World Cup at White House

GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana, Photography
[caption id="attachment_54" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The GlobeMed at Northwestern GROW trip members and fellow American students. Photo courtesy of Reema Ghatnekar."][/caption] So far, our time here has been amazing. Last Saturday, we went to one of the local bar/restaurants, White House, to watch the Ghana versus USA soccer game. We met some fellow American students, as well as many locals. It was amazing to see how excited the entire country was about the World Cup games, especially since Ghana is the last African country left. After Ghana won, the entire city began to celebrate. An impromptu parade began around Ho and the city was completely alive: people were singing, dancing, and hugging in the middle of the street, completely ecstatic about Ghana’s victory over the US. Tonight is the Ghana versus…
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Kathleen’s updates from the H.O.P.E. Center

Fundraisers, GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana
The H.O.P.E. Center is aammaaazzzziiinnnggg, and yes, it does deserve all of those letters. It's so great to see the H.O.P.E. Center in person -- not just in pictures -- and just to see where all of our hardwork and money goes! Keep it up everyone! The staff is wonderful -- all so nice and welcoming. Sister Mary just laughs at us all of the time. I think she thinks our accents are funny. Margaret is literally amazing and definitely one of the coolest people I've ever met. I made the mistake of telling her that I am afraid of spiders so she hasn't let me live that down at all and mentions it every time she sees me... greatttt... We had a lizard crawling all over our walls and…
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Healing at H.O.P.E.

GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana, Photography
[caption id="attachment_41" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Children walking around the H.O.P.E. Center. Photo by Allyson Westling / GlobeMed at Northwestern."][/caption] I am in the company of fascinating, wonderful people. Since I’ve been in Ghana, there has been no shortage of men, women, and children coming to welcome me into the community. One of the neatest people that I’ve had the privilege to spend time with is the H.O.P.E. Center’s head nurse, Margaret. She and I have had many conversations about the Center and its partnership with GlobeMed over the last week. Everything from balancing the Center’s operating budget to designing the next phase of the childhood nutrition program to taking steps toward the design of a future maternity ward- we’ve already begun to lay out a solid plan for next year. [caption…
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Living the dream…

GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana, Photography
Greetings from Ho! I have been in Ghana for a few days now, and am loving every minute of it! It has been so neat to meet the community and H.O.P.E. Center staff members, and become more familiar with the surrounding area. Yet, my favorite part so far has been my first visit to the H.O.P.E. Center. Seeing the actual structure has been a dream come true! It is so awesome to be able to visit the place that all of GlobeMed’s hard work and energy goes into supporting. The Center is a remarkable place -- it is embraced by the community as a safe place to come for medical treatment, advice, lessons on proper nutrition and support. Our partnership with them is truly a privilege. I have already begun…
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Getting ready to GROW in Ghana

GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center
This summer, four of us GlobeMed members will be heading to Ghana to spend the summer at the H.O.P.E. Center for this year’s GROW project. We have been busy designing projects that will continue to build upon the Center’s existing programs in a sustainable fashion. Here is what each of us will be doing while we are in Ghana: “I will be educating young mothers in the village of Kodzobi on how to prepare soybeans and introduce them into their childrens' diets. In addition, I will be working on the education material to make it more accessible to the villagers and the mothers. As a group, we will also be conducting a general health survey in the surrounding villages to gauge a better understanding of what types of programs and…
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Developments at the H.O.P.E. Center

GlobeMed, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana
As the school year comes to a close, GlobeMed at Northwestern is gearing up to send yet another group of students to visit our partner clinic, the H.O.P.E. Center, in Ho, Ghana. This time, our team will be working specifically on expanding the clinic’s child nutrition program, for which we have received $15,000 in grants and donations to use over the next five years. With such exciting plans for the future, it’s important to take a step back and look at the H.O.P.E. Center’s achievements over the past year. Since last summer, our two projects, the child nutrition program and adolescent sexual health resource center, have grown both in size and scope. The nutrition program launched its new peer educator component, which trains mothers in the community to plant protein-rich…
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