On Monday, March 22, VIDA shipped its first container carrying $1 million in medical supplies to Chile in response to the devastating 8.0 earthquake that destroyed the country's southern region. VIDA is working with our long-time partner Fundacion FEDES, a Chilean NGO to distribute the supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics operating in the city of Curicó and the Region of Maule.
Reports from Steven Colon, founder of FEDES are dire. "We traveled to the Region of Maule, where several of the larger public hospitals are uninhabitable. On our first trip we visited the city of Curicó. 90% of the downtown area of the city is in shambles, with shops, churches and over 2,500 houses destroyed. Population in this city is 136,000. The Curicó public hospital was also completely devastated (we weren't able to go near it because it's under military protection due to the danger of collapse). At the time of the quake, the hospital had 350 beds taken up and all of the patients had to be evacuated."
VIDA is making a long-term commitment to the people of southern Chile to help rebuild their medical infrastructure. VIDA needs your help and is seeking to raise $250,000 to send 25 containers carrying $37.5 million in medical supplies and equipment over the next three years.
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