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Kate Pfizenmaier: As a fellow in Gondar, I spoke with SCOPE’s partners from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, University of Gondar, and Regional Health Bureau about their vision and goals for SCOPE as the organization grows. Out of these conversations the idea of an Ethiopian leadership team was born. We formed a Steering Committee that met each month to discuss SCOPE’s programs, governance, and strategies for improving the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDs and preventing new cases in the Gondar community. I am overwhelmed by the passion and expertise the Steering Committee has to offer SCOPE and am very excited to witness how their engagement will propel SCOPE forward in the years to come.
Emily Robinson: During my time in Gondar I learned from the work of the SCOPE fellows who had come before, and build on their foundation. I was able to accomplish my goal of evaluating the Soul Fathers as Health Educators project, which informed a plan for expansion of that program. New relationships were formed and old ones were strengthened. While much work was done there is still much left to do, which is an exciting place for SCOPE to be.
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SCOPE Fellow Emily Robinson Writes Article for Capitol Commentary
Religion, culture, and health are so closely tied that it is often difficult to decipher where one ends and the other begins. Strengthening Care Opportunities through Partnerships in Ethiopia (SCOPE) was founded on just such a realization. The founders were spurred by the conviction to promote justice in all its forms, not the least of which is the right to access life saving health care. With these things in mind, University Presbyterian Church (UPC) in Seattle, WA and the Global Health Department at the University of Washington (UW) reached out to the University of Gondar (UoG) and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) in Gondar, Ethiopia and a partnership was born.
SCOPE Donors meet UW Grant Challenge
SCOPE is thrilled to announce that we have met the challenge toward our Endowed Fellowship Fun!!
In August, Dr. King Holmes announced that the University of Washington Department of Global Health had pledged $25,000 as a matching grant toward SCOPE's proposed endowment for Global Health graduate student education. You, SCOPE's generous donors, took the snap (it is football season after all) and ran with the ball! SCOPE's donors met the UW's challenge with another $25,000 in private donations.
Scope now has $50,000 in our endowment fun, to help insure the engagement and education of our future Global Health leaders, both here in Seattle as well as in Ethiopia.
A huge thanks to all of you who have so generously donated!