My first trip to Africa ten years ago was truly life changing. No one could possibly imagine all the obstacles to living in an underserved area. Homes were simple mud thatched cardboard box houses, and open sewage flowed between ditches but in the midst lived some amazing people. Broad smiles greeted me from people full […] → Continue Reading Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa
We welcome Robin Martini as our new Executive Director! She is new to the title, but not our organization. Robin has served as our Global Director and was the previous Director of Artisan Development at 7loaves since 2008. She is the perfect person to help us with our new funding initiatives in Scottsdale, Arizona. As […] → Continue Reading New Executive Director focuses on Sustainable Funding with an Artisan Twist
Question 1: What’s A Global Health Problem Bigger than Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV combined?? We know you must be scratching your head a bit. Well it isn’t lice or scabies; it is lack of access to surgery and anesthetic care. Question 2: How many people on the planet earth lack access to safe effective surgery […] → Continue Reading Test Your “Global Smarts”…
People do crazy things at midlife. We all know someone. In college, I took a class called “Sleep and Dreaming” by a world renowned Professor named William Dement who said, “Dreams are real while they last, can we say more of life?” He said, we would remember that quote along with a historical side […] → Continue Reading Midlife Crisis: Are You Having One? For $75K, You Can Impact a Nation.
It was an honor to visit with Dr. Ian Crozier, World Health Organization Adviser to Clinical Care for Ebola Survivors, and to talk about eye care for Ebola Survivors this past week in Monrovia, Liberia. His “Eye witness”, unique story (include link here) is one of triumph and reminds us all that the world is […] → Continue Reading WHO Visits Liberia
Let Girls Learn—Swaziland Follow Up Last year we started the girls’ education project in Swaziland with one of our artisan groups, Gone Rural. We were able to send our largest check of $10,000 last year. Our team has been busy with Gone Rural in Swaziland and Robin […] → Continue Reading Let Girls Learn-Swaziland Follow Up
“Teach a woman to fish and she has fish for life”. Isn’t that the saying? We are teaching Liberian doctors how to use the indirect ophthalmoscope like most US eye doctors when you go for an eye exam. It is one of two key pieces of equipment. The other is the slit lamp. We are […] → Continue Reading Training Liberian Doctors In Ophthalmoscopy
As we ring in the New Year at Red Rover Ventures, we are very excited by our multiple projects underway to help fight avoidable blindness here in Michigan and abroad. Vision 2020 is an international commitment to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year, 2020, and we are really nervous since we are now one year […] → Continue Reading Looking ahead in 2016