We have some exciting news - the Wawa Wasi has grown so much that it has officially become our MED Center for Primary Education! Though this is only the first branch of what will eventually be a much larger scale project, this is a key step in progressing toward our ultimate goal of the MED Center and we are thrilled to tell you about it.

The Roots of the Project: The Wawa Wasi

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MEDLIFE worked with our longtime partner community of Union Santa Fe on the outskirts of Lima, Peru to build a physical structure to meet their self-identified needs: the Wawa Wasi. An effort in sustainable development, the idea for the building came from concerns expressed by community members that there was no safe place to leave their children while they went to work.

Rather than building a parallel educational system, we worked hand in hand with government programs already in place. In Lima, the government has a designated education program called CUNAMAS for children from 1 to 2 years. This program provides food, childcare, and education to children in low-income communities. Unfortunately, to qualify for the program the community must have a physical structure in place that offers a suitable and safe environment for the children. That is where MEDLIFE came in.

We constructed a building that could serve as a childcare center on the first floor. For a period of time, we operated hand in hand with CUNAMAS to offer childcare to families in the area. But as the community has grown and changed, their needs have also grown and changed. And to properly meet those needs, the Wawa Wasi has transitioned into to what is now the MED Center for Primary Education.

Becoming the MED Center for Primary Education

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The building has grown from a 1-floor day care center to a 3-floor multi-purpose center with workshops, professional services, and more. Through this growing process, it has become the first physical step in the development of our MED Center in the area. The full-scale MED Center will be a community center focused on particular development issues that the communities face. For example, some of our goals for the MED Center include offering a trade school for children and adults, basic medical and dental services, and providing a safe space for community meetings.

Between its physical growth and expansion of educational offerings, the former Wawa Wasi building and its services have truly embodied our first major step towards the MED Center, via the MED Center for Primary Education. So we thought it was time to officially change the name.

Currently, the MED Center for Primary Education is operating in a variety of ways, all rooted from listening to communities share with us about their needs and priorities. Though CUNAMAS is not currently running a childcare center, we are using the first floor to offer law consultations and psychology appointments from local professionals. We are hopeful that the partnership with CUNAMAS will resume in the coming months. On the second floor, we are offering unique and immersive workshops for children in the area. After school or during summer months, they can come to the MED Center for Primary Education to learn new skills and hobbies like karate, painting, and dance. Additionally, on weekends we have partnered with a local university so that students can volunteer their time to teach supplemental workshops.

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Finally, we are in the process of constructing a third floor for the MED Center for Primary Education and plan to work hand in hand with the community to decide what to offer in the space. It may be a computer area for teenagers to do their school work, a small business workshop for locals, or potentially an area for fun activities like movie nights!

Thanks for all of your support as we continue progressing this project. More updates to come soon!

December 20, 2018 2:32 pm

Experiences for your 2019 Bucket List

Written by Lindsay Mahaney

When planning your 2019 bucket list, consider joining a worldwide Movement to fight for a world free from the constraints of poverty. Make a pact with yourself to give back through your experiences this year, and support MEDLIFE in our mission to empower the poor in their fight for equal access to healthcare, education, and a safe home.

Don’t know where to start? Let us help.

Keep reading for life-changing experiences for your 2019 Bucket List!

Development Corps

Work hand in hand with local professionals and community members on the creation, planning, and execution of a development project. Development Corps is a week-long Service Learning Trip that allows students interested in architecture, engineering, and community planning to gain first-hand experience executing a development project in Peru. 

Create a lasting impact in communities through the creations of public green spaces or sanitation projects by building ecological bathrooms for local families. Public green spaces are an avenue to connect people to their communities. More than a beautiful landscape, public spaces bring people together. Ecological bathrooms create an eco-friendly waste treatment system that recycles nutrients and organic matter for soil enrichment and prevent the spread of diseases - creating a clean and healthy home environment. Both projects are essential components of the Development Corps experience and align with our Movement to provide a safe home. Register for a trip here or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it our team to schedule a new date today!

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Dental Clinic

The Dental Clinic is a week-long Service Learning Trip where students will support local dentists while providing dental screening and treatment to communities in Lima’s urban settlements and in the MEDVIDA Dental Clinic. During MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics, we always offer a dental station. It’s consistently one of the most-requested services, but the dentists are only able to treat 15 patients a day. With a specialty Dental Clinic, we can expand our reach and provide quality dental care to more people.

On the Dental Clinic, students will have the chance to work interactively with patients and dentists by performing a variety of roles including patient registration, station set-up, instrument preparation, and shadowing dentists throughout procedures like extractions, fillings, and cleanings. Students will also have the opportunity to lead adolescent dental education workshops. Register for Dental Clinic today!

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High School Trip

Just because you aren’t a university students doesn’t mean you can’t join the Movement. Modeled after our traditional Service Learning Trips, the exclusive MEDLIFE High School Trip offers the opportunity for students age 15-18 to support developing communities outside Lima, Peru. With additional staff and chaperones to support the project, students are offered the opportunity to experience a Mobile Clinic and Development Project in Lima.

Students will shadow local medical professionals and work alongside community members. In addition to their work in the field, volunteers will participate in educational discussions on social issues, community development, and more. Additionally, you’ll have time to explore the vibrant capital of Peru and explore the rich culture of the country through additional activities outside of clinic hours. Sign up for our High School Trip here

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Leadership Corps

If you’re a leader in your community, this experience may be for you. Spend two weeks learning about immigration and poverty in the rural Andes, as well as the origin of MEDLIFE, in this field course led by our founder, Dr. Nick Ellis. 

Venture to a remote community located four hours outside of Riobamba, Ecuador where you will get first-hand experience working side by side with community members to provide comprehensive care. In addition to the traditional Mobile Clinic we have during our regular Service Learning Trips, participants will get comprehensive discussions lead by our staff and local community members. To learn more, check out our video from last year's Leadership Corps!

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Charity Challenge

Travel to give back when you participate in a Charity Challenge to Peru or Tanzania. Simply put, a Charity Challenge is a trek you take part in while fundraising for a worthy cause. In this case, you are supporting the MEDLIFE Project Fund. 100% of the money you raise will provide much-needed funds to support the MEDLIFE Movement. All donations are used in the construction of community development projects like staircases, schools, and safe homes. These projects promote access to basic necessities and skills, enabling low-income families to free themselves from the constraints of poverty - promoting better health, education, and personal development.  

Once you’ve raised the required amount of money, your only job is to complete the challenge. MEDLIFE’s partner travel agency Good Life Expeditions will organize a trek on one of our two exotic routes: the Mount Kilimanjaro 6 day / 5 night trek or the Salkantay 5 day / 4 night trek. Spend time discovering these beautiful locations while supporting a good cause in 2019. Sign up today! 

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What else should we add to our list? Let us know! Contact our MEDLIFE at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today with suggestions, or to start planning your life-changing experience.

Learn more about the MEDLIFE Movement here.   

November 7, 2018 3:27 pm

#GiveMED

Written by Lindsay Mahaney

This giving season, choose to support #GiveMED — MEDLIFE’s fundraising campaign in conjunction with Giving Tuesday. By supporting MEDLIFE, you’re supporting hundreds of thousands of people in their fight for equal access to healthcare, education, and a safe home.

To donate to #GiveMED, visit our website donation page, or text the code GIVEMED to 44-321. With your generous contribution, you will be joining the Movement to create a world free from the constraints of poverty this holiday season.

Supporting the MEDLIFE Movement #GiveMED

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Giving Tuesday occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a day of global giving. Fueled by the power of social media, the campaign raises millions of dollars each year for non-profit organizations and charities worldwide. This year, MEDLIFE is participating in this incredible initiative to spread our Movement and raise money to empower patients and projects like these:

Give Medicine

Felix was working a labor intensive construction job to provide for his family when he fell and injured his head three years ago. Instead of treating the injury, the hospital gave him basic painkillers and sent him on his way. When the MEDLIFE team met him in Tena, Ecuador, he suffered from convulsions, fainting, and near immobility on his left side due to a cranial fracture. Unable to afford treatment, he had been forced to live with the side effects of his injury. Fortunately, he is now enrolled in our patient follow-up program where he receives physical therapy. With support from Chapters like the University of Southern California, who donated $1000 to his surgery, we are collecting funds to sponsor a surgery for him to receive titanium mesh to replace the broken piece of skull.

MEDLIFE’s team of local professionals work with patients from impoverished communities where we serve. Through our Mobile Clinics and follow-up care program, we are able to provide thousands of patients with high quality health care they would not receive otherwise. #GiveMedicine

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Give Education

The district of Ventanilla just north of Lima is home to thousands of people spread throughout several communities. When we work with communities like this, we work hand in hand on community identified issues. One of the primary items identified: the need for quality health care — especially women’s health. Educational workshops within communities like Ventanilla cover topics ranging from breast and cervical cancer to sexual health. MEDLIFE’s professional staff discusses the risks and warning signs of breast cancer and the importance of performing regular self breast exams, as well as the importance of Pap smear exams and preventing cervical cancer. Community members also receive a hands-on workshop demonstrating how to perform a self exam.

These workshops are an important part of the MEDLIFE Movement because they provide a safe and open environment where community members can express concerns. Afterwards, requests for check ups at Mobile Clinics skyrocket! #GiveEducation

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Give Development

Señora Susana lives in one of the rural communities surrounding Cusco that were part of our Healthy Homes initiative. Through Healthy Homes we work to provide better living conditions by building fuel efficient, well ventilated stoves, promoting hygiene and nutrition, and improve access to furniture. For most families, open flame stoves are their main method for cooking. Firewood is cheap and easily accessible, unlike gas. However, cooking over an open flame is dangerous and can cause serious health problems, most commonly respiratory diseases. Due to the thick smoke, family members — especially children — often suffer from cataracts, blindness, increased risk of infections, chronic pulmonary obstruction, anemia, and lung cancer.

When MEDLIFE renovates a Healthy Home, not only are we providing an easier way to prepare food, but also providing a healthier environment for families. With a new stove, people like Señora Susana can lead a healthy, happy life. #GiveDevelopment

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Giving Back at Home

While the ultimate goal of #GiveMED is to celebrate and encourage giving globally, a parallel goal is that this initiative brings our Movement, Chapters, and fundraising together. We’re calling on all of our Chapters to hold a fundraiser on Giving Tuesday to support the Movement as a collective, worldwide group. Chapter members will hold any fundraising event that they want, big or small, on Tuesday November 27, 2018 to encourage their friends, family, and even kind strangers to #GiveMED.

Similarly, we encourage you to support the Movement throughout the entire giving season by not only donating but also sharing projects from MEDLIFE’s Headquarters and the incredible work you do at home on social media using the hashtags #GiveMED and #MEDLIFEMovement.   

To donate to #GiveMED, visit our website donation page, or text the code GIVEMED to 44-321.

April 27, 2017 8:19 am

The Beauty of the Andes

Written by Jake Kincaid

MEDLIFE has two separate destinations, Cusco and Riobamba, where we work in primarily in rural indigenous communities in the Andes mountains. These communities are in very scenic locations in the mountains. This post showcases that the incredible beauty of the Andean communities that we work in. 

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April 4, 2017 8:50 am

Water Tanks in Laderas Completed

Written by Jake Kincaid

      In March of 2017 MEDLIFE completed our largest water project yet in the community of Laderas de Nueva Esperanza, in Lima Peru. The three water tanks will serve about 500 residents from Laderas de Nueva Esperaza. The community is located high on the hillside and is dependent on water trucks. They are located so high, that the water trucks rarely drive to their community. Before the tanks, residents quickly ran out of water before the trucks returned. Now, with the tanks, residents will have enough water to last between visits, and be able to purchase the water at the much cheaper bulk rate to fill the water tanks. On Saturday April 1st, MEDLIFE staff, volunteers, and Laderas residents gathered to celebrate the completed project. Thank you to community leaders Victoria Ramos, Feliciano Curiñaupa, Gavilan Quispe, Nora Lopez, and Santiago Quispe. Also, to Paola Zapata, Cesar Reyes, and Dr. Carlos for your work and for speaking at the inaugeration.

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The community surprised us an amazing performance of traditional Peruvian dance!

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