About Us

Are some lives more valuable than others?

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about GLITR.

 

When I was 17, I spent the summer in Guyana. Although this was not my first encounter with the “land of many waters;” it was the first time where I was mature enough to look at the country through a socially conscious lens.

 

GLITR exists because we believe health care is a human right.

 

When I was a little girl, I lived in Guyana. I woke up to the chirping of our melodious macaw, and fell asleep to the subtle sea breeze. I didn’t have a worry in the world - until I became sick. Fortunately, I didn’t suffer for very long, as my family was able to bring me to Canada to seek medical attention. In retrospect, I wonder about other little girls whose parents could not afford to fly them to another country for medical care. Are their lives not as valuable? What makes me any different from the 7 billion other humans on this planet? When did health care become a privilege? Those questions plagued my mind during the summer of 2007. I needed to give back to this beautiful country that was my home for four years.

 

GLITR strives to put humanity back into the human rights. How can we stand up for the right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion if we’re not healthy enough to express ourselves?

 

We provide health education to vulnerable populations who lack access to care because we believe in preventative health care. We also bring health services to these populations when curative measures and/or treatment of existing conditions are necessary. Our patients are our family, and in the GLITR family, health care is a basic human right.  

Navita Dyal, Founder