GlobeMed at UT-Austin is funding the construction of a health library in Guarjila, El Salvador. Read below to see why I'm involved...
Although I have not been to Guarjila myself, many of our GlobeMed at UT members have and from hearing about their experiences I feel a very real connection with our partner clinic. The stories of the amazing and selfless doctors, the dedicated nurses, and the loving and hospitable members of the Guarjila community have all touched me so much that I whole-heartedly love them all without ever having physically stepped foot in their community.
GlobeMed at The University of Texas was founded in 2010 as a chapter in a growing network of university students trying to make a tangible, sustainable difference in global health. Our chapter is partnered with Clinica Ana Manganaro, a free healthcare clinic in rural Guarjila, El Salvador. Rather than just giving money or medicines, we strive to work in solidarity with the members of the clinic and community to create sustainable projects that they truly need. The people of Guarjila are very hard workers, but coming back from a terribly violent civil war is something that no one can do alone. Guarjila was on the forefront of the battles during the civil war and nearly every one of the current residents lost a friend or relative during the fighting. Some still bear marks of battle, but they have not lost hope. Salvadorans are a very resilient people and this small community is no different.
This year, I am the co-campaigns coordinator of GlobeMed at UT-Austin, which is an amazing opportunity because I have a lead role is raising the funds to help our partner. Our approach entails making tangible and sustainable changes, achieved through collaboration and empowerment of students and communities.
We are partnered with a community clinic called Clinica Ana Manganaro (CAM). It is the lifeblood of the community of Guarjila, located directly in the center of town, next to the school and the church and surrounded by houses. The staff of CAM are resilient, diligent and passionate - just like the people they serve, because they are one and the same with the people. The Civil War that ended in 1992 is a looming memory, but the community is fluorishing as rebuilding continues.
This year, we aim to raise $15,000 as a chapter and in partnership with CAM, build a community health library adjacent to the clinic. Even in Guarjila, constructing a new building is expensive, but we believe that this investment is truly that-- an investment into the future of the community. Through this outlet, we hope to help empower the residents to be able to make healthy behavioral choices for themselves. Building a library is not as glamorous as raising money for HIV treatments, cancer research, or a new orphanage, but it is important, very important, to develop sustainable healthcare infrastructure that will allow the communities to be self-sufficient in promoting health, preventing disease, and developing their local economies.
Help me raise $2,012 towards our goal of $15,000 for CAM this holiday season! A donation of any amount helps!
Thank you & happy holidays!
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