GlobeMed at Duke partners with Salud sin Limites in Siuna, Nicaragua to support the rights and health of women and children.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at Duke
GlobeMed at Duke partners with Salud sin Límites of Siuna, Nicaragua to support the health of indigenous populations that have historically been marginalized by the central government in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (la RAAN). Together, they built a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence that provides safety, psychological services, and a place for women to rebuild their lives.
Our Partner // Salud Sin Limites (Health Unlimited) in Siuna, Nicaragua
Salud sin Límites (SSL) Nicaragua (Health Unlimited) is part of the International Health Unlimited network (now Health Poverty Action). SSL works in the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (La RAAN) of Nicargua with indigenous communities that have been historically marginalized by the central government. This branch of the Health Poverty Action network was founded to prevent HIV amongst youth, create a safe space for mothers to give birth, and protect children from violence.
La RAAN has some of the highest rates of inadequate housing, poor water supply, overcrowding and low education levels in the country. To improve the health and infrastructure of this region, SSL engages local youth in education around sexual health, leadership development, advocacy training and “radionovelas”—weekly radio shows which discuss a diverse set of health and social issues the communities face. GlobeMed at Duke joined SSL in fall 2010 and have raised over $22,000 since.
Our Project // $9,000 to Renovate Women's Shelter
In coordination with Salud Sin Limites and the Women's Commission of Siuna, GlobeMed at Duke spent the past two years raising money for a women's shelter for victims of domestic violence. The shelter, El Centro de Atencion Psicosocial, opened in March of 2014. The shelter offers food, lodging and psychological services for women while they go through the legal process of filing their case. Legal advocates accompany the women to their trials and ensure that their case is appropriately addressed. Women who stay in the shelter for longer periods of time receive schooling to learn how to read and write. The shelter also runs a 12-week women's empowerment group for women in the shelter and from the local community.
GlobeMed at Duke hopes to raise $9,000 this year to help finish the remaining renovations, expand the shelter's services and launch a small business to help the shelter become financially self-sustainable.
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