Last Friday the MEDLIFE summer interns joined the community members of Union de Santa Fe to inaugurate the completion of a new staircase. Not only will this provide safe and secure access to several homes but is the main point of access to the newly constructed second floor of the Wawa Wasi.

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Thank you to all the 2017 summer interns for the help on this project and all your work over the last three months. 

IMG 3052The summer interns delivering plants to decorate the area around the new staircase.

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IMG 3137The traditional MEDLIFE red paint adds some color to the new staircase.

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IMG 3445Balloons are a vital part of any MEDLIFE inauguration here in Lima and with the addition of a heart the finishing touches are compete.

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IMG 3673MEDLIFE staff and the 2017 summer interns at the base of the completed staircase.

 

August 8, 2017 10:52 AM

MEDLIFE Staircase Construction Stories

Written by Rosali Vela

WHY STAIRCASES?

Our Staircase Construction Projects were inspired by the story of a MEDLIFE patient, Chais Pipa. Chais fell down the steep hillside that leads to her home, prompting a premature birth and health complications for her newborn child.

After speaking to Chais and other community members, we learned that several health problems were related to falls and the inability to navigate the steep terrain of Pamplona Alta.

As a result, MEDLIFE began building staircases in these regions and has continued to do so ever since.

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August 8, 2017 10:06 AM

MEDLIFE Hygiene Project Stories

Written by Rosali Vela

WHY SANITATION?

For MEDLIFE Ecuador, bathroom construction projects are an integral part of the health care work that we do. Projects are typically focused on rural, majority indigenous communities on the outskirts of cities. These areas are geographically isolated from access to reliable potable water and improved sanitation. 

In 2011, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared diarrhoeal diseases to be the second leading cause of death in low-income countries. The WHO and UNICEF estimate that functional, clean bathrooms can reduce cases of diarrhea by more than 33%; simply being able to wash your hands with soap can reduce cases of diarrhea by more than 40%. Yet, for approximately 2.5 billion people, or 35% of the world's population, there is no functioning bathroom at all. If rural areas do not have functioning facilities, they are slower to be expanded upon and improved.

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July 4, 2017 11:27 AM

Inaugurating the Water Project in 15C

Written by Aidan Wells

On Monday, July 3rd, 2017 MEDLIFE Staff visited the communities of 15A1 and 15C in Villa María del Triunfo to innaugurate a brand-new water project. In June, several of the Lima mobile clinic participants were working on a  staircase project in 15C. Here, they listened to the community members discuss the need for a way to pump water from the bottom of the hill to the top. The volunteers asked that their participation fees go towards funding this particular project. Soon after, MEDLIFE created a community agreement with both 15A1 and 15C stating that MEDLIFE would provide materials for the pump-system. The communities then worked together set up the new system. This water project with hopefully improve the quality of life of people living in the area as they will no longer have to carry, by hand, heavy buckets of water up multiple flights of steep steps several times a week. 

IMG 0101Using a series of hoses, the new pump system will carry water from the bottom of the hill to the very top.

IMG 0091The system consists of multiple smaller pumps like the one pictured above.

IMG 0082Community members check the system at the halfway point to make sure everything is functioning properly.

IMG 0124MEDLIFE Interns and community members of 15C work to connect the new pump system to the water tanks at the top of the hill.

IMG 0137From the storage tanks at the top of the hill, the water then relies on gravity in order to be distributed to the houses below.

IMG 0133 1Each tank holds 1100L of water, and they will need to be refilled every 3 or 4 days.

IMG 0184Aidan Wells, one of the 2017 MEDLIFE Interns, checks the water tanks to make sure they work.

IMG 0197Finally, with the traditional bottle smash, the project is officially inaugurated!

MEDLIFE Project Donation: Community Water Pump System from MEDLIFE on Vimeo.

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