St. George’s University’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has taken under its wing a local orphanage, the Father Mallighan’s Home for Boys, providing residents with both financial support and caring role models. Recently, the group visited the home to do art projects and play soccer and cricket with the boys.
“The purpose of this visit was to work more closely with the boys and to allow them some fun time with positive role models who care about them,” said Uta Guo, Past Vice President of PHR.
“Our mission is to improve not only the physical health of the children of Grenada, but also their mental health and social development,” said Anita Gupta, Past President of PHR.
Expanding their reach to areas of Grenada less frequently visited by student groups, the PHR selected Father Mallighan’s Home for Boys, feeling that it does not receive enough attention due to its location on the north of the island. Its recent fundraising efforts for the home have included a Coffeehouse event featuring free trade coffee and cocoa, pastries and a presentation of music and works of art and a free hugs donation drive.
PHR also collaborated with two other SGU student groups, the Pediatrics Club and the SGU chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), to take the boys to an SGU health fair for free health checks. They also facilitated a trip to the dentist for all the boys and paid for their dental work, securing a grant from the Urban Humanitarian Project for dental hygiene, and facilitated the donation of sports equipment to the home with the help of SGU’s Significant Others Organization. Spreading the caring, PHR has also helped facilitate the acquisition of iPads for REACH Grenada and the Roving Caregivers program.
“We just want to help as much as we can,” said PHR President Kwesi Asafo-Adjei. “We really want to help the children realize their full potential and understand that even though life may have been hard on them, they can still succeed and there are people who care who can help them do this.”