Community Development

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Of the 27 million people in Peru, more than half live in poverty, with 1/4 surviving on just $1.00 a day. Rapid growth of Peru's cities, spurred by migration from rural areas of Peru, has lead to the creation of several urban slums known as pueblos jóvenes. Pueblos jóvenes, or "young towns," are rapidly expanding tracts of invaded land that largely lack basic services such as waste management, electricity, and access to running water.

In rural communities, such as those we work with in Ecuador, residents face difficulties due to geographic isolation and unequal allocation of resources. A lack of education and economic opportunities contributes to rural poverty and also encourages migration. Only 14% of the rural population in Ecuador has access to proper sanitation. 

For the past several years, MEDLIFE has been working outside of Lima (Peru), Cuzco (Peru), Tena (Ecuador) and Riobamba (Ecuador) to provide support to the low-income communities that inhabit those areas.

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 WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS IN LATIN AMERICA?  

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- People fleeing terrorism and/or looking for better jobs have flooded Lima and it's surroundings.

- This has lead to major overcrowding, disputes with land owners and a lack of basic resources.

 

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- 76 million people in Latin America do not have clean water.

- Worldwide almost 1.5 million children die from waterborne disease every year.

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Electricity

- 34 million people are without electricity in Latin America.

- Contributes to lack of education because children cannot complete homework without light.

 

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-116 million in Latin American do not have access to sanitation.

-In developing countries 80% of sewage is not treated, which in turn pollutes the water-ways.

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274 million of people living in Latin America and the Caribbean (46%)  lack health insurance.

- 250 million suffer from nontransmissible diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

 

 

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Education

- Only 24% of children living in rural areas in Ecuador finish primary school. 

 

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THE MEDLIFE PROJECT FUND

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 100% of each donation is spent on itemized costs toward our community development projects, patient follow-up, or educational programming. Examples include money for building materials, construction crews, medicine, medical exams, nurses and hospital fees. Donations to the MEDLIFE Project Fund do not go toward any part of MEDLIFE's operational or administrative budget. MEDLIFE will even cover transaction fees for donations made via credit card. Watch the video!

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WHAT DO WE DO?

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