November 18, 2015 4:31 PM

Llin Llin Photo Gallery

Written by Jake Kincaid

In October 2015 MEDLIFE completed a security wall project in Llin-Llin, a community in the Ecuadorian Andes. The large and understaffed school was having trouble controlling the flow of students in and out of the school during the day. Many students would leave the school and not return. 


This is where kids were leaving the school during the day, it took them right out onto a busy road unsupervised.


The school has many young children for whom which the new road is a serious hazard.


MEDLIFE worked hand in hand with community members to construct the wall.



After several weeks of work the wall was completed. The schools staff will now be able to make sure students stay in class learning, and that young students do not wander into the road. 



Thank you to the Brown University MEDLIFE chapter for fundraising for the project!

1Source: Google Images

“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities, and nations, and yes, the world.” –Beth Clarke

These inspirational words give an understanding of what it is like to work for an NGO. It is this persistent attitude and drive that makes every impact you and I may have on the world no matter how small, all worthwhile, yet there is always this ironic feeling of disappointment for how much more needs to be done and how little you feel has been accomplished. But with every smile you put on a child’s face and every life you improve in one way or another, I am reminded why my passion truly does make a difference in our vast world.  

unnamed 4My name is April Gulotti and I am 22 years old. I graduated from University of Delaware and I am currently living in Lima, Peru working for MEDLIFE; an NGO dedicated to providing families living in impoverished communities with a better quality of life. I moved here in August and as I learned more and more of worldwide and local public health issues, I realized my passion for the global water crisis.

Have you ever taken a single sip of water and thought how lucky you are? Have you ever stopped to think of the 1.1 billion people living on the same planet as you who have no access to even a single sip of sanitary drinking water- that’s 1 in 9 people world-wide! This lack of access causes parasites, malaria, diarrhea, and often leads to death. Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths worldwide in children under the age of 5 occurs due to a water-related disease. Clean water is a gift. It is a privilege that much of the world takes for granted. These staggering and shocking statistics are what motivated me to provide clean, safe drinking water to families and children in Moshi, Tanzania.

After extensive research, I have decided that the most practical, efficient, and cost-effective water filtration system for development work in Tanzania are Bio-Sand filters; a cement structure with a hollow center made up of layers of sand and gravel. The dirty water is poured into the top of the filter, then travels down through the sand bed and passes through multiple layers of gravel. As dirty water works its way down the filter, pathogens and contaminants are removed. The clean water pours out through the plastic piping for a family to collect in clean containers with a lid and spigot that I will also be providing called a jerry bucket. These filters have proven to remove 90% of bacteria and 100% of parasites, resulting in significant improvement in the quality of the water making it safe to drink.

Biosand rough 1

Depending on how much money we raise together, up to 30 biosand filters will be constructed, delivered, and installed at the end of January, benefitting approximately 200 people.

Working hand in hand with the families receiving the filters, I will educate them on the risks and dangers of the unsanitary water they are currently drinking. Most importantly, the individuals will be taught exactly how to use the bio-sand filter and how to maintain it properly, so it remains a sustainable water filtration solution.

This is your chance to make a concrete change in the lives of people living without one of life’s most basic necessities. This is your opportunity to save the lives of children suffering from preventable illnesses. Please consider donating to my project and helping me make my dream of providing those facing these harsh conditions a reality.  Your generous donation, no matter how small or large, will contribute to something incredible. I will make sure to update all donors with pictures and videos on the progress of the project so you can all see the change that we were able to create together. Thank you so much for your generosity in helping me transform the world one step at a time.

2 2Source: Biosand filters from Son International.

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October 7, 2015 2:19 PM

A Healthier Home for Debora

Written by Rosali Vela

Debora Machuca is a bubbly two-year old who suffers from severed bowel issues due to intestinal complications caused by her premature birth. Despite all of this, Debora is a sweet, funny and mischievous little girl who captured our hearts when we met her last year. MEDLIFE has been providing Debora with medication and colostomy bags for the past year and has also paid for a surgery to start reconnecting her bowels. Debora needed a clean and comfortable living space where she can safely recover from her surgery and stay healthy. Thanks to the generous support of Katie Caudle and lots of other kind people, we were able to completely rebuild her home!

1The first time we went to Debora's house, we found it in a sordid and delporable condition.

1Her whole family was sleeping together in one small room. The roof was falling apart and the humidity was causing the walls to fill with fungus.

1Debora and her aunt during our first interview with her. Katie Caudle and Ruth Verona talked with her so she could help us understand how to best help Debora´s family.

1The first day of construction we cleared the space and brought in materials.

1MEDPrograms Director of Peru, Carlos Benavides, personally oversaw the entire construction.

1After getting rid of the roof, it was time to start working on the walls.

1Debora playing with us after recovering from her surgery.

9Debora's mom Vicky looking at her new house being built.

10Once the windows were put in place, our staff started painting.

10Debora's family chose a lovely yellow color to paint the house.

10We also painted the interior of the house.

 14We used the extra money from the fundraiser to buy Debora a new bed. Here she is seeing how it feels with Katie Caudle.

 14Now they have a new living room with safe electricity connections.

 14The MEDLIFE team with Debora's family after the inauguration.

 14Debora and Vicky in front of their new house! MEDLIFE is proud to support our patients and give them the quality of life they deserve. 

September 29, 2015 8:08 AM

A New Home for Ceverina

Written by Rosali Vela

Ceverina, a 70-year-old woman in Lima, Peru, used to live alone in a deteriorating shack that could collapse inward at any moment. One of our MEDLIFE interns, Molly Trerotola, fundraised to remove Ceverina from the dangers of her deteriorating house and build her a new home. Check out the photos taken throughout the project! 

















September 10, 2015 11:06 AM


Written by Rosali Vela

We want to thank our Chapter at McGill University for their amazing support to the local comedor "Fe y Esperanza". If you want to read more about this comedor's story you can click here. Follow the timeline to see how this comedor was built!

1For many years Martha has worked in what are locally called the comedores populares or "Soup Kitchens". Sixteen years have passed since Martha, together with 70 other mothers, founded the 'Faith and Hope' cafeteria, located in the settlement of Cumbre. In daily shifts, four or five women voluntarily prepare food purchased with the help from PRONAA (National Food Assistance Program), this subsided food is delivered to the comedor approximately every three or four months.

2This cafeteria is run by women, mostly mothers, who coordinate shifts and responsibilities to prepare lunch at low and affordable prices thanks to government subsidies. The food delivered through the government program, called PRONAA, includes staples such as flour, rice, sugar, and beans.

4In spite of the quality and the love with which the work is done, it is undeniable that the facilities for this service are less than ideal. On arriving to the premises it is immediately obvious that there are many shortcomings. The floor is not properly paved, the walls and ceiling are a set of old, dirty timbers, and the cooking utensils are poor quality. In addition, some of the volunteer mothers have to bring their small children and, given the reduced space, children are put in contact with all areas of the kitchen, thus being exposed to potential health and safety dangers.

5MEDLIFE, through it’s network of chapters and students, started seeking for support Martha and all the volunteer mothers. With the collaboration of McGill chapter, the dream of a better place began to come true.

6As soon as the funds were ready to be used, the community started to work on construction.

7During the construction, all comedor's activities had to be done out side...even the cooking!

8Winter could be really rainy in the hills of Pamplona. An improvised roof had to be made to keep all the kitchen materials dry and safe during the contstruction.

9Carlos and Martha sharing a hug. The walls are starting to dry.

10The roof is probably the hardest part of construction. The kitchen couldn't stop working through the construction! Many people benefit from the comedor's services and they will continue cooking no matter what.

12The roof is now ready to be filled with cement. Martha's husband is the one leading the whole construction.

13Martha next to the almost-ready comedor. She has been overseeing the process since the very beginning.

14Once the roof is ready Carlos and the interns are even able to walk over it!

15Thanks to the support of the volunteers during a mobile clinic, the comedor is now painted and ready for the inauguration!

16Our volunteers are the first to dine in the new comedor! There was even enough money to buy a large table and some kitchen materials.

17From the outside the comedor looks totally different than it did before. Now it is a clean, safe and comfortable for people to have quality meals.

19Our whole staff thanks McGill for their contribution! We know that Martha and the comedor's team will be always be grateful for their support!

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