Many opportunities exist for UNH Students to contribute to the mission and work of our international social sector franchise partners through summer and J-Term service trips. We are currently recruiting students interested in being part of a small team of UNH students for Summer 2018 on one of these exciting projects. The projects are hosted by some of our international NGO partners in the Social Sector Franchise Initiative. In Summer 2017, a similar project was generously supported with funding from UNH’s Emeriti Council Student International Service Initiative. These Summer 2018 projects are also eligible for this funding, and we will support student teams in their application for funding.
Please contact Bill Maddocks if you are interested in participating!
Mercado Fresco/Supply Hope is a social sector franchise based in Managua, Nicaragua, which works with low income women in Managua barrios where access to healthy food is limited. Mercado Fresco operates home based convenience stores and push carts which offer healthy affordable packaged and freshly made food items and creates income generation for women franchisees. A UNH team, which should consist of at least one proficient Spanish speaker, will assist Mercado Fresco with market research activities to better understand customer needs, documenting program impact through data collection and documentation of procedures and evaluation of efficiency. The duration of this work would be about ten days in the field in Managua, Nicaragua.
Global Partners in Hope collaboratively develops international communities through a four-part, sequential, holistic, and sustainable process. Water is the beginning of making positive, lasting change to impoverished communities. After Water, Global Partners in Hope continues working to provide medical centers, sustainable energy and education & leadership training in remote areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Mali and Togo. One UNH team of nursing students, which could benefit from having at least one proficient French speaker, would assist public health clinics in the communities which GPiH serves. The duration of this work would be about seven days in the field in rural Togo. For more information and to apply, email William Maddocks.
Last June, UNH nursing students Kiley McKenna, and Elizabeth Lapsley, and Aboubacar Konate, UNH engineering graduate participated in a ten-day mission with Global Partners in Hope (GPiH) to conduct a community health needs assessment for the rural community surrounding the village of Agbelouve, Togo. GPiH uses a unique hub and spoke, social franchising model to deliver a wide range of health care services. A main hospital is built in a central location and then several smaller community clinics are set up a day’s walk away to serve local medical needs that do not require the more comprehensive services found at the hospital. Each small community clinic run by a nurse and operated at a franchise of the main hospital. The mission to Togo was coordinated by UNH’s Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise and generously supported by UNH Emeriti Council International Service Initiative Fund (EC-SISI) and the UNH Nursing Department.