Making a dream come true!

Last year our summer interns Eleanor Dickens and Lara Chambers were touched by the story of Adela, a community leader from Pamplona who suffered an accident while walking through the hills looking for solutions to the water problem at her community. The accident disabled Adela from walking long distances and from continuing her hard work. Being a single mother and widow has made Adela the breadwinner of her family, so she has always been concerned about providing everything her children need.


With the little savings she had, Adela bought some fabrics and ribbons to start doing what she does best: handicrafts. Adela began making handbags and wallets to sell, but it wasn’t enough. In order to sell more of her products, Adela needed to buy the right equipment to produce greater quantities with better quality. Unfortunately such equipment was too expensive and buying requires an effort that she could not do in that moment.

In an effort to help, the girls started a campaign to raise funds for Adela and help her take on her business more seriously.  With this, Adela is able to have more income for her family and a better quality of life. Once the campaign was online it was amazing how fast people started collaborating with them. “Every time I could, I went to a cyber café to look at the campaign. I was really excited,” Adela told us.


After a long effort, MEDLIFE is proud to announce that 100% of all money donated to Adela was used to buy all the materials and machinery she needs. Now she can start working without complications.
“Thanks to Eleanor, Lara and all the MEDLIFE team for making this dream come true for me,” said Adela after we finished buying all the materials. 

We are glad that like Eleanor and Lara, our volunteers and supporters are taking action and making real changes in the lives of thousands of people in need. Together, we are making it possible.



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.