Nourish students from our 45 chapters across the country have solidified their partnerships for Summer 2014. We seek to partner with organizations whose missions align with ours to make a lasting impact on extreme global poverty.
Here is another installment announcing all of our 27 Projects for Summer 2014!
Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, and UC-Berkeley—FADCANIC
The University of New Mexico Chapter will work with Arizona State University and University of California Berkeley to rebuild a women’s recovery house in Nicaragua. They will partner with the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC) who works to encourage the success of indigenous and ethnic communities throughout the region. By rebuilding the women’s medical recovery house, they hope to improve the wellbeing of women in Nicaragua.
Dayton University—Chijnaya Foundation
The University of Dayton Chapter will work with the Chijnaya Foundation in Southern Peru. The Chijnaya Foundation partners with rural communities to design projects in health, education, and economic development. The Dayton Chapter will work to create smoke-free stoves in the Juliaca community of rural Peru. This community suffers from severe smoke inhalation from the fire-burning stoves in their homes, therefore these smoke free stoves will help with their eye and respiratory health. In this two-year partnership, the Dayton Chapter is dedicated to providing smoke free stoves to most households within the Juliaca community.
University of Minesota –Global Mamas
The UMN Chapter will partner with Global Mamas, a grassroots organization in Accra, Ghana working to improve the lives of women by teaching them traditional fabric-making skills and helping them sell handmade fabric goods in the US. The Minnesota Chapter will provide computers, establish a database to track business progress, and teach basic computer to expand the women’s’ businesses.
Miami University –Runa
The Miami University Chapter will partner with Runa to help farmers develop more sustainable practices and spread awareness about the guayusa plant. They will implement agroforestry and environmental education with communities living in poverty in Napo Province, Ecuador. They hope to maintain and preserve the cultural heritage of these communities and provide a reliable source of income for the families within the region.
University of Georgia—Rural Agency for Sustainable Development
The UGA chapter will partner with RASD. Together they will work to sanitize the local water supply in Nkokonjeru, Uganda. Without access to clean water, local communities are at high risk for waterborne illnesses such as cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and bacterial diarrhea. To help sustain their work, they will help set up a community panel that will oversee the maintenance of the newly enclosed water source. With the help of the panel, the community will learn how to use the new materials, which will continue to improve the quality of life in their community for years to come.
Rice University—Project Amazonas
The Rice Chapter will work with Project Amazonas, an organization dedicated to providing the people of the Peruvian Amazon with adequate modern health care and health education. Local school teachers, members of the parent-teacher association at the local schools, and Rice students will work together to construct sanitary latrines, improve access to clean water, and improve the quality of water containers at three local local schools.
Wellesley College and Wake Forest University—MEERA
The Wake Forest and Wellesley Chapters will partner with MEERA, Mutual Education for Empowerment and Rural Action. MEERA is an organization dedicated to improving communities in India and their level of knowledge for sustainable health. Together, Nourish and MEERA will plant a community garden, which will provide healthy foods for the community as well as an opportunity to gain income. They will also conduct health education seminars on various health subjects and hygiene issues.
The University of Idaho—Slukat Learning Center
The U Idaho Chapter will partner with the Slukat Learning Center to provide English and computer classes for 150 students in Bali. The Slukat Learning Center works to give Balinese children the opportunity to create a better life for themselves. They believe that with a strong education they will be able to qualify for better paying jobs, which will help them flourish in the local job market.
Vanderbilt University and Virginia Tech—Mayan Families
The Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech Chapters will partner with Mayan Families to construct community gardens that will provide a sustainable source of food for families in Guatemala. The Nourish Project interns will work alongside community members involved in agriculture to build the gardens and plant the seeds. They will also work to educate the community about the importance of organic community gardening and how to maintain the gardens after the interns leave. The gardens will provide a reliable source of food for the Mayan people for years to come.
Juniata College, Duke University, and Penn State University—Community Concerns Uganda
Juniata, Duke and Penn State Chapters will partner with Community Concerns Uganda and implement a saving and loans program and a health education project. Community Concerns Uganda is a non-profit organization, working to improve the social, economic, and psychological status of the communities in which they work. The Nourish Project interns will support members of a Group Savings Program already in place by teaching them savings and entrepreneurship techniques, taking records, and monitoring their business activities.
You can learn more about all of our 2014 Projects in the Giving Challenge.
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