Columbia Social Enterprise Conference

By Trudy Lei Last Friday, I was lucky enough to attend Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Conference, where I had the opportunity to hear from leaders in the sector, from NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen to former Vice President Al Gore. As an alumna of Global Water Brigade…

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Community Health Volunteers in the Ekumfi District

By Leanna Ehrlich Global Brigades has expanded a great deal in the past decade, but Medical Brigades remain a foundational aspect of the organization. GB now has thousands of volunteers each year, including those who work in eight additional areas of development work. However, pr…

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Increasing Financial Inclusion in the Ekumfi District

By Leanna Ehrlich In rural communities in Ghana, access to reliable and affordable financial services is often unavailable. Many families live on the edge of economic viability due to a lack of financial education, savings services, and reasonable interest rates. These barriers m…

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The Importance of Sustaining Our Water Efforts in Ghana

By Leanna Ehrlich Since 2011, Global Brigades has worked in rural communities in the Central Region of Ghana to improve access to safe and reliable drinking water. Clean water can prevent a wide variety of waterborne illnesses, including giardia, cholera, and typhoid. In Ghana, t…

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Help Us Continue Our Work In Ghana

Dear Global Brigades Family: I am writing you from Ghana with the most urgent note you will have ever received from me. With a most heavy heart, I must formally announce that Global Brigades is indefinitely suspending Brigades to Ghana, given the Ebola outbreak in the region. Alt…

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Student Testimonials: Medical Brigades Ghana

Student Testimonies, Ghana Medical Brigades That’s why every year, we host events where motivated students can learn to become better global leaders. Through these conferences, we empower volunteers to share and expand their knowledge and bond over a common goal: to make this wor…

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The Role of Empathy During a Brigade

Empathy is not the same as sympathy. When you show sympathy, you demonstrate emotion as an outsider. “I don’t understand how you’re feeling. I feel sorry for you.” On the other hand, by showing empathy, you understand–or at least try to understand–the emotions and thoughts the …

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El Ojochal Becomes GB Honduras’ Second Holistic Community

On August 15, 2014, joyful songs and laughter replaced the sounds of hammers and saws that had previously echoed throughout El Ojochal, Honduras as the community celebrated its transformation into a holistic community. The inauguration culminated more than a year of hard work in …

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2014 Student Leadership Conference: The Growth of Critical Thinkers

  Global Brigades has a mission to both impact the minds of partner community members and international students around the world. Through capacity trainings and community-sustained projects, Global Brigades aims to motivate health and economic development through empowermen…

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The Rooting of Capacity and Growth in Community – A Canadian Perspective

With over 30,000 university students and professionals mobilized in the past 10 years, I’m not at all hesitant to say that Global Brigades must be doing something right. Empowering volunteers and under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities is at …

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