By Susan Cotton, Executive Chair of The Lily Project
As we were developing our business plan we interviewed leaders from other successful global health organizations and asked them for the ‘one-thing’ we needed to do. We kept hearing back…”don’t try and do it alone – build great partnerships.” And now two years into it, we completely agree. Our partners including the local SILAIS (the regional department of MINSA), which also authorizes and oversees our work, ODESAR - a high-impact local community development organization (http://bit.ly/2sBPOER), Gundersen Global Partners - a La Crosse Wisconsin-based organization that works to improve the health and well-being of global communities by supporting sustainable development through volunteerism (http://bit.ly/2twsPal) and M-HEAL, a student organization at the University of Michigan that fosters interdisciplinary work in global health, design, and entrepreneurship (http://bit.ly/2tetQVi).
With these partners we are able to overcome challenges in reaching women in remote communities, have the equipment and trained staff to deliver quality outcomes in a mobile setting and ultimately reach our shared goal of improving the health and wellness of women in Nicaragua. Check out partnership in action http://bit.ly/2rzOkdP !