From Jan 5-13, 2011 the UNE MEDLIFE organization and UNE faculty will be in Tena, Ecuador for a medical and education brigade. MEDLIFE, which stands for “Medicine, Education and Development For Low Income Families Everywhere,” states the following on its website:
“Our mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. Our patients did not choose to be poor, but they have chosen to strive toward a better life; MEDLIFE stands beside them in this pursuit. We aim to achieve this goal through partnering with motivated individuals in poor communities working to improve their access to MEDs: Medicine, Education and community Development.”
Different from the high Andean mountain region of Cusco, Peru, where we went in January 2010, this medical and educational brigade will take place at the edge of the Amazon rain forest. As in Peru, we will serve in clinics in under-served areas, this time promoting basic education in addition to basic health care. As Mother Teresa instructed us: “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”
This is exactly the lesson we will try to apply during our mission in Ecuador. It will be an amazing experience for our students to visit and experience a fascinating country and geography of South America. I hope you enjoy our journey to the Ecuadorian Amazon on this blog.