Let’s Create 150k Moments of Empowerment
Why moments of empowerment?
This year we celebrate 15 years of MEDLIFE. 15 years of empowering low-income families across Latin America & Africa. So to celebrate, we have the goal of creating 150,000 moments of empowerment.
What is a moment of empowerment?
A moment of empowerment could be the moment a woman attends an educational workshop and learns to perform a self-breast exam, the first time a child uses a recently built staircase in their community to get to school, or one of the many other empowering moments that we can create together using Medicine, Education, and Development.
How do we calculate moments of empowerment?
Staircases, Water Pylons, or Other Community Projects: Every member of the community where the staircase/water pylon/other project is located, is counted as a moment of empowerment. For example, if there are 500 community members in the community where we built a staircase/water pylon/other project, that is 500 moments of empowerment. If 2 staircases/water pylons/other projects are built in that same community, then that is 1,000 moments of empowerment.
Home Projects: (Healthy Homes or home improvement): Each member of the family that lives in the house that is being improved counts as a moment of empowerment. If we work on a Healthy Homes stove project for a family of 5, this is 5 moments of empowerment. If we also build them a corn dryer separately, that is 10 moments of empowerment.
School Project: The total number of students and teachers at the school is the number of moments of empowerment. If the school is used also for community meetings, we will count all students and teachers, as well as community members, in the total number of moments of empowerment for that project.
During Mobile Clinics, each patient consultation counts as a moment of empowerment
For example, if 100 patients come to a Mobile Clinic but there are 150 appointments or consultations during the clinic, we count this as 150 moments of empowerment. If a patient is seen by both the OB and the dentist, that is 2 moments of empowerment
If a patient is then enrolled in our follow-up program, that counts as another moment of empowerment
Each person who attends an Educational Workshop (both inside and outside of a Mobile Clinic) is counted as one moment of empowerment. Both health education and general education workshop attendees are counted.
How can you help us reach our goal of 150k moments of empowerment?
In order to succeed, and reach new communities both at home and abroad, we need your help growing the Movement in your local community. Reaching our 150,000 moments goal won’t be easy (what meaningful thing ever is?) so check out some ways you can get involved below:
Not only will your trip bring development projects, Mobile Clinics, and educational workshops – which makes hundreds of moments already – but your financial support will help us create moments of empowerment long after you’ve returned home through development projects and patient follow-up.
Your donation will create moments of empowerment by directly funding community initiatives. Remember that 100% of each donation is spent on itemized costs that contribute to sustainable and long-term projects that make an impact in low-income communities, like our Walls That Unify Project.