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Center for Global Initiatives

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Health, Public Health

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.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

vicka v.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Shamin L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Ulrich S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Carrielynne H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

we fully support CGI’s mission and work having associated with its staff,volunteers and board members for a number of years. More initiatives of this sort should be happening world wide.

John F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can attest to the fact that Dr. Stout is very committed to the mission of CGI to help address health inequalities through the various projects that the organization has been involved with. For example, CGI is applying for a grant, that if funded would do amazing work in Benin to develop natural plants into potential medicines and be a model for self-sufficiency for the people of that country.
In addition to CGI, Dr. Stout is an invaluable resource by generously giving of his time and energy to others who have questions and concerns about their own efforts to enact change through nonprofit work. I saw this firsthand at the recent WBEZ Global Expo in Chicago which gathered hundreds of change agents together. I volunteered at CGI's table at this event.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Center for Global Initiatives is a unique organization that assists in incubating and helping to generate health-related developments in needy areas around the globe. Importantly, this organization does not attempt to launch such programs on its own, but rather works in partnership with local health care professionals to create self-sustaining enteprises. It's reach is broad, and its impact is significant

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The main goal of the Center for Global Initiatives is to ameliorate inequalities in human rights and health care around the world. The center develops sustainable projects specific to communities in need around the world. The programs are developed with the advice and input of local advocates in each region; this ensures that CGI is meeting the exact needs of the people while working with their local customs and traditions. This increases local support and makes their projects more likely to succeed. CGI is willing to attempt to solve any problem- from supplying school supplies to children to bringing needed medical supplies to hospitals. Outside of the projects that they develop and run, they act as a hub for organizations around the world, linking communities in need with organizations that can provide the needed relief. This organization is truly outstanding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

A relatively small group, but making big differences for those in need

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

great site for resources and I fully support CGI’s mission and work

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They do a great job helping underserved communities in many regions of the world.