Throughout its storied history, Dawson College has helped fundraise and promote numerous charitable initiatives. As a college, Dawson has always supported philanthropic projects to promote the greatest good, help communities in need and positively influence their students, faculty and the Dawson community.
In January 2018, in conjunction with Global Brigades, numerous students from the health science profile will be travelling to Nicaragua in order to help impoverished communities through a mobile medical clinic. Global Brigades is the self-prescribed largest student-led health and sustainable development organization. Its vision is “To improve equality of life by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet.”
One of these students is Fares Yaziji, a Syrian refugee, who experienced similar hardships as a result of the Civil War which left him and his family without water and electricity. He believes providing marginalized communities with more information on personal hygiene and providing them with necessary medical aid will allow them to live more comfortably. Many communities lack basic hygienic knowledge. One of the objectives of this project is teaching children how to floss and brush their teeth. For Canadians, these are commonplace practices. However, for impoverished Nicaraguan communities, a lack of basic hygiene contributes to their already high infant mortality rate.
This project is ultimately seeking to help rural Nicaraguan communities who desperately need aid. By helping these communities, Dawson students along with the Global Medical Brigade officials and Nicaraguan physicians will help dire families get back on their feet. This project also seeks to establish scholarship programs for students who suffer from abject poverty.
In a previous Medical Brigade, students were able to provide aid to over 300 people over a span of three days. On this particular trip, Dawson students along with students from the University of Virginia will be providing aid to Nicaraguan communities over a span of 7-9 days. However, they require your help. The supplies are not exactly inexpensive. Coupled with their goal of helping the greatest number of people, this project requires the collective help of the Dawson community.
Below is a gofundme link which will allow you to donate to this project. All proceeds will go towards obtaining supplies for Nicaraguan families in need. Whether you want to donate $1 or $1000, it is important to remember that every dollar counts for these families and communities whose lives depend upon it.
Even if you plan not to pledge any money you can still help. Sharing this article or the link to the gofundme with family and friends will inevitably help promote this campaign. As a community here at Dawson, we have a duty to promote social welfare and equality of life and opportunity for peoples of all races, ages and walks of life. Divided we are weak. However, together we are strong. As a more privileged society, we have a certain obligation to help those in need. Let us fulfil this obligation by ultimately providing support for those who truly need it.
To all those who have donated, plan to donate or have shared this link, thank you.