Introducing: Our Social Media Director

Hello everyone! My name is Giba Sadio Barrie, I am a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology, and I am currently working as an Employment Facilitator for a Calgary non-profit organization. Although I do enjoy working in the non-profit sector, I wish to eventually get into the health sector, and address the health disparities that exist within different minority groups. As a black Muslim woman, it comes as no surprise that I am all too familiar with systems that have been created to limit and silence me. Despite this, I have had the privilege of being educated in one of the best schools in my hometown of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for most of my cousins and the friends that I grew up with.

Seeing them not have the same opportunities as me as we all grew up together fueled my interest in understanding the systems that lead to such drastic differences in our lives, and it is what drove me to pursue a degree in sociology. The effects of poverty can be seen in various aspects of life, but they are most visible when a focus is placed on an individual’s health. According to vast amounts of research, the best medicine is believed to be prevention, and for most, prevention can easily be achieved through a healthy and balanced diet, along with exercise. However, for many, access to healthy meals and food can be limited, especially for those living below the poverty line. This should not be the case for anyone! We all have the right to have access to the basic needs and resources that can grant us good health and I believe strongly, that if we all do our part, we can change and address this disparity in health.

My passion for this issue is what really drove me towards WHEF. I had my first encounter with the organization at the University of Calgary and I was ecstatic to learn that many of their goals aligned greatly with field I really wanted to get involved in. The fact that one of the organization’s focus is on the prevention of non-communicable diseases and malnutrition through the provision of multivitamins is a great indicator for me that WHEF is striving to bridge the gap in health inequities. I am more than excited to be working with the organization and I cannot wait to see how much of a difference we can make as we work alongside various communities.

Together we can make an impact on the health of the nations and the generations to come.

The mission of WHEF is to increase accessibility to medications and supplies for healthcare facilities in Guatemala and Grenada. If you are interested in hearing more about the work we are doing, or in connecting with us, you can visit our website, check out our instagram or facebook, or sign up to receive our newletters. If you would like to support us in our work, please donate here.

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