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 10, 2016

Two Shipments on the Water Carrying Lifesaving AID

Pediatric Equipment in Lima Clinic
Pediatric Equipment in Lima Clinic

VIDA USA shipped two containers in October carrying lifesaving aid to benefit projects in Lima, Arequipa and Ayacucho. The shipments contain hospital beds, exam tables, wheelchairs, walker and crutches along with $1.25 million in medical supplies.   Included in one of the shipments are $50,000 in eye exam equipment and 1,000 glasses that will be used by U.S. based optometrists who will be volunteering in the impoverished regions outside of Arequipa with Quechua Benefits, a nonprofit working in some of the most remote regions in Peru.  The traveling team will move from village to village scattered throughout the Andes providing free eye exams and distributing free eye glasses. 

The remainder of the supplies and equipment will be distributed to urban clinics in Lima and Ayacucho which provide free healthcare to those in need.  It is because of your generosity that VIDA is able to send these shipments at no cost to the beneficiaries!

Nov 10, 2016

Podiatry Students Volunteer in Santiago

VIDA supplied four students travelling from Oakland for a one week medical mission to Santiago.  The students who are studying at Samuel Merritt University School of Podiatry will be volunteering at various small clinics in the cities most impoverished neighborhood.  VIDA supplied the students with a range of podiatric and medical supplies to treat patients issues related to the foot, ankle and lower extremities.  This includes supports, braces and wraps that can help alleviate years of patient suffering.  Also, the students will be carrying six artificial legs that will be donated to an appropriate facility that can properly fit the patients.

VIDA is in the process of fundraising for a 40' container to be sent to our long-time partner FEDES which works throughout greater Santiago.

Your continued support makes our mission possible!

 

 

Oct 14, 2016

Eucador continues to rattle with 2,200 aftershocks!

RIGHT NOW - Your donation for Ecuador can be 100% matched by GlobalGiving!

By donating now, your contribution will be doubled and help us to ship must needed medical supplies to affected communities in Ecuador.

Sunday, October 16th will mark six months after the devastating earthquake, yet Ecuador continues to be in a state of emergency. On this anniversary we ask that you stop and take a moment to reflect on what this means for the people, the sick, the injured.

The people of Ecuador are living with constant aftershocks – since April 16th there have been 2,220 aftershocks, of which 45 were stronger than 5 on the richter scale.

It's not over. The need is as strong now as the day after the earthquake. Ecuador continues to heavily rely on international relief efforts.

VIDA supports Ecuador annually - we need your financial support to continue our efforts.

TAKE advantage of the 100% match now. Our limit for the match is $12,000 - please help us get there.

Thank you

 
   

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