Back to School in Virgen de Chapi!

Fourth Clinic Day!

Back to School in Virgen de Chapi!

On day four of our mobile clinic we visited the people of Virgen de Chapi and Manchay. The clinic in Virgen de Chapi was in a tiny open schoolhouse. It was incredibly fun to see the brightly coloured handprints all over the walls and the “Feliz Cumpleaños” paper signs with children’s names in each room. It was such a fun atmosphere for our clinic and everyone’s mood reflected that.

One little boy in Manchay stood out the most to the volunteers for being so intelligent at such a young age. He was impressing us with his incredible Spanish to English translations that he had learned in school. We really hope that this child is going to have opportunities available to him in his future because he has all of the potential in the world. It’s difficult sometimes being here and seeing these children and not knowing what their future may hold for better or for worse.

Paula is one of our brigade members and as a native Spanish speaker she is able to have a much different experience than the rest of us who suffer from the language barrier.

Coming from Venezuela, I had seen the unfortunate conditions in which some people still live in to this day. I had always wanted to do something about it and MEDLIFE gave me the opportunity to come to Peru and contribute to improve people’s lives. It has been an unbelievable experience that I will surely never forget.

My most memorable experience from this brigade so far had been interacting with the children. In every village we have been to, they have brightened our day with their smiles and irresistible cuteness. Being in the toothbrushing station allowed me to talk to the children and learn about their lives. I remember this 12-year-old girl who was telling me how she is learning English at school because one day she will travel all over the world. I realized that just like us, these children have dreams. They should have the right to pursue them, but without the essentials they might not even have the chance to finish high school. That is what MEDLIFE is about, helping bring these people the primary care they need to provide a better life and better opportunities for the next generation. It was touching to see how we all became so close with he children at each clinic and how they would wave us goodbye, asking when we would be back.

I also had the opportunity to talk to Señor Carlos, an active MEDLIFE member. It was truly through his explanations that I saw how MEDLIFE actively involves the people in the village and cater to their needs when they ask for help. He described in great detail how the stair project works. He is in charge of bringing the community together in order to put the project forward. The people in the village start working on it two to three months before the brigade starts. The men have to miss work days to help break the rocks and build a way for the staircase to be built. Some areas are deep into the mountain where no cars can pass so they also have to carry cement and the necessary materials to the construction site. They are all very hardworking people and it is humbling to set how they all come together to work towards the same goal.

We learn so many great things from these people and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to meet them. I hope to come back again, but next time for longer.

Hasty pronto y gracias por todo!


From Villa Maria to Paraiso!

As the New Year starts, a new MedlifeMcGill Brigade is already on its way to South America. This time around, they are heading to Lima, Peru. This time we have pictures, we have stories, we have Vlogs and much more to share their experience with you. So please enjoy, share, follow and like us on FB! I present to you…The March 2012 Brigade!

From Villa Maria to Paraiso

The McGill MEDLIFE chapter has arrived in Lima, Peru to begin a five day mobile medical clinic. There are 45 students here to volunteer and we have been divided into two groups so that we can reach as many patients as possible. Monday February 20 was our first on field day and we visited the people of Villa Maria and Paraiso. Together we provided medical attention to approximately 275 people.

Students are able to assist local Peruvian doctors and nurses by lending a hand in multiple stations. The process for the patients begins by checking in at the inscription tent, followed by checking their vital signs, and then heading over to our education station to watch various videos describing how to live a healthier, safer lifestyle. From there, based on individual need, patients visited a dentist, an obstetrician, and/or a general practitioner. The final stage concluded with a visit to the pharmacist where patients received free prescriptions for their conditions.

A general consensus for the day’s highlights involved teaching the children of these villages how to properly brush their teeth. In fact, most of us just loved playing with these adorable Peruvian children in general. Overall, everyone was very appreciative of our efforts and despite the language barrier meaningful connections were formed. It was incredibly rewarding to meet these people who showed us just how lucky we are.

Ten of our comrades began working on a stair-building project. Most of the people living in these neighbourhoods live in very rocky terrains. By building the stairs we are providing an easier access to clean water sources as well as allowing children to reach schools safely. Over the course of the week everyone will contribute to this important stepin a better direction. Stay tuned to see our progress!

Tomorrow we’ll be heading to a new village to help new people. After such a successful first day we are very much looking forward to what tomorrow will bring!

Enjoy day one’s picture and video highlights!

Gracias y ciao!