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?


Corn Dryers Moments of Empowerment

Project Beneficiaries

  • 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.


 Patient Moments of EmpowermentPatients

  • 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


Educational Workshops

  • 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:


Join a Service Learning Trip

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.



Donate to the MEDLIFE Project Fund

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.

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Grow the Movement

By connecting us to new MEDLIFErs who are passionate about our mission and vision, you will be spreading the Movement and in turn helping to create future moments of empowerment.


Travel with Good Life Expeditions

Our partner travel agency donates profit back to MEDLIFE. By traveling with Good Life Expeditions, your trip will help create moments of empowerment in the destinations that you visit.

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Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.