Chapter Spotlight: WSU raises $2000 for day care project in Lima

Our chapter at Wayne State University founded just last October fundraised $2000 towards building a Wawa Wasi day care center roof in Lima, Peru! Read our Q&A below on their motivations for fundraising and hopes for this project:

What it is that motivated your chapter to fundraise for a MEDLIFE project?

The main factor that motivated us to fundraise for a MEDLIFE project was to have a specific goal that we could tell our chapter. This is Wayne State’s first year as a MEDLIFE chapter and it is crucial to get as many people together for support. One idea that our e-board decided on was to fund a specific MEDLIFE project so that our members would have a concrete idea of what our money was going towards and they would be more motivated to work toward our goal. This way, we developed a strong member pool in our first year and have set a firm foundation for the years to come.

Why did you choose this particular project to support?

The main reason to fundraise for Wawa Wasi was because we are partnered with a local organization, Woodbridge Community Youth Center. They focus on providing a safe, studious, and nutritious environment for the youth of Detroit during after school hours, when their parents are still at work. Instead of the children spending time at home or in their neighborhoods unsupervised and getting influenced by the negative environment that surrounds them, the organization provides them a positive environment with volunteer tutors to help the children with school work. Similarly, Wawawasi provides a safe and nutritious environment to the children of Peru so the mothers can go out and continue their education or work and seeing the impact Woodbridge has on the Detroit Community, we wanted to fundraise for the similar cause to create a large impact on their community.

How did you fundraise for the project?

We fundraised for this project with several different small events: bake sales (including samosas!), friendship bracelet sales, change wars, Donors Play, and henna tattoos. Also, our Masquerade dance fundraised about $440 that went directly to the fundraiser; our remarkable e-board worked hard on every fundraising event and donated a lot of their time and money so everything we made during the fundraisers was 100% profit. We fundraised for a total of about six months and reached our goal of $2000 on point!

What do you hope to see come out of this project?

We hope that more mothers are able to feel relieved that their children are in a safe and nutritious environment, and they take advantage of the opportunity to educate themselves or find a job so they can provide additional income to the household. In addition to the extra monetary flow through the families, we believe that once the children are in an environment that can give them the resources and tools they need, they can build their future on the pillars of success. Through this project, we hope to see a sustainable impact in the lives of the families living in the area.

Has your chapter participated on a Mobile Clinic before?

We have had three people from our chapter go on a Mobile Clinic, and one person will be tagging along with Michigan State during the May 5 Mobile Clinics. Of the three students who went, we had one go with the University of Michigan chapter to Ecuador in December, and the other two students went to Lima, Peru in March.


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.

Testimonial Quote

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.