Poverty looms like tall peaks, but together we CAN move mountains.

What is Moving Mountains?

Moving Mountains began in 2020 as an urgent response to the hunger crisis faced by our partner communities when COVID-19 arrived. At that time, months of strict lockdown had resulted in unemployment and financial difficulties for many. In countries like Peru and Ecuador, this left some families with no way to put food on the table. To address this urgent crisis, we created a new fundraising campaign called Moving Mountains, and we were blown away by the response! Throughout the course of the academic year, MEDLIFE Chapter members from around the world came together to bring more than 1 million meals to families in need.

Over the last few years, Moving Mountains has evolved into an annual fundraising campaign. Donations support community initiatives that go above and beyond the Development Projects completed during Service Learning Trips. In the 2021-2022 academic year, the funds allowed us to build a huge retention wall that will help Union Santa Fe gain access to public services like running water and sewerage. It will also bring them one step closer to receiving land title for their homes.

Introducing #Health4Her

For the 2022-2023 academic year, our Moving Mountains campaign will focus on Women’s Health. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, women’s healthcare access has been disrupted, girls’ education has been put on hold, and lockdowns have increased gender-based violence. In fact, UN Women projects that COVID-19 will push an additional 47 million women and girls into extreme poverty, further widening the existing poverty gap between genders.

Over the last 18 years, MEDLIFE has provided high-quality, culturally appropriate healthcare services to thousands of women through our Mobile Clinics and Patient Follow-Up Program. In addition to offering free OB/GYN consultations and Pap smears, MEDLIFE also hosts health education workshops for local women. This year, one of our biggest goals is to continue the construction of our new MED Center. This multipurpose community hub will bring essential services like healthcare and education to low-income women and girls, empowering them to continue following their dreams.


5 ways you can support Moving Mountains

1. Become a Monthly Donor

To help us make a sustainable impact and support our work in the long-term we invite you to become a monthly donor. Click here to become a monthly donor.

2. Donate

You can also make a one-time donation to support Moving Mountains. Every little bit helps make a difference! Click her to make a one-time donation.

3. Fundraise

Create your own fundraising page on the Give Lively platform and ask your friends and family to donate. Click here to create your own fundraising page.

4. Attend an event

MEDLIFE Chapter members participate in Moving Mountains by attending educational webinars and fundraising Power Hours.

5. Help spread the word

Share the #Health4Her Campaign on social media to help us raise awareness. Remember to include the donation link!

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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.