GlobeMed at CC partners with The Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS to improve the health status of vulnerable communities.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at Colorado College
Founded in 2012, GlobeMed at Colorado College works with The Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS (WOPLAH) in Mumias, Kenya. Together, we work to bring hope to orphans, vulnerable children and those living positively with HIV/AIDS through income generating activities, community gardens and community health dialogues.
Our Partner // Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Mumias, Kenya
The Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS (WOPLAH) was founded with the Ambassadors of Hope to address the pain and suffering of orphans, vulnerable children, and people living with HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya. The Ambassadors of Hope were all previously selected as leaders in their individual community support groups before coming together to found WOPLAH. Because of their strong ties to and understanding of the local community, WOPLAH is able to engage with their community through a participatory approach by linking their program design with various aspects of community welfare such as human rights, economic development, education and access to information. GlobeMed at Colorado College is currently working with them on a variety of projects related to the health of 120 orphans, vulnerable children and those living positively with HIV/AIDS.
Our Project // $15,000 for the expansion of existing projects and the purchase of water pumps for improving nutritional output of kitchen gardens
• Kitchen Gardens: WOPLAH partners with community-based HIV/AIDS support groups to rent or buy plots of land on which members can grow a variety of vegetables. Their crops can be sold for income or consumed by the members and their families to boost nutrition. This year, WOPLAH hopes to purchase water pumps in order to save time and energy for the support group members who keep the gardens.
• Goat & Poultry Rearing: Support group members receive training on raising and breeding dairy goats and chickens. Beneficiaries are trained to use the goats’ manure in their kitchen gardens to increase crop yield, while the chicken eggs serve as a secure source of nutrition and income.
• Jiggers Campaign: WOPLAH partners with district primary and secondary schools to treat jiggers-infected children and teach prevention. Last year, WOPLAH dispersed 90 pairs of shoes and 90 blankets to the community and hopes to increase that number this year.
• Health Talks: WOPLAH trains medical service providers to give health talks at local clinics and health facilities. These talks cover topics from HIV/AIDS and STI prevention to infant and maternal health.
• Children’s Clubs: WOPLAH has worked to establish clubs for vulnerable children and orphans from the community. At monthly events, children learn about reproductive health while playing sports and games.
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