Slum Doctor Programme

Ethiopian Dinner a Success!
June 17, 2009, 11:35 am
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The annual Slum Doctor Programme Ethiopian benefit dinner, catered by the fabulous Mulu Belay, was the best it’s ever been, raising over $20,000 for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya and Uganda!  Juba Marimba enchanted us with their upbeat rhythmic delights and guests enjoyed beer by Chuckanut Brewery.  Thank you to all of our corporate sponsors, volunteers, and everyone who attended.  Good company, delicious eats, great cause!Ethio2009 008Ethio2009 051Ethio2009 060Ethio2009 061Ethio2009 076Ethio2009 064Ethio2009 090


Ethiopian Dinner
May 29, 2009, 10:38 am
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Slum Doctor Programme’s annual A Place at the Table Ethiopian Benefit Dinner is Sunday, June 7th from 6 – 8 pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.

You will enjoy authentic Ethiopian cuisine, local beer and wine, and a wonderful community of friends and family acting globally.  Tickets are $35 and available at the Community Co-Op, Village books and online at

Hope to see you there!

EndFair 2009
May 29, 2009, 10:20 am
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This year’s EndFair was bigger and better than ever.  The annual music festival took place in the Fairhaven Dorms Main Lounge and Courtyard May 15-17, and included 17 musical acts, a bouncy fun house, dunk tank and cotton candy.  Lizzie Lamb and Jen Moore, coordinators of the free event, brought the amazing musical entertainment of No Fi-Soul Rebellion, The Senate, Madrid, Common Market and many more.  All donations, and a portion of shirt sales, benefitted Slum Doctor Programme.  Thank you to Jen and Lizzie for all their hard work and dedication!

HIV/AIDS Education
March 10, 2009, 4:10 pm
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Global HIV/AIDS: Local Communities Addressing World Concerns
COST: $12 A.L.L. members, $17 non-members
LOCATION: St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy.(click for map)
One session: Wednesday, March 11
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Registration: You can pay at the door

This two-hour course will give a brief overview of the AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, where 70% of all people infected with HIV live. We will move beyond the mind-numbing statistics and personalize the impact this disease is having on already fragile civil societies, using a “notes from the field” format with video, slides and lively conversation. With so many problems facing our more interconnected global society, this course will ask the question, “How can communities across the United States respond?” Do small and generous acts really matter?

Tim and Maurice

Tim Costello is the founder and director of the Slum Doctor Programme, a grassroots nonprofit organization in Bellingham, that was organized in 2000 to address the impact of AIDS in Africa. Slum Doctor Programme provides hope, medicine, food and education to people living with AIDS, and orphans at five project sites in Kenya and Uganda. Tim is the director of the Center for Service Learning at Western Washington University. He has received recognition for his commitment to the local and global communities, including the 2007 Whatcom County Human Rights Award.

We hope to see you there!

Plus News: Global HIV/AIDS News and Analysis
February 18, 2009, 10:47 am
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Plus News is a great site for multi-media resources regarding HIV/AIDS news and other humanitarian stories surrounding the epidemic.

The Magic of Letters
February 17, 2009, 10:26 am
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Found this on the National Public Radio (NPR) website, was inspired by her story and hoping that the work Slum Doctor Programme does is spreading this courage and confidence to all of our Kenyan and Ugandan partners.

Read the story here:

Kenyan Student Cultural Exchange
February 10, 2009, 4:38 pm
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On Monday Feb 9th, five Kenyan students visited WWU for a day of cultural exchange, learning and fun. Sponsered by Kenya Airways and Boeing, the girls, all from different high schools in various parts of Kenya, were chosen for this opportunity based on their outstanding academic achievements.  The day of events was co-planned by Cameron Harsh, Slum Doctor Programme intern and member of Students for SDP, and Natalie Washington from WWU Admissions.  The girls were given a guided campus tour, ate lunch in the Viking Union Commons, participated in a discussion in Sociology professor Liz Mogford’s Global Health class and played team-building games led by the campus group E.D.G.E.