A project of GlobeMed
GlobeMed at UR works with Kallpa Iquitos to promote physical and mental health as well as community and youth empowerment in Iquitos, Peru
Who We Are // GlobeMed at the University of Rochester
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester began by garnering interest in fellow students passionate about social justice and global health equity in the Fall of 2010. Interest in forming a strong relationship with a grassroots partner organization, and advancing the growth of global health knowledge in the Rochester and partner community, sparked a growth in membership as the year progressed.
Our partnership with Kallpa Iquitos was established the same fall, and became increasingly more meaningful as different members of the group were able to Skype and contact Zully, the community health director at the organization, thereby strengthening the Kallpa-Rochester bond.
With 40 chapter members, over $5,000 raised for Kallpa, and 2 remarkable interns learning about the impact of community cohesion and education through a GROW trip to Iquitos in our first year, we cannot wait to see what next year will bring.
Our Partner // Kallpa Iquitos in Iquitos, Peru
Associación Kallpa in Iquitos is part of the larger Associación Kallpa organization whose overall mission is to create healthy communities through “partnership, democracy, respect and creativity”. Initially focusing their work in schools with youth health promoters, in 2005, Kallpa adopted the idea of “healthy communities” as their central focus.
Kallpa in Iquitos fully embodies the idea of working together as a community to fight health injustices and build a more equitable environment in the Iquitos area. They aim to achieve this goal by focusing on developing the "youth as protagonists" program, empowering youth leaders to improve their communities.
Currently, Kallpa's Youth Promoters are working with the older members of the community to create projects surrounding themes of sanitation, sexual and reproductive health, violence and drug abuse, and environmental health within their barrio. Together with the older members of the community and Kallpa, they develop their ideas into practical projects that tangibly impact the well-being of their community.
Our Project // $7000 for sexual, physical and emotional health and community and youth empowerment
GlobeMed at University of Rochester plans to raise $7000 to improve sanitation and infrastructure for waste disposal in the communities of Pampachica, to implement educational and preventive health programs on behalf of the residents, and provide academic support and guidance to school-age youth including resources to apply to institutions of higher education. These programs are designed to build a greater sense of community in the neighborhoods of Pampachica,but also to reduce the incidence of STIs and teen/unplanned pregnancies and provide maternal health resources to families and provide educational opportunities to the youth.