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 13, 2012

3 shipments arrive in Peru with 3 more on the way!

Two containers carrying over 150 hospital beds along with a third container carrying over $3million in antibiotics arrived in Lima in early December.  These donations will be distributed to over 30 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV.  Each of these hospital beds has a useful life of over 30 years.  

This donation equates to a staggering 54,600 patient days over the useful life of these beds.  Sadly ,many of these hospitals do not have even beds for their patients to convalesce.  Beds and other equipment are an important donation that honors the dignity of every human being.  Thank you for making this donation possible.  The shipment of antibiotics will help alleviate the immediate suffering of tens of thousands of patients who are fighting infection.  Infections are a systemic problem due to poor sanitation and other risk factors associated with poverty.

We are also excited to announce that three shipments are leaving our warehouse in Emeryville carrying valuable medical supplies and equipment.  This will benefit tens of thousands of people suffering in Peru.  This will cap off a record year of shipments to Peru.  Thanks to your generosity, VIDA will ship 24 containers of aid in 2012!  Thank you for your continued support in 2013 and beyond.

Sep 11, 2012

The need and support for this VIDA project has grown beyond imagination!

Hello donors!

We have great news to report - And - turns out we have an anonymous donor willing to match your donations!

If you simply enroll as a recurring donor - for as little as $5-10 a month for example. Your donation will be doubled!

This is the case for all of our projects - Peru, Chile and Haiti. We hope this motivates a great number of you!

 

Meanwhile

Two jammed packed containers carrying over $6 million in aid cleared customs and arrived at VIDA Peru’s warehouse in July 2012.  The first container carried medical supplies and equipment to benefit the numerous hospitals and clinics operating throughout greater Lima.  These clinics serve some of the poorest people in the country including the shantytown’s such as Pamplona located in the barren mountains surrounding Lima. The value of the shipment exceeded $1,000,000 and included basic medical supplies, vitamins and exam tables.

In collaboration with Gymboree Corp., VIDA shipped a second container of brand new children clothing manufactured by Gymboree.  The shipment contained 250,000 garments, footwear and bedding with a value in excess of $5 million. VIDA Peru is in the process of distributing the donations to 30 institutions serving Peru’s most impoverished citizens including hospitals, clinics, orphanages and schools who will serve over 100,000 people.  A part of the Gymboree donation will benefit the orphanage La Sagrada Familia, which is home to over 800 orphans.  

This donation was also made possible by the generous support of Otis McAllister (otismac.com) a San Francisco based company that underwrote all transportation costs for these two shipments.  Coupled with the donations from the Global Giving community to offset the import fees, tens of thousands o f children are dressed in warm clothing this cold winter season.

Your Global Giving donations make it possible to deliver the containers to Peru. Last year we shipped 41 containers to Latin America. Our goal this year is 50. We are capable of delivering 70+containers of supplies but must raise the funds for each container. Delivery of the containers cost about $7,500 based on shipping and import fees. On average, for every $1 donated, VIDA sends over $150 in aid!

VIDA is currently working on three shipments of medical aid scheduled for September 2012.  VIDA and Gymboree are currently working on a shipment in October 2012 slated to arrive in late November in time for the holiday season.

If your company is in a position to sponsor a container - please give us a call to discuss the details.

Thank you all for your on-going support. You are making a difference!

Sep 11, 2012

The need and support for this VIDA project has grown beyond imagination!

Hello donors!

We have great news to report - And - turns out we have an anonymous donor willing to match your donations!

If you simply enroll as a recurring donor - for as little as $5-10 a month for example. Your donation will be doubled!

This is the case for all of our Global Giving projects - Peru, Chile and Haiti. We hope this motivates you!

Meanwhile:

Two jammed packed containers carrying over $6 million in aid cleared customs and arrived at VIDA Peru’s warehouse in July 2012. The first container carried medical supplies and equipment to benefit the numerous hospitals and clinics operating throughout greater Lima.  These clinics serve some of the poorest people in the country including the shantytown’s such as Pamplona located in the barren mountains surrounding Lima. The value of the shipment exceeded $1,000,000 and included basic medical supplies, vitamins and exam tables.

In collaboration with Gymboree Corp., VIDA shipped a second container of brand new children clothing manufactured by Gymboree. The shipment contained 250,000 garments, footwear and bedding with a value in excess of $5 million. VIDA Peru is in the process of distributing the donations to 30 institutions serving Peru’s most impoverished citizens including hospitals, clinics, orphanages and schools who will serve over 100,000 people.  A part of the Gymboree donation will benefit the orphanage La Sagrada Familia, which is home to over 800 orphans.  

This donation was also made possible by the generous support of Otis McAllister (otismac.com) a San Francisco based company that underwrote all transportation costs for these two shipments.  Coupled with the donations from the Global Giving community to offset the import fees, tens of thousands o f children are dressed in warm clothing this cold winter season.

Your Global Giving donations make it possible to deliver the containers to Peru. Last year we shipped 41 containers to Latin America. Our goal this year is 50. We are capable of delivering 70+containers of supplies but must raise the funds for each container. Delivery of the containers cost about $7,500 based on shipping and import fees. On average, for every $1 donated, VIDA sends over $150 in aid!

VIDA is currently working on three shipments of medical aid scheduled for September 2012.  VIDA and Gymboree are currently working on a shipment in October 2012 slated to arrive in late November in time for the holiday season.

If your company is in a position to sponsor a container - please give us a call to discuss the details.

Thank you all for your on-going support. You are making a huge difference!

 

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