Remember when we came together as a Movement last year to raise $30,000 that built the retention wall in Union Santa Fe? That was awesome. And we need to do it again.

While the news is focused on the walls that divide nations and cultures, we are focused on using walls to bring people together and solve some of the toughest problems in the world. That is why we have a new goal. It’s a big one, but when you set out to end poverty worldwide, you can’t think small.

Our goal is to raise $350,000 in the next six months so that we can continue building walls that unify rather than divide. We know you will have a lot of questions, so we’ve laid it all out below.



*This will be updated weekly, it is not automatic


Click on a section of the wall below to learn about the families they will protect and to donate!


A wall can seem simple, but it represents so much more than you might think. A safety net for families, a protected area for your home, and maybe even a path to leaving the constraints of poverty.

  • Walls Protect Families & Create Safer Homes
    • Building a stronger network of retention walls means truly, to the best of our abilities, protecting families from natural disasters like earthquakes – a very likely reality in Peru.
    • Click on the pins in the map above to learn about the families that these walls will protect
  • Walls Can Obtain Land Title for Union Santa Fe
    • Access to land is important for household welfare, economic growth, and reduction of poverty.
  • Walls Get Us Closer to the MED Center
    • MEDLIFE’s vision is to build a community center in Union Santa Fe where the world’s best and brightest can gather to collaborate, innovate, and solve problems faced by low-income communities. Land Title for Union Santa Fe would open up a pathway towards constructing the MED Center.

What is new in Union Santa Fe?

As you probably know from our campaign last year, MEDLIFE has been working hand in hand with Union Santa Fe for years. Our collaboration has brought electricitystaircaseswater projectssanitation projects, high-quality healthcare, and even an education center to the community. All of this has been an effort to improve living conditions, but also important to create an environment that would qualify Union Santa Fe for Land Title.

We were advised that building the original retention wall (the one already completed thanks to your generous donations!) would be enough in conjunction with all of the other projects mentioned, to qualify Union Santa Fe for Land Title. Recently, additional structural engineers were sent out to evaluate the area and their assessment changed things. The community now needs to build over 400 meters of additional retention wall to be eligible for Land Title.

Yes, this is a challenge. We are in the same situation as before – we still don’t know if this will give us the result we want – but at the end of the day any project that makes the world a safer place is one we want to be a part of. Do you?

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.