G lobalhood and Unified for Global Healing first met on March 30th, 2007. Based on the needs identified by UfGH’s Executive Director in this meeting, Globalhood developed an Action Plan for a pro-bono consultancy with Unified for Global Healing. The original action plan timeline was for April -July 2007, however due to difficulty scheduling meetings on both sides, we ended up pushing the action plan back approximately 2 months. During 2 subsequent meetings with UfGH’s ED and 2 board members, and Globalhood’s ED and consultancy team, we progressed along the action plan, and gave various recommendations along the way in response to specific questions that arose.
Globalhood applauds the founders, the board and the members of UfGH for having undertaken this important project. It is of great value that the professionals that make up your organization have been willing, and continue to be willing, to devote their vacation time and their personal funds to support the efforts of the organization. Furthermore, we feel that as UfGH continues to develop and proliferate its model, it will be imperative to include appropriate policies, procedures, evaluation mechanisms, and outcome measurements. UfGH has the potential to secure funding from foundations, donors, and its member base, and by showing its achievements in appealing ways it will be well on its way to gaining such support.
Another issue to consider is the criticism that tends to arise related to short-term medical mission trips, as regards to their sustainability and their cultural sensitivity. Given that UfGH has clearly demonstrated the values of cultural competence, multidisciplinary strategies, and has partnered with local organizations, we feel that these critiques are significantly mitigated. However, we do advise that UfGH continues to develop and define its core values, and ensure that community participation and decision making, sustainable practices and cross-sectoral collaborations, continue to be explored, identified, and developed.
It has been our pleasure to learn about your organization, and we look forward to a continued partnership over the coming years.
Frank Cohn Executive Director
Amy Schoeman Project Coordinator
Maulik Baxi Consulting Analyst