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.
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