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What is this project all about?

GlobeMed at the University of Colorado at Boulder is supporting our partner, Himalayan Healthcare,
in their effort to build latrines and cook stoves in one of three remote villages in Nepal: Dhading, Dolakha and Ilam.

What is the problem with the current cook stoves and latrines?

Presently, the cook stoves contribute to the following concerns…

Respiratory issues caused by excess and lingering smoke inside the house
Wasted time spent collecting wood from distant forests


Existing latrines are either non-existent or dilapidated which cause…

Human waste to travel down slope during monsoon season
Pits are large enough to fall into
Health problems associated with standing waste
Ex. Bacteria accumulation can lead to diarrhea

What is the solution?

Himalayan Healthcare (HHC) works to provide new innovations in latrine and cook stoves for rural Nepal communities. The new latrines cost about$140 to build for a family of four for 15 years. Approximately $100-120 of the total cost is used to buy and transport (by porter) steel from the nearest city– up to a 3-day trek! HHC has sponsored 15 latrines to date. After 15 years of use, the family can remove the concrete slab and scoop out any remaining waste and use it for fertilization.

The new cook stoves channel all of the smoke outside of the house, create jobs and burn wood more efficiently. It costs approximately $14 to build a cook stove. They are made of clay bricks that are dried in the sun and then pasted together with mud.

HHC provides the labor and materials for construction of both latrines and cook stoves. However, HHC requires families to pay a portion of the total cost, which invests the families in using either the latrine or cook stove.

How can I support this project?

GlobeMed’s at CU’s Razoo link is available for donations. Feel free to choose from the preset amounts or enter a custom amount.

You can also write a check payable to GlobeMed at CU Boulder and send it to:

UMC 348
1669 Euclid Avenue
Boulder, CO 80309

Again, Please indicate the name of the GlobeMed member that sent you your email in the memo section.
HHC could not sustain the construction of latrins and cook stoves to improve the lives of Nepali villagers, both short and long term without your help.

Thank you again for supporting these communities!

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This past Wednesday, the GlobeMed at CU Boulder chapter participated in a debate regarding the economic policies of six prominent economists: Paul Collier, Esther Duflo, William Easterly, Dambisa Moyo, Jeffrey Sachs and Amartya Sen.  This debate was the culmination of three weeks worth of work – members were split into 6 separate groups, with each group being assigned a different economist.  In addition to knowing the economic policies of our assigned economist both inside and out, we also learned the economic policies of the five other economists, allowing us to effectively facilitate our economic argument.  Ultimately, the debate proved both educational and fun, with smiles, laughter, and stimulating conversation abound.

The day following our economic debate, I ran across an article in the LA Times featuring Paul Collier.  An idealist at heart, Collier advocates economic policies guided by values-compassion and enlightened self-interest.  Collier sees a need for checks and balances in order to promote good governance and believes that economic development must precede political development.  In his most recent interview, Collier commented on some of the reasons behind Rwanda’s staggering economic growth.

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