Ana Manganaro

Cassady Allen, pre-physical and health promotion senior, sorts through clothing at the thrift shop that was held at West Mall on Friday. The thrift shop was put on by GlobeMed, an organization that promotes the sustainability of people living in El Salvador.
Photo Credit: Claire Schaper | Daily Texan Staff

Tables covered with piles of used clothes lined the West Mall on Friday to raise funds for a sustainability project in Guarjila, El Salvador.

GlobeMed, an organization that started on campus in 2010, partnered with a clinic in Guarjila, Clinica Ana Manganaro, to improve the health of people living in El Salvador. 

According to Michelle Zhang, Plan II sophomore and campaigns committee member for GlobeMed, Clinica Ana Manganaro notifies GlobeMed about the health project initiative for the year, and GlobeMed creates events to raise money and collect donations.

“The emaphsis for GlobeMed is to promote partnership and equity and sustainability,” Zhang said. “We are trying to empower the people in Guarjila to let them be more aware of their own needs instead of us going in and just prescribing what to do. The campaigns committee comes up with the ideas for the fundraising, but then everybody in the [organization] helps toward achieving the monetary goal.”

During the thrift shop event, Cassady Allen, pre-physical and health promotion junior, said she chose to buy some of the organization’s used clothes because she connected with the cause.

“With people overseas, I always want to help out whenever I can,” Allen said. “Plus, I bought two blouses for $5 total.”

Spanish junior Nickki Rees, director of fund-raising for GlobeMed, said the organization has only raised $500, but she expects to collect most of their funds during their bigger events in the spring. 

“We have a benefit concert, which we usually raise over $2,000 with that,” Rees said. “We’re having an event where we invite other UT organizations to come and showcase themselves; it’ll be a like a talent show. We also have ‘Kayak for a Cause’ from Oct. 20-26. If you go to ‘Live Love Paddle’ and say you’re with GlobeMed, we get 50 percent of the profits.”

According to Ibis Rojas, biology junior and the co-campaigns coordinator, a group of UT students have summer internships with Clinica Ana Manganaro. The students will work at the clinic, assess the effectiveness of their current project and discuss future projects.

She said she believes GlobeMed provides experiences unlike those of other organizations.

“Our partner benefits from us in the money we give them, but we benefit from them by learning the different culture, people and ways of another country,” Rojas said, “GlobeMed is different in that we handpick our members, and we like to call ourselves a family.”

Executive board members of Globe Med observed United NationsÂ’ World Day of Social Justice. The fair consisted of 15 student led organizations in the West Mall Monday afternoon.

Photo Credit: Batli Joselevitz | Daily Texan Staff

Students symbolically threw away social injustices occurring around the world on Monday as part of the United Nations’ Social Day of Injustice.

UT’s branch of GlobeMed, a group aimed at strengthening the movement for global health equity, united 14 student organizations at West Mall to spread awareness on various worldwide social injustices. The group distributed clean pieces of trash to students on which to write their opinions on injustice for the fifth anniversary of United Nations’ declaration of the Social Day of Injustice.

Posted on the display board were student responses to a wide range of issues including corporate greed, religious persecution, hate crimes and the lack of equity in college education.

“We were inspired to treat the injustices as trash because of something mentioned by our partner in El Salvador, Cliniica Ana Manganaro,” said GlodbeMed co-presdident Michelle Truong, a former Daily Texan staff member.

Truong said the medical clinic, who the group frequently works with, came to GlobeMed because there were no dumpsters in their area and trash was piling up around the clinic, creating unsanitary conditions. GlobeMed raised $4,000 this semester and purchased dumpsters that were placed by the clinic.

This year, GlobeMed’s headquarters at Northwestern University has also initiated a “Teach-In” program where professors voluntarily dedicate five minutes of their lecture to speak about social injustices in their field, Truong said. She said University professors in the public health and nursing ethics fields participated in the ‘Teach-In’ this year.

Truong said many responses touched on issues that went beyond typical thoughts on social injustices.

“We had a girl write ‘defense in the criminal justice system,’ and that is not something people frequently think of as a social injustice,” Truong said.

Biology and sociology senior Andrew Johnson said Face Aids was eager to participate in the Social Day of Injustices to spread awareness on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

“The fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic is not new, but it is necessary to make everybody aware that this fight is far from over,” Johnson said. “There are mutations of this disease that are affecting more and more people, there is a lack of resources in various regions in the world and we could possibly become the generation to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

Johnson said by participating in the event, they were not only allowed to spread awareness on an underrepresented topic, but they were also given the opportunity to showcase their plans to build a health care center in eastern Rwanda.

History senior Ramon Mejia said the unity between different organizations was great to see at a campus event.

“It’s great to have events like this because there is so much going on in the world that we are not aware of,” Mejia said.

Printed on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 as: Event underscores social justice