Global Public Health Brigades 2020
Who We Are
We are an alternative break service organization that partners with rural, low-resource communities in Central America and Ghana. We contribute to Global Brigades' mission of empowering communities within 5-10 years by achieving access to healthcare, water, sanitation, hygiene, and economic development, and ultimately achieving self-sufficiency.
Our project in Panama has three aims: (1) build public health infrastructure, (2) educate on personal hygiene practices and how to use/maintain public health infrastructure, and (3) engage in cultural exchange in order to learn the stories of the individuals in the communities we are partnering with. Specifically, we build hygiene stations along with local masons employed by Global Brigades and community members. These hygiene stations include a compost latrine, a shower, and a clean water storage basin, and are constructed out of concrete and cinder blocks. We mix concrete, dig pipelines to connect compost latrines to biodigesters, and help install water pipelines. In terms of education, we plan an activity with children in the community involving the importance of hand washing. We spend one-on-one time with the individual family members to get to know them and why they opted into Global Brigade’s Public Health program, as well. During the evenings of our brigade, we have reflections together where we talk about our experiences and connect them to the greater Global Brigades' mission.
The project goal for this year is to raise $6,000. This money will go towards covering our brigade cost and program fees which total to $890 per person amounting to $22,250 for the entire group. Some of these fees are associated with supporting the local people who help our group in country by preparing meals, driving us, and taking care of our housing.