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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!
“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.
My 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!