As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking some time to reflect on the exciting year we’ve had here at GSC. We’ve grown our team, welcoming incredible interns and staff members. We’ve added on a new program in Cambodia, which has already taken off with remarkable speed. We were honored by USAID grantee Fintrac for our work in sustainable agriculture and nutrition in Tanzania. We also formalized a partnership with SUNY-Albany and Pannasastra University for our service-learning programs in Cambodia.
What we’re most proud of is the work we’ve accomplished in Cambodia and Tanzania. Using the United Nation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as our guidelines, we’ve made a significant impact on community health, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention and youth empowerment in both Cambodia and Tanzania.
In 2000, the United Nations developed the MDGs as part of a bold, united vision to support the world’s poorest people. In December of 2015, these goals meet their deadlines. With only one year left to achieve these goals, we believe that it’s the perfect time to reflect and assess our impact on the eight Millennium Development Goals:
At GSC, we pride ourselves on developing our programs in Cambodia and Tanzania with acute awareness about critical local needs.
In Cambodia, steady economic growth has resulted in major improvements in all sectors of society, however, the country still struggles with the wide-reaching effects of the Khmer Rouge genocide in the mid-1970s. We are working to help the Cambodian people recover and grow. Here’s a quick view of the work we do in Cambodia:
GSC’s work with teaching basic and conversational English is designed to provide Cambodians with the valuable skills they will need to succeed in an increasingly multilingual world. Our work with orphans and youth in slum populations empowers young people to realize their limitless potential. GSC’s newest program is working to build youth into active, peace-minded leaders in their communities and beyond. Cambodia has made remarkable progress in its fight against HIV/AIDS and other public health issues, and GSC’s International Health Program has been right along with them all the way.
Tanzania has similarly made progress in its development goals, particularly regarding MDGs 2,3, 6 and 7, however it lags on other indicators, including MDG 1, 5 and 8. Here are some quick statistics about GSC’s impact in Tanzania for the year 2014:
In Tanzania, drought, poultry disease and malnutrition are major obstacles to eradicating poverty and hunger. These obstacles are made even more significant as the majority of Tanzania’s poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. GSC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program has stepped up to provide the materials needed to help achieve food security and improve nutrition, including keyhole gardens, tree nurseries, and water catchment systems. In addition, GSC trains our communities on proper usage, maintenance and best practices for these technologies. This work was honored by the USAID TAPP project and its grantee, Fintrac.
For decades, HIV/AIDS in Africa has been one of the most pressing public health issues worldwide. GSC’s HIV/AIDS Day Camp for disadvantaged youth and its interactive community trainings work to address this issue among cross-sectoral populations. Tanzania has experienced a significant reduction in the rate of HIV/AIDS among its population; however, much is left to do. GSC remains steadfast in its goal to educate the Tanzanian people on HIV/AIDS and the related issues of nutrition, food security and sustainable agriculture.
The UN’s Millennium Development Goals were created with high expectations to spur collective global action. While success across the developing world has not been uniform, Global Service Corps is up for the challenge and committed to the communities we serve. Let the new year begin!