RPI Global Brigades: Ghana and Honduras
Poverty and inequality plague the populations of Ghana and Honduras. Isolation of rural villages, coupled with unstable infrastructures, have significantly increased the gap between the rich and poor living conditions. Impoverished communities primarily struggle with limited resources and inadequate educational services. As a service organization, RPI Global Brigades aims to address these issues by providing clinical attention, health education workshops, clean water access, and in-home infrastructure to impoverished communities. Our unique holistic model works toward sustainability, and our students leave a lasting impact in the communities we assist. Students who participate in the brigades come back speaking of life-changing experiences.
Our organization broadens students’ world view in a way influences them for the rest of their lives. Their experiences change how they view healthcare and infrastructure around the world, as well as here at home. Furthermore, RPI Global Brigades members selflessly help others and cultivate the life experiences that help us become the cultured and well-rounded professionals we aspire to be. The effect of membership in this organization does not end with the student, but builds pride in the Rensselaer motto: “Why not change the world?”
What You're Supporting
RPI Global Brigades will be traveling to Ghana (Medical Brigade Team) and Honduras (Engineering Brigade Team) during spring break (March 2019). For the very first time, we are taking on two mission trips in one academic year: an incredible feat for our growing service organization. Each year, we send RPI students on medical mission trips (we have previously traveled to Nicaragua, Panama, and Honduras). Our medical brigade brings together in-country professionals, including licensed physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and paramedics. From triage and medical consultations to pharmacy, our students experience the multiple facets of medicine.
For our Ghana Brigade (2019), we expect our mobile medical clinics to assist over 900 local patients. We will also be sending students to Honduras for our first Engineering Brigade (2019). This mission trip will provide students the opportunity to work with local engineers and technicians to provide clean water access. This involves assessing geography, laying out networks of pipes, and placing pipes in the ground.
Who We Are
Our chapter is a part of the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet. We are the only organization on campus that gives students the opportunity to travel abroad and participate first-hand in healthcare and infrastructure development projects. For more information on who we are, visit our website.