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Why Education?

According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), “many children that finish second grade in the rural areas do not know how to read or write,” due to:

  • Distance to schools: the lack of schools in rural areas often forces children to migrate to schools far away from their homes, enduring long and dangerous walks.

  • Number of classroom hours: many teachers teach only Tuesday through Thursday to go home to the city on weekends.

  • Single teachers: a single teacher is one who has students in different grades in a single classroom and who must implement an educative process for all of them at the same time.

Poor infrastructure in communities often means that school rooms are small or non-existent, lack resources for teachers, and are not properly built to shelter children from the elements. 

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 Our Approach

We focus our efforts in education through our Preventative Health Education Workshops and School Construction Projects.

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Preventative Health Education Workshops

Our Mobile Clinics provide health education in the form of educational videos, brochures, and presentations by medical professionals. We provide information on diseases such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease (and others) to help our patients understand how to prevent and treat such conditions.

Modeled after the same health education that a patient would receive in the United States, our workshops focus on teaching patients about how to live healthier lives, demonstrating important screening tests, answering questions, and trying to install a culture of preventative care.

School Construction Projects
MEDLIFE Telan Playa 2010   


The first school classroom construction project was inspired by the community of Telan Playa, Ecuador, when, in March 2010, student volunteers traveled to provide individuals and families in need with Mobile Clinic medical services.

As children filed out of the schoolroom, MEDLIFE staff members and volunteers saw that 55 children, ages 5 to 13, were tightly packed into a single, small classroom. Returning home, these students took matters into their own hands, organizing nationwide fundraising events at MEDLIFE chapters across the USA.

6 weeks after our students visited Telan Playa for the first time, MEDLIFE student members had fundraised enough money to build a second classroom for the school. Since then, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education has provided a list of schools in the country most in need of additional classroom space.


In Lima, the government has designated an education program called CUNAMAS for children from 1 to 2 years, and another program called PRONOEI for children from 3 to 5 years. These centers provide food, care and education to children in communities. Unfortunately, to accede to the program the community must have a suitable and safe environment for the children.

MEDLIFE has built a Wawa Wasi or child care center in the community of Union Santa Fe, in the district of Villa Maria del Triunfo (Lima, Peru) whose first floor is a CUNAMAS and the second floor is a PRONOEI. 

MEDLIFE is currently in the process of building school rooms and daycare centers for several underserved communities. 

  MEDLIFE Union Santa Fe 2015
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