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QMUL students embark on international health volunteering project

Thursday 2 July 2015

Eight QMUL students are embarking on a volunteering project with the charity Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led health and sustainable development organisation. In August they will be travelling to the Central American country of Honduras, cited by the World Bank as the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

As part of a ten-day medical, dental and water hybrid brigade, they will be providing aid to deprived rural communities that otherwise would have no access to essential healthcare or reliable water sources. Their main aims are to:

  1. Assist doctors and dentists by holding clinics and administering medication
  2. Educate local communities through health workshops
  3. Build sustainable water infrastructure.

Jay Singh, student ambassador for QMUL’s Life Sciences Initiative and a member of the team, said: “The staff at QMUL have all contributed so greatly to our education and for this, we are very thankful. Now we wish to extend a request for financial support in ensuring that these rural communities will be self-sustainable in the years to come. Student brigades from across the world visit these communities throughout the year to ensure our impact is long lasting.

“We are currently looking to fund medical, dental and hygiene supplies for our trip along with costs of running the programme for these vulnerable people. We would be extremely grateful if members of the QMUL staff community could support our endeavour by donating to this cause. Any donation, big or small, will make a tremendous positive difference to the lives of those in impoverished Honduran communities.”

To make a donation visit the fundraising page: https://goo.gl/22Oa3B. To keep up-to-date with the group’s fundraising activities and see pictures of their time in Honduras after their visit, go to their Facebook page: https://goo.gl/uTtzYX.

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