ComfortApp aims to reduce stress and increase comfort for patients in the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center by providing them with IPads to use during their stay. Their goal is to raise enough funds to donate 10-15 devices this year, create a strong organizational infrastructure and network to continue operations beyond their first year, and to have a significant impact on patient satisfaction and well-being.
The Pantanal Partnership is committed to minimizing the challenges of rural living in the Pantanal region of Brazil through building and installing biosand water filtration systems in local schools. After completing smaller projects over the past two summers, the organization’s success caught the attention of the Secretary of Education of the local Pantanal district who asked for an expansion of their efforts into other schools. This summer with Institute seed funding, the Pantanal Partnership will be able to increase the number of organization members who travel to Brazil while increasing the number of water filtration systems and schools who will receive the filtration systems. Follow the Pantanal Partnership team on their blog.