Here at MEDLIFE we are proud to introduce Luis Cartagena, who has been working with MEDLIFE Ecuador for many years. Read more about Luis’ story below:
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Riobamba. I have always lived here, I love it.
How did you get involved with MEDLIFE?
I had been working as a bus driver for many years before I found out about MEDLIFE. Then, when MEDLIFE first started working in Riobamba I began volunteering as a bus driver for the organization. I knew my way around everywhere, so I offered MEDLIFE my bus and drove the staff and the volunteers wherever they needed to go. After 3 years MEDLIFE had grown big enough that the position ‘Project Coordinator of Riobamba’ was created to ensure continuous and efficient development of the organization. I was offered the role- as I know the poor communities around the Chimborazo Province I was the ideal candidate for the job.
What is it that you like most about working with MEDLIFE?
I love to work on the Mobile Clinics because this is when we inaugurate most of the projects. I find it very rewarding when a community is so grateful for what we do for them. During the Mobile Clinics I enjoy being able to work on the different stations, for example the pharmacy station. I am very versatile and try to help with everything I can.
Can you name a particular patient that has had a strong impact on you?
When we go to the Mobile Clinics we see just about everything, the old patients really impress me. They walk long distances and work very hard on a daily basis; regardless of their health conditions they always continue smiling. I want to be like that when I grow up!
What do you do in your free time?
I still love my bus so in my free time I take pleasure in going on trips and driving very long distances. I like to drive up to Colombia or down to PerÃº for the “RomerÃas” –a procession in honor of the Virgin Mary. I am very fond of the religious parade and the spectacular views on the drive there.