Center for Global Initiatives

Rating: 4.93 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: Kildeer IL 60047 USA

Mission: CGI serves as an incubator for new initiatives that creatively solve healthcare inequities around the world.We act as a collaborator with individuals and organizations in developing and launching projects that address the needs of medically impoverished populations.We function as a facilitator in directing public and private resources towards programs aimed at improving health globally.
Programs: MENTOR: Methods, Experiences, Networking & Training, Organizing & Research "Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? We can make it happen." We are proud to announce a very special and unique new program that provides individualized mentorship for people wanting to learn how to conduct their own project(s). We help you to gain funding, and we provide skills training, contacts and tools to actualize your plans. In some instances, undergraduate and graduate credits can also be provide PROJECT NINOS: Bolivia The Center for Global Initiatives collaborated with the Flying Doctors of America in a pioneering and critical project. We were the first non-Bolivian group to be granted access to three Bolivian prisons. Hundreds of children live with their parent(s) in these prisons. We provided care with a focus on general medicine, pediatrics, and gynecology. The Center will embark on a journey to help these non-criminal, yet imprisoned children through a unique and pioneering effort. Basically, we plan (pending funding) to develop and deploy educational and social skills training for educators (there are schools in the prisons!) and guards, as well as parenting skills training and resilience development instruction THRIVE: Tanzania The kindergarten we helped to found in 2005 is expanding its scope via THRIVE. We are using education as a basis for developing resilience of the orphans as well as those providing healthcare in the neighboring clinic/hospital. We will be developing programs for local nursing students and orphan children in collaboration with local doctors, nurses, and staff. We will have a particular focus on counseling to people with HIV infection and AIDS. The ages of children are between 3 to 12 years. The name of the hospital is Huruma Designated Hospital and is in Kilimanjaro Region in Rombo District. The primary illnesses of patients in our hospital are Malaria, T.B, Pneumonia, Immunosupression, Diabetes, and Hypertension. SMART: Cambodia Proof of concept. We are developing a project that will bring training and potentially telehealth services to rural areas that is delivered by indigenous village women. Public heath, primary care, first aid, and emergency services are all but absent in rural areas of Cambodia. “Itinerant” medical ex-pats may be the currently best available healthcare resource in such areas. This project seeks to empower indigenous women by providing training in basic public health practices and emergency medical care/first aid so they may be of aid to those in their for their villages. They would be supported by a training program that will enable them to provide sufficient help until the patient can be taken to the nearest medical facility or a traveling physician can come to the village. It will be unique, as it will not require literacy to operate MEDICAL INTERVENTION: Benin Contacts and relationships have been developed with colleagues in Benin that crosscuts various areas: health and illness, poverty and sustainability, environmental concerns, traditional and medical sciences/health treatment and education. We plan to develop a scientific and economic mechanism of researching the medicinal properties of specific plant materials used by our Benin partners (university scientists and traditional healers) to further develop medicines and use the resultant knowledge in order to refine the compounds to have fewer side-effects and improved dosing characteristics, and to develop that intellectual property into concomitant economic value that will provide for economic sustainability, self-sufficiency, and independence for on-going research.
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Rating: 5 stars  

It is an honor to be a part of the Center because of being able to work with amazing people around the world, doing amazing things.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I worked closely with Dr. Chris Stout at CGI as an intern. My experience was fulfilling and inspiring. Dr. Stout's model at CGI includes taking on small-scale projects for the betterment of the local populations, and applying each volunteer's strengths for the betterment of the projects; I was able to apply my skills and grow as a young professional while working with him. The organization is run to maximize on-the-ground impact, and all people working for the org do so on a 100% volunteer basis. The biggest barrier to CGI's success is lack of funding. Like many non-profits, CGI struggles for funding (an issue I worked on during my internship): with greater funds, comes the ability to implement more projects.

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The small-project approach to the public health model works. CGI has a great vibe amongst its volunteers, and it is because the projects CGI embarks on are truly making real differences in peoples' lives across the globe. To me, it is an exciting way to change the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase organizational structure, which I believe is only possible with more stable funding. This would allow for more coordinated volunteerism and communications, and ultimately, more project work being implemented.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization that really gets things done to help people. I support their mission and work.

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I have not experienced direct results, but enjoy hearing of others doing so.

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None at this time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CGI does amazing work that is unique, flexible and targeted to populations that might otherwise not get attention. The organization also plays a big part in building the NGO community, fostering cooperation and sharing knowledge.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Networking and building solutions to a variety of issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it more sustainable by building structures that do not depend on the founder (who is great and key to the success of the organization, but will leave the organization one day) and professional/paid structures to ensure the work and life of the organization.

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CGI and its volunteers are doing good things around the globe - wonderful inspiration for others.

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i am a supporter

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let everyone know about it

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great site for resources -- mission aligns with the needs of many communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning how to engage others, understanding how to navigate the world of project start-up

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Highlight how this organization is involved in US projects bringing health to areas where it would not have been possible otherwise.

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I fully support the mission and work of CGI. I appreciate the fact that 100% of donated money goes directly to helping others.

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73 cents a life project.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

When considering a humaitarian mission myself I was able to get personal help from the website and the director to help me to utilize my time and expertise most effectively. Chris Stout, Ph.D arranged time with me by phone and talked about his experience and shared his expertise as well as a vast amount of resources with me. I feel much better prepared to take my own humanitarian experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through their website and my interactions with the director.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make his wonderful books less expensive! However, he was more then willing to send me PDF files of chapters that could be useful in my journey.

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Rating: 4 stars  

CGI is providing great services and is doing an excellent job of reporting about ongoing initiatives.
Their website is a great resource for all Human Rights activists.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting their newsletters and perusing their website

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No specific changes needed from my point of view

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Rating: 5 stars  

We fully support CGI’s mission and work! I've personally experienced the results of this organization in innumerable ways!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in innumerable ways.

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The organization is perfect as it is!

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