The Project HOPE headquarters is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, it is separated from the verve of Metropolitan Washington, DC by miles of lush green mountains, the Shenandoah River and a growing number of family owned vineyards. Farms, small antique stores and stacked stonewalls line the road to the town of Millwood.
It is in this extraordinary setting that I found Project HOPE’s Carter Hall built in 1797 (rumored to have been used as a temporary headquarters for General Stonewall Jackson during the Civil War), now used as a conference center and the Project HOPE administration building.
On my first day, I was welcomed by Project HOPE’s Gift –In- Kind Specialist, Victoria Wilson. Victoria introduced me to 3 floors of high energy, extremely focused individuals working on ways that Project HOPE can provide lasting solutions for critical health issues in 35 countries.
As a member of the GlaxoSmithKline family, I am proud of our mantra:
Do More, Feel Better, Live Longer.
In my role at Project HOPE, I will help developing communities reach the same goal.
Most of my work will be with Project HOPE’s Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program (SMRP) reporting to Pat Bacuros, Director, Gifts-In-Kind Development for Humanitarian Programs and Disaster Response.
The SMRP collects and distributes Gift –In- Kind donations of pharmaceuticals, consumer disposables and medical equipment from donor partners such as GlaxoSmithKline. Project HOPE works directly with the Ministries of Health in the implementing countries to ensure the sustainability of the projects supported by the Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program.
I feel very fortunate to have been selected for the 2012 GSK Pulse Program and to have been paired with Project HOPE.
More information to follow as I blog about my work on Project HOPE’s Strategic Medical Resupply Program and the international communities that benefit.