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.
Dec 22, 2015

VIDA prepares for first shipment to Chile

VIDA is preparing to send our first container to our Chilean partner FEDES in January 2016.  The first container will carry medical supplies and equipment to benefit the numerous clinics in the suburbs of Santiago.  These clinics serve some of the poorest people in the country.  The value of the shipment will exceed $500,000 and included surgical kits, exam tables, hospital beds and  gurneys.

This project will biuld on the success of VIDA's earlier efforts that shipped over $10 million in aid as a result of the devestating earthquake in 2012. This donation will be targeting impoverished orphanges and schools who offer the most efficent channel of distrubtion to a large number of beneficiaries.  

VIDA and FEDES are planning another shipment of medical supplies in March 2016.

Nov 17, 2015

VIDA expands outreach to Arequipa and Ayacucho!

VIDA Peru
VIDA Peru

VIDA continues to aid remote regions impacted by the various natural disasters that have hit Peru over the past decade including Cusco. VIDA continues to partner with Peru’s Ministry of Health and the military to airlift medical aid to benefit thousands of families in the region of Tambo, Ayacucho. VIDA is building on our work in the Ayacucho region through our partnership with Otis McAllister, Inc and its suppliers of quinoa.  Trucks leaving the region carrying quinoa to the ocean ports return back empty.  This has created a strategic opportunity for VIDA, to partner with these growers, and fill the empty trucks with donated medical aid.  VIDA is currently using a similar strategy in shipping to Arequipa and up into Peru’s impoverished Altiplano region where Alpaca herders live. The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com), CARITAS and the non-profit group Queachua Benefits.  The program is also made possible by the generous funding of transportation and logistics by Otis McAllister Inc. VIDA is working with a variety of hospital and small clinics by providing hospital beds, exam tables and other equipment and supplies. Recently, VIDA just airlifted $1.5 million in Vaseline that addresses the skin problems suffered by the people living at high altitude and harsh environment.  From Arequipa the remaining donations are then sent to Puno and finally the balance of the donations are dispersed throughout the Altiplano.    Thank you for making this unique and impactful program possible.

Nov 17, 2015

$6 million in Aid Arrives in Peru!

Vida Peru Team working in Lima warehouse
Vida Peru Team working in Lima warehouse

Dear Friends of VIDA,

VIDA Peru’s warehouse is filling up fast! Five containers carrying hospital beds, exam tables, walkers and crutches, along with other equipment and lifesaving supplies have arrived in Lima over the past three months. In addition 2 air shipments of antibiotic medicine has also arrived to be distributed throughout greater Lima.  These donations total over $6 million and will be distributed to over 20 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV. 

Beds and other equipment are an important donation that honors the dignity of every human being while also improving the morale of healthcare workers who struggle everyday just to provide basic care.  Even access to sterile gloves and gowns makes a huge difference in the lives of the healthcare professionals.  Thank you for making this donation possible.  VIDA is also working on a special program that will address the devastating impact that El Nino will have on those living in poverty.  While El Nino may help the drought crisis on the west coast of the United States, It unfortunately will result in torrential rains that will wash away roads and rail lines and have an adverse impact on the local economies.  In addition, El Nino has also resulted in severe flooding and landslides that has taken many lives as well as destroying homes and businesses in the most vulnerable communities.  VIDA is working with Paz Peru to produce thousands of kits for families that will contain first aid equipment, clothing and blankets.  These kits will be distributed beginning in December 2015.

Your support makes all of this lifesaving work possible.

 

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