable to ensure the community can thrive on its own rather than depending on others long-term. In 2014, RTV plans on entering into partnership with 6 new villages for a total of 16 partner villages. A typical partner village of 500-1000 people costs approximately $25,000 on average, therefore GlobeMed’s contribution will go a long way to providing support to some of the most marginalized people on the planet.
GlobeMed at UNC – Chapel Hill aims to raise $11,000 to support projects addressing education, water and sanitation, agriculture and nutrition, income generation and access to healthcare in recovering villages in Uganda.