Returned from Kiribati

In Kiribati

Ellen Starr and Susan Hollinger showing off their parting gifts from their training participants.

Late last month, Clinical Director Ellen Starr, Clinical Consultant Susan Hollinger and volunteer Tatum FitzGerald traveled to the island nation of Kiribati, where they were tasked by Pacific Island Medical Aid [...]

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Move over Leadership Circle, Make Room for DS Services of America, Inc.

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Grounds for Health is delighted to welcome new funder DS Services of America, Inc. (DS Services) to our Leadership Circle. Their generous gift helps make possible our continued work in coffee regions of Nicaragua and Peru while adding the necessary resources to get our program in Ethiopia [...]

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Bringing cervical cancer prevention to Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua

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Grounds for Health Nicaragua Coordinator Dr. Barinia Osejo (center) stand with clinical training participants and team during day 4 of the campaign

Grounds for Health and its coffee partner of three years, Prodecoop, are working together on a new program in the Nueva Segovia region of Nicaragua. This [...]

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Grounds for Health Ethiopia Launches

Sidama, Ethiopia

Sidama, Ethiopia

After many months of planning, Grounds for Health’s Ethiopia program kicks off this month with the first set of community and clinical trainings on cervical cancer prevention.

If successful, these activities will make Wonsho the first rural district in all of Ethiopia to offer ongoing [...]

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Passing of a Friend

Jo Fote

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It is with great sadness to inform you of the recent passing of Mrs. Josephine Fote, wife of Dr. Francis Fote, co-founder of Grounds for Health. Josephine, or Jo as she was known to her friends, was one of the special examples on how to take [...]

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ECOM Foundation Awards Grant to Strengthen Programs

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Grounds for Health is the grateful recipient of a two-year $45,000 grant award for the Development of Origin Resources from the ECOM Foundation.

Since 2006, the ECOM Foundation has made a significant contribution to Grounds for Health’s programs through engaging ECOM staff in collaborative activities in Mexico, [...]

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Two Weeks In - A note from the new Executive Director

Guy addressing the team on his first day.

Guy addressing the team on his first day.

It’s a great pleasure for me to write my first contribution to the Grounds for Health e-news. After a couple of months of steadily increasing anticipation, I finally began work in Waterbury on [...]

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Ethiopia: A welcoming to the birthplace of coffee

EthiopiaWhile it may be a known fact that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, before I had travelled there in June with Grounds for Health I had many questions: would our partners be ready? What would the country be like? Would I even like the coffee? Arriving to Ethiopia’s [...]

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Dean’s Beans Makes Ethiopia Work Possible

Dean roasting beans during a traditional coffee ceremony.

Dean roasting beans during a traditional coffee ceremony.

Grounds for Health is enormously grateful to Dean Cycon of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee for being the initial and primary underwriter of the Grounds for Health Ethiopia program. Dean traveled with the team [...]

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Farewell Note from Executive Director August Burns

As I sit at my desk on my final day at the helm of Grounds for Health, I will indulge in a few thoughts about what I have learned on this incredible journey. Perhaps first and foremost is the power of community to make lasting change. It is part of the human condition to strive for a [...]

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