Medical Camp at Pudung Village, Kalimpong, India

A free Medical Camp was organized by Sir Owen G. Glenn (SOGG) Learning & Information Centre Pudung & Glenn Family Foundation team at Pudung Junior Basic School on 28th April 2019.  The free medical camp was organized with the help of Darjeeling North Point School Alumni Association supported by Planters Hospital Darjeeling.  The “Clinic on Wheels” is an outreach program of the ex-students of North Point School in association with Planter’s Hospital Darjeeling which provides free medical examinations and conducts various medical tests at locations around Darjeeling hills.

Sarah McLaughlinMedical Camp at Pudung Village, Kalimpong, India
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Launch of the Parliamentary Education Charitable Trust

Image: Rt Hon. Trevor Mallard speaks at the launch of the Parliamentary Education Trust. Source: 

On Wednesday 3 April the Parliamentary Education Charitable Trust, sponsored by Sir Owen Glenn, was formally launched at Parliament. The purpose is to provide opportunities for members of Parliament to build their knowledge and skills for their role in targeted ways – including being more effective select committee members, Chairs and spokespeople, and being more able to provide robust scrutiny and effective opposition.

Sir Owen Glenn has committed $450kNZ to this initiative because he believes that “such an investment in education will enhance our nation’s representative democracy.”

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Sir Owen Glenn Clinical Research Fellowship

Dr Catherine Han is an NZ trained medical oncologist and clinician-scientist with a strong interest in cancer research and personalised cancer therapy, and was awarded the Sir Owen Glenn Clinical Research Fellowship in the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre (ACSRC), University of Auckland, from mid-2015 until the end of 2018.

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Sir Owen Glenn Liver Cancer Research Program

Image: Left to right- Associate Professor Amany Zekry, Sir Owen Glenn and Professor Emad El-Omar.

Sir Owen G. Glenn. contributed $3 million to the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation– (the largest single private donation they had ever received) to help launch a program that’s ultimate aim is to prevent liver cancer and will also work to improve cancer treatment after it has developed.

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Restoring Sight in India and Myanmar

Last year the Glenn Family Foundation (GFF) awarded AUD150 000 for the purchase of specialist equipment, a water pump and over 1500 cataract and other surgical procedures in India and Myanmar.

The funding has enabled the local hospital to improve a number of critically important services. For the small cost of $2, the new lab can perform blood tests to assess the status of diabetes, the kidneys, the liver, and exclude anaemias and other disorders. It is important to manage these other issues alongside eye treatment.

Sarah McLaughlinRestoring Sight in India and Myanmar
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Home in Kalibo, Philippines, ready to receive solar.

The Glenn Family Foundation is providing solar-powered solutions for people without access to electricity. We have selected the tried and tested D-Light which is the largest distributed solar lighting brand in off-grid communities. These solar solutions are transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy.

There is an off-grid solar energy revolution happening in small communities all over the world and we want to accelerate this viable alternative to traditional electricity systems by donating systems to those in the most rural areas, with a pilot project currently underway in Aklan, Philippines. Our plans are to begin larger roll outs in Philippines and India, followed by Nepal.

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the prevention of disease. Today, there are around 2.4 billion people globally who do not have access to adequate sanitation, and 663 million who do not have access to safe water sources.

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Economic empowerment

Self Empowerment and Employment Programme – Nepal

The Glenn Family Foundation is blessed to be working with the Child Development in Society in Nepal and their Self Empowerment and Employment Programme (SEEP), which teaches literacy and business skills to illiterate rural women so that they can start their own businesses to supplement the income of their families so they do not have to work in poor conditions and have their children engaged in child labour.

We look forward to growing our relationship with this wonderful organisation and the rural communities of Nepal.

This report was written by one of our GFF Representatives, Sophie Jones-Williams, who worked closely with these groups for 6 months as part of the GFF HELPS volunteer programme.

GFF Report on SEEP Groups – 2018

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Child Education and Care

Anti- Child Labour and Rehabilitation

Child labour is rampant in certain areas of India. A door-to-door survey conducted by the Bal Suraksha Abhiyan (BSA) Trust in the town of Kalimpong and neighbouring villages identified 261 child labourers who were employed in hotels, garages, teashops, bakeries and households.

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Volunteer with GFF HELPS

The Glenn Family Foundation runs a volunteer programme, GFF HELPS, which runs community projects in India, Nepal, Philippines, China an Vietnam. Projects focus on education, health, skill building and personal development. Volunteers, or “GFF Representatives” live in rural communities for six months so that they are able to make a meaningful impact.

Visit our GFF HELPS website for more information and follow our Facebook page for updates.

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