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In the community fo Galte Yaguachi, located in the region of Guamote, MEDLIFE is currently planning to construct a new school room which will benefit over 100 children. Currently, due to a lack of infrastructure, classes at the school are given in rented rooms or community spaces. With the help of the local government, MEDLIFE has begun the necessary steps to acquire a donation of land to build on.
However, as a first step to improve the quality of life for these children, we also began the construction of sanitary bathroom facilities. Thanks to the community's hard work, this bathroom project was recently finished. Before, the children had to walk to the community's day care center or ask at nearby houses to use the bathroom; now they have proper facilities of their own.
This week, the MEDLIFE team completed our first staircase project in 12 de Junio, a community located right next to Laders de Nueva Esperanza, where we have already completed six staircase projects.
This particular project was organized for one of the community's residents, Carmen Solano, who is also a MEDLIFE follow-up patient battling breast cancer. Since 2011, MEDLIFE has been helping Carmen receive treatment for her illness, as well as helping to support her family while she is unable to work. Carmen has always shown incredible positivity in the face of her disease.
At the end of the week, two of the hardest-working students were asked to break the ceremonial bottle of champagne alongside Carmen, as part of the inauguration of the staircase. After a loud round of applause for the student volunteers, the students asked for an even louder one for the community.
"I will continue to fight against this disease, with more strength and without giving up," said Carmen. "Thank you for this beautiful gesture."
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In the past year, the community of Laderas Nueva Esperanza has seen some big changes, including the six staircases built by community members together with MEDLIFE volunteers. On recent visits to the community, we noticed another new addition to the landscape -- a colorful new playground, built thanks to the generous donation of equipment from a Canadian friend of the community. Strangely, we rarely saw the outgoing and playful children who live there using the new jungle gym. The problem? The playground is built right next to a steep precipice. Without any safety net, parents worry that their children could easily fall off the cliff and hurt themselves while playing.
As we spend time with local families and leaders in communities like this one, our relationship with them moves beyond individual staircase projects and Mobile Clinics. The process behind planning the staircase projects and Mobile Clinics are also important first steps toward independence. As they plan work days and discuss problems and ideas, we see communities like this one become more united and organized, and committed to making positive changes.
Now we’re asking our supporters to make another investment in the future of this community, by helping us to build a fence that will ensure the safety of the children when they go outside to play.
We just recieved these photos from Ccaccaccollo, a community outside Cusco, Peru, where we constructed new bathroom facilities starting in August. The community has been putting the finishing touches on the project, and school director Maria Teresa Flores tells us, "The bathrooms look great, and the kids and I are very grateful to MEDLIFE for completing this project."
This week's Mobile Clinic in Lima is one of our biggest to date, with almost 100 volunteers from schools all over the United States. That means we can serve twice as many people with double Mobile Clinics and community development projects! The project this week is two more staircases in Laderas Nueva Esperanza, and as the student volunteers learned yesterday, building a staircase in a week is not easy.