Catherine's Service Trip to Cusco, Peru!
Organized by: Catherine Canary
EVENT DATE Jan 10, 2015
This winter I will be traveling to Cusco, Peru with 12 women from my service sorority, Chi Delta Alpha, to serve in mobile health clinics.
Our small group of 13 women will be partnering with MEDLIFE, a donation-based organization with a mission of "help[ing] families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, [and] empowering them to live healthier lives." Further, they "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. MEDLIFE believes access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. To this end, we commit our time, resources, knowledge and hope to bring Medicine, Education and Development to Low Income Families Everywhere."
The largely indigenous population of Cusco, Peru and many of its surrounding communities continue to live in extreme poverty. In the rural mountainside pueblos, roads are often unpaved and unsafe, schools are stocked with only the most basic teaching supplies, and the nearest hospital may be up to two hours away by car. Residents of Cusco and its surrounding territory strongly identify with the indigenous Quechua culture, and the economy relies heavily on agriculture. Heavy rains and earthquakes frequently produce further hardships, as evidenced by the January 2010 flooding, which wiped out roads, utility grids, and structures alike. Not spared from the destruction were many of the area's few medical clinics where we will be working during our stay.
Cusco is a place where there is so much need. We are already engaged in many fundraising efforts on and off campus to make our trip happen by meeting our goal of $1,700 (including airfare) for a one week service trip. If you would like to contribute to my personal fundraising efforts, please donate through this page or even just share the link on social media! I am so, so thankful for all of your love and support!