GlobeMed at the University of North Carolina partners with Raising the Village to provide critical infrastructure, tools and training to recovering villages in Uganda.
GlobeMed at UNC - Chapel Hill + Raising the Village
GlobeMed at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Raising the Village | Kampala, Uganda
In 2006, 85% of Uganda’s population was living on less than a dollar a day. Today, that number is down to 52%. There is still a great need, but this number is an indicator of Uganda’s readiness for recovery and new opportunities.
“There are many young people living positively with HIV/AIDS who are sexually active. It is important to educate them and make them aware of their rights, responsibilities and obligations.”
– Francis Obutu
About the Partnership
While UNC –Chapel Hill has been part of the GlobeMed network for more than five years, this marks the first year that we will be partnered with Raising the Village (RTV). RTV is a nonprofit organization that partners with some of the most remote and impoverished villages in Africa to ensure they have access to all basic human rights, including access to clean water, education, healthcare, nutrition, and income generation. They provide much-needed training and infrastructure to empower local leaders and to enable villages to pull themselves out of extreme poverty forever. They have been able to support thousands of people in Uganda by focusing on the community rather than the individual, and by providing sustainable solutions to ensure that the community can thrive on its own and determine its own future. In RTV’s partner villages, households of 6 or 7 people typically live below 50 cents a day and there are no other service providers in the area to provide support. RTV’s innovative and holistic approach to recovery has led to projects such as the provision of bicycle ambulances and distribution of reusable feminine hygiene kits. In collaboration with RTV, GlobeMed at UNC aims to raise funds to support these recovery projects. In addition, we hope to increase campus awareness of extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and enable students to take action and become part of the solution.
Raising The Village (RTV) takes a community-based approach to its work rather than focusing on the individual, and its solutions are always sustainable to ensure the community can thrive on its own rather than depending on others long-term. In 2014, RTV plans on entering into partnership with 6 new villages for a total of 16 partner villages. A typical partner village of 500-1000 people costs approximately $25,000 on average, therefore GlobeMed’s contribution will go a long way to providing support to some of the most marginalized people on the planet.
GlobeMed at UNC – Chapel Hill aims to raise $11,000 to support their partner organization, Raising The Village, which works with some of the most remote and impoverished villages in Uganda to enable them to pull themselves out of extreme poverty forever. Raising The Village’s projects empower communities and improve health outcomes by addressing five major areas of development: education, water and sanitation, agriculture and nutrition, access to healthcare, and community development.