A 25-foot tsunami wave rises precipitously to meet visitors as they enter Medical Teams International's REAL. LIFE. exhibit. The lifelike wave, created to show the dimensions of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, is one of many examples from Medical Teams International’s multi-sensory, experiential exhibit.
The free exhibit is designed to be an educational resource for schools, families and civic organizations to learn more about international humanitarian issues, global health concerns and socio-economic topics.
The walk-through exhibit enables visitors to powerfully experience the needs of communities affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. The eight life-sized vignettes show:
• A medical triage clinic in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
• The overpowering phenomenon of a crushing tsunami wave.
• A camp in Uganda for people displaced by terrorists who abduct children and force them into their “army”
• A garbage dump in Mexico that is home to the poorest of the poor.
“We hope people will be touched by what they see and hear, but most of all, we hope they will be moved to act,” says Bas Vanderzalm, president of Medical Teams International. “Those who tour this exhibit will have an opportunity to learn how they can make a difference.”
The REAL. LIFE. exhibit is open for tours by schools, civic groups and the public. Please make an appointment by calling Michael McNamara at 503-624-1000. The exhibit is housed at Medical Teams International Headquarters and Distribution Center, 14150 SW Milton Ct., Tigard, OR. For a virtual tour, please visit www.medicalteams.org and click on REAL. LIFE. Exhibit.
Since 1979, Medical Teams International has sent nearly 1,700 volunteer teams to some of the most impoverished and devastated areas in the world. The relief organization has shipped more than $1 billion in humanitarian aid to more than 100 countries. Forbes Magazine has named Medical Teams International to its list of 10 Gold-Star charities for its efficient use of donor dollars.