MEDLIFE is an international, non-government organization based in South America that partners with motivated, poor individuals from the communities mainly within Peru, Panama and Ecuador to improve their access to education, healthcare, and community development. The mission of MEDLIFE is not only to provide assistance to these individuals, but to sustain these effects. MEDLIFE is a heavily student-based organization, which is where the IIT-MEDLIFE chapter fits in. As the IIT-MEDLIFE chapter, we lend our support by fundraising money through volunteer activities, large and small scale events, and sponsors. The fundraising events are organized by self-motivated, energetic students, who believe that access to quality healthcare, better living, and education is a basic human right. As students committing their time, resources, and knowledge to this organization, we hope to achieve an improvement in the overall health and welfare of low income families and communities in need.
Because the IIT-MEDLIFE chapter is considered an expansion chapter (explained in the medical brigade section) our current goal has changed, although our overall and long-term goal is that listed above. Instead, our current goal is to raise enough money to send at least 10 IIT students on a medical brigade to South America. We realize that in order to educate and help others we must first educate ourselves. In order to do so we plan to attend local healthcare conferences, invite guest speakers, and provide Spanish lessons for those students attending the brigade. Because the IIT chapter is only the third chapter to be started in the Chicagoland area, we plan to collaborate with the other nearby chapters in fund raising events.
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