I have been blessed with the opportunity to join the MEDLIFE team at UC Berkeley for their upcoming volunteer trip and medical brigade for three weeks to Lima, Peru. If you know me you know this trip combines all my lifes passions: service to areas lacking resources, medicine, practicing spanish, and traveling! MEDLIFE is an organization built on the principles of improving accessibility to Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere.
The mission of MEDLIFE is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives.
My work will be centered in the shantytown of Pamplona Alta. In this community of over 20,000 residents (and constantly growing), there are no direct sewage or water lines. One of the goals of the UC Berkeley MEDLIFE chapter is to improve this inadequate system with a sustainable Clean Water Initiative.
Along with this Clean Water Initiative, I will be volunteering with local doctors and medical professionals who seek to aid those who have little to no access to proper health care services and will be taking vitals and helping out in a variety of specialties.
When not working with medical professionals, I will either be spending time working with the youth of the community (teaching healthy habits such as proper tooth brushing or explaining the importance of a healthy and balanced diet) or working with the community development team. The goal is sustainability so health education is key. As there have been several health and safety concerns related to the steep terrain of Pamplona Alta, we have determined that building a staircase would provide an immeasurable improvement for the community.
The moment I was selected to be part of the MEDLIFE team, I knew that this would be the beginning to the rest of my professional career! I am looking to raise $3500 to pay for my housing and flights to South America and the chance to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. This is a program that I am truly passionate about, and is one of the first steps in pursuing my lifelong passion of serving underprivileged areas in the medical field and am SO thankful for being given the opportunity to join the MEDLIFE team at UCB.
Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I would be more than happy to talk with you about the program and why this is so important to me!
Thank you all for taking the time to read this! With your support, we can make a direct impact fighting the communal trials and troubles of poverty and social inequality!
University of California, Berkeley '18
- Kathy Wood
- Cherie Page
- Wendi Carlock
- Kenneth Bates
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