Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance

VIDA is a non-profit organization providing dual service to both Latin America and Northern California by collecting surplus medical supplies and equipment from health institutions, diverting them from landfills, and shipping them to Latin American hospitals and clinics that rely on such donations for the provision of basic health care.
Nov 13, 2014

Two containers make port at Callao, Peru!

Luis loads VIDA container bound for Peru
Luis loads VIDA container bound for Peru

Two containers carrying over $1.5 million in aid arrived in the port of Callao Peru on November 1, 2014.  In addition two containers from the VIDA warehouse carrying over $1 million in aid and one container carrying $1 million in aid from our partner Direct Relief will be leaving for Peru to resupply VIDA projects in Lima, Cuzco, and the Antiplano region near Arequipa.  Beneficiaries range from the large urban Lima pediatric hospital Asociación de Damas Hospital Emergencias Pediátricas to the rural clinic serving single mothers and their children Policlinico Belen in Cuzco.   The shipments contain hospital beds, gurneys, exam tables, crutches, walkers and over 1,000 boxes of medical supplies ranging from gloves to sutures to surgical kits. These shipments could not be possible without the work of VIDA Volunteers who work at the VIDA warehouse in Emeryville California sorting donated medical supplies.  The volunteers sort out expired goods, liquids and medicine. To learn more about volunteering at VIDA please visit our website at www.vidausa.org.  We welcome both individuals and large groups.  Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!

VIDA Volunteers
VIDA Volunteers

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Nov 13, 2014

Medical aid bound for Cuzco makes port!

VIDA Volunteers
VIDA Volunteers

Two containers carrying over $1.5 million in aid arrived in the port of Callao Peru on November 1, 2014.  In addition two containers from the VIDA warehouse carrying over $1 million in aid and one container carrying $1 million in aid from our partner Direct Relief will be leaving for Peru to resupply VIDA projects in Lima, Cuzco, and the Antiplano region near Arequipa.  Beneficiaries range from the large urban Lima pediatric hospital Asociación de Damas Hospital Emergencias Pediátricas to the rural clinic serving single mothers and their children Policlinico Belen in Cuzco.   The shipments contain hospital beds, gurneys, exam tables, crutches, walkers and over 1,000 boxes of medical supplies ranging from gloves to sutures to surgical kits. The donations destined for Cuzo also include 150 first-aid kits donated by Bayer Corporation. These shipments could not be possible without the work of VIDA Volunteers who work at the VIDA warehouse in Emeryville California sorting donated medical supplies.  The volunteers sort out expired goods, liquids and medicine. To learn more about volunteering at VIDA please visit our website at www.vidausa.org.  We welcome both individuals and large groups.  Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!

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Jul 15, 2014

VIDA Has Not Forgotten Haiti!

Dear Friends of Haiti,

In spite of the many struggles to move donations through customs, VIDA remains fully committed to this impoverished country that has now receded into the background after the tragic earthquake.  The problems and struggles remain overwhelming. 

VIDA is continuing to send additional aid to our project in Cayes Jacmel which is still reeling from the effects of the devastating earthquake. A group of physicians led by Dr. Magloir continues to visit Haiti twice a year, bringing with them donated supplies and equipment from VIDA. Thanks to the generosity of so many, thousands of impoverished Haitians have received care.  Most recently, the group carried 25 suitcases of expensive respiratory supplies and equipment along with patient care materials.   The value of the materials was in excess of $100,000.  These type of shipments will continue six times a year due to your support.

We are also pleased to announce that are earlier ocean container sponsored by Otis McAllister, Inc. carrying $250,000 in aid has cleared customs and is in transit to St. Damien's Pediatric Hospital.   We look forward to sharing more information on this shipment in the next report.

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