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MEDLIFE: Partnering with, not doing to – #GivingTuesday

by · January 22, 2013

Last week, C.C. Chapman mentioned the importance of water. Another need the world over is medical care.

One of the coolest nonprofits I’ve come across is MEDLIFE. MEDLIFE started when a medical student, Nick Ellis, was on a medical missions trip to Peru. As with other medical trips, the medical team took care of the needs that were presented to them. But something bugged Nick.

One woman came to him with a serious medical issue. As he listened to her story, he realized her condition was largely do to a the path she used to walk up the mountain. What would really improve her health and the health of her community would be to build stairs up the mountain. But the team was there to provide medical care, not build things.