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.
Apr 18, 2013

$1.5 million of Aid arrives in Cuzco!

Cuzco
Cuzco

We are excited to announce that VIDA shipped $1.5 million in aid to our projects in Cuzco Peru in April 2013.  A portion of these donations benefited our new partner clinic in Cuzco called Policlinico Belen, operated my nuns who are caring for single mothers and orphans.  This project is also supported by doctors affiliated with USCF Medical School who visit the site two times a year as well as hundreds of boxes of medical supplies.  VIDA has equipped the clinic with 20 hospital beds, 6 exam tables and other needed equipment and supplies.  VIDA is re-supplying the clinic twice a year.

 In addition VIDA is launching a new initiative that will benefit impoverished individuals who work in the Alpaca industry.  The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com) along with Napa Valley’s first lady of the wine industry Margrit Mondavi.  A fundraising event will be held at the Mondavi Winery in October 2013.

 It is your generous support that makes these projects possible.  VIDA remains a responsible steward of your generosity by shipping $175 of aid for every $1 donated in 2012.   All donations will go to covering the cost of shipments.  Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!

Apr 18, 2013

$4.5 million in aid arrives in Lima!

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia

Four ocean containers and one airlift carrying over $4.5 million in aid arrived in Peru in March 2013.  The three containers were filled to capacity with hospital beds, exam tables, wheelchairs, surgical kits along with thousand of boxes of much needed medical supplies.

These donations will be distributed to over 40 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV. This donation will benefit tens of thousand of patients who are too poor to be able to receive medical treatment.  La Comunidad de Ninos Sagrada Familia in Ventanilla, Peru is receiving one of the containers and will receive a portion of the antibiotic shipment.  This orphanage houses and educates over 800 children ranging in age from birth to 16 years old.  VIDA is committed to serving the long-term needs of the orphanage as well as helping to alleviate the immediate suffering of the children who are fighting infection due to poor sanitation and other risk factors associated with poverty.

 We are also excited to announce that four shipments are leaving our warehouse in Emeryville carrying valuable medical supplies and equipment in May 2013.  This will benefit tens of thousands of people suffering in Peru.  VIDA is working hard to surpass our 24 shipments in 2012 and have set a goal of shipping 30 containers in 2013.  This incredible program would not be possible without your support!

Dec 13, 2012

Record Year for Shipments to Peru in 2012!

VIDA Clinic
VIDA Clinic

We are excited to announce that in 2012, VIDA has distributed over $25 million in aid to Peru to support our 200 plus healthcare partners.  VIDA is shipping out three containers later this month and our partners Americares and Direct Relief each sent one container to our projects including our work with the earthquake impacted area.  With these shipments, VIDA Peru will also be resupplying Project Pamplona, which provides critical medical and nutrition services and education to shantytowns in the barren mountains surrounding Lima.  VIDA has installed five pre-fab medical dispensaries that serve a population of up to 10,000 people.

These donations will also benefit our new partner clinic in Cuzco called Policlinico Belen, operated my nuns who are caring for single mothers and orphans.  This project is also supported by doctor’s affiliated with USCF Medical School who visit the site two times a year.  VIDA has equiped the clinic with 10 hospital beds, 4 exam tables and other needed equipment and supplies.  VIDA will resupply the clinic twice a year.

It is your generous support that makes these projects possible.  VIDA remains a responsible steward of your generosity by shipping $175 of aid for every $1 donated in 2012.   All donations will go to covering the cost of shipments.  Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!

 
   

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