When the 2013 GROW Team came back from Cambodia this summer, they brought back lots of Cambodian love and spirit, but also some bad news. Unfortunately, the Women’s Development Association (WDA) was running out of funding from their other partnerships for their projects and capacity had dwindled down to one staff member. As our members worked to help Executive Director, Soreach Sereithida, find ways to secure new funding- GlobeMed’s National Office made it clear to the chapter that our partnership had to come to an end as the funds we made would only contribute to paying Thida’s salary instead of supporting health education projects.
Within the next couple of months, the chapter struggled to move forward with campaigns and events, as we did not know what type of projects we’d be supporting and what we’d have to work on. However, many of our members reached out to Thida in Cambodia and are still working with her in helping secure funding through grants and other partnerships. Though we are no longer partnered with the WDA, the relationship we have with them is still strong, and we wish them the best in the future.
Our new partnership came at the end of January. GlobeMed at University of Washington will now be partnered with the MINDS Foundation in Gujarat, India, working on mental health education and treatment programs. With only 5000 mental health professionals in India (1 in 5 people live with mental illness), the MINDS Foundation works with 1-on-1 with communities and other small grassroots organization to provide education, health, and moral support to people living with mental illness.
As a chapter, we have been given a great opportunity to start again from the beginning in building a new relationship with our new partner. We are still in the process of learning more about our partner and we have been discovering new things every day! Our campaigns and events are now resuming at full speed and we are excited to see what the future will bring!