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. The projects are hosted by some of our international NGO partners in the Social Sector Franchise Initiative. In Summer 2017 and 2018, teams consisting of UNH students conducting service projects were generously supported with funding from UNH’s Emeriti Council Student International Service Initiative. An additional team has been funded by the Emeriti Council for a service trip in January 2019.
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 consisting of 12 students from a variety of majors will assist Mercado Fresco with market research activities to better understand customer needs and document 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.
The service team is coordinated by UNH's Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise and generously supported by UNH Emeriti Council International Service Initiative Fund (EC-SISI).
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. A UNH team of three nursing students assisted public health clinics in the communities which GPiH serves. Jordan Lavallee, Marisa Scampoli, and Hannah Morin-Roy are all nursing majors in UNH’s College of Health and Human Services. The student team implemented needs-based research and direct clinical care for the people of Togo while gaining valuable experience related to their intended careers, and making a vital contribution in Togo.
"All three of us have taken away so much from this mission. On top of the experience and skills we acquired medically, we have developed a deeper understanding of how culture and religion plays a role in the healthcare environment. We will apply this to our future practice in order to provide patient centered, culturally respectable care to all of our patients."
The service trip was coordinated by UNH’s Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise and generously supported by UNH Emeriti Council International Service Initiative Fund (EC-SISI).
In June 2017, UNH nursing students Kiley McKenna and Elizabeth Lapsley, and UNH engineering graduate Aboubacar Konate, 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.
The service trip 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.