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.
Jun 13, 2016

8 Tons of Soup Bound for Peru

We thank you for your support as we continue to aid remote regions of Peru impacted by various natural disasters.

We are all familiar with the impact of El Nino on the weather patterns in the United States.  What many of us forget is that El Nino originates off of the coast of Peru.  Sadly, a strong El Nino reeks havoc on Peru's weather.  The region impacted the greatest is the Andean, including The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Ayacucho and Arequipa.  This year's El Nino has resulted in devestating flooding that has not only destroyed households and transportation routes, but has also destroyed agriculture.  The loss of housing, food and income will be putting a great stress on Peru's most vulnerable population.

To address the immediate issues of food insecurity and the coming cold mountain winter, VIDA is shipping 8 tons of soup which will be distriubted throughout the Andean region.  In addition, VIDA Peru will be including 2,000 care packages containing blankets and sweaters in collaboration with a Peruvian textile company. 

The shipment will also include medical supplies and equipment and over-the-counter cold medicine.  This shipment will be followed by two additional shipments in July 2016 carrying medical supplies and equipment.

ps - if anyone is living in the Bay Area and would like to volunteer sorting donations - check us out at vidausa.org.

May 26, 2016

Nearly $2M in Supplies For Guayaquil Hospitals

Hello and thank you GG supporters!

We have news to share. We have packed two containers bound for Ecuador. The first is carrying primarily medical equipment valued at $200,000. This equipment was donated/collected from local Bay Area hospitals. On an ngoing basis we drive around the Bay for scheduled equipment donations -so that when an event happens - such as this earthquake - we are fully prepared to respond, both here in the US and in Latin America, primarily in Peru.

The second container is packed with $750,000 in medical supplies, from costly surgical kits to gauze - this container is a life saving gift to the doctors and nurses as well as the end recipients - people in need in Ecuador.

In addition - collabprating with our partner Americares - over $1 miilion in medicines are on the way to hosptials in Ecuador.

All great news and more to come. Thank you for helping us to achieve our goals.

VIDA USA

Mar 21, 2016

Spring shipments to Lima find a home

Hello wonderful supporters of VIDA!

We thank you for the past and the future as we continue to aid the people in need in Peru.

We work with a variety of hospitals and small clinics -  providing hospital beds, exam tables and other much needed equipment and supplies. We partner with Peru’s Ministry of Health and generous transportation and logistics by Otis McAllister Inc.to bring medical aid to benefit thousands of people in Lima all year long.

Thank you for making this unique and impactful meidcal relief program possible through your donations.

Please consider providing monthly donations - even $10 a month goes along way in our programs.

Patti Mangan

VIDA BOARD MEMBER

ps - if anyone is living in the Bay Area and would like to volunteer sorting donations - check us out at vidausa.org.

PATTI MANGAN
Board Member VIDA USA


 

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