Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley Disaster Relief

by Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance
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We thank you for your support as we continue to aid remote regions of Peru impacted by various natural disasters.

We are all familiar with the impact of El Nino on the weather patterns in the United States.  What many of us forget is that El Nino originates off of the coast of Peru.  Sadly, a strong El Nino reeks havoc on Peru's weather.  The region impacted the greatest is the Andean, including The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Ayacucho and Arequipa.  This year's El Nino has resulted in devestating flooding that has not only destroyed households and transportation routes, but has also destroyed agriculture.  The loss of housing, food and income will be putting a great stress on Peru's most vulnerable population.

To address the immediate issues of food insecurity and the coming cold mountain winter, VIDA is shipping 8 tons of soup which will be distriubted throughout the Andean region.  In addition, VIDA Peru will be including 2,000 care packages containing blankets and sweaters in collaboration with a Peruvian textile company. 

The shipment will also include medical supplies and equipment and over-the-counter cold medicine.  This shipment will be followed by two additional shipments in July 2016 carrying medical supplies and equipment.

ps - if anyone is living in the Bay Area and would like to volunteer sorting donations - check us out at vidausa.org.

Imagine the life change with a working wheelchair
Imagine the life change with a working wheelchair

Hello wonderful supporters of VIDA!

We thank you for the past and the future as we continue to aid remote regions of Peru impacted by various natural disasters.

In the spring the rivers rise and create all kinds of maladies and accidents in the Sacred Valley.

We work with a variety of hospitals and small clinics -  providing hospital beds, exam tables and other much needed equipment and supplies. We partner with Peru’s Ministry of Health and generous transportation and logistics by Otis McAllister Inc.to bring medical aid to benefit thousands of families in the region all year long.

Thank you for making this unique and impactful meidcal relief program possible through your donations.

Please consider providing monthly donations - even $10 a month goes along way in our programs.

Patti Mangan

VIDA BOARD MEMBER

ps - if anyone is living in the Bay Area and would like to volunteer sorting donations - check us out at vidausa.org.

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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.

VIDA Peru
VIDA Peru

VIDA continues to aid regions impacted by the various natural disasters that have hit Peru over the past decade. Recently. VIDA partnered with Peru’s Ministry of Health and the military to airlift medical aid to benefit thousands of families in the region of Tambo, Ayacucho. In addition to the medical supplies, VIDA has also shipped beds, exam tables, and over 50 office chairs to outfit the outdated hospitals. VIDA has also sent four containers to Arequipa to be distributed to Peru’s Altiplano that is home to alpaca herders.  The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com) 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. The containers are shipped to Lima and then trucked 8 hours to Arequipa. From Arequipa the remaining donations are then sent to Puno and finally the balance of the donations are dispersed throughout the Altiplano.  VIDA shipments total in excess of $2 million.

Medical Supplies Airlifted to Tambo Peru
Medical Supplies Airlifted to Tambo Peru

VIDA continues to aid regions impacted by the various natural disasters that have hit Peru over the past decade as well as the last vestiges of terrorism. Recently. VIDA partnered with Peru’s Ministry of Health and the military to airlift medical aid to benefit thousands of families in the region of Tambo, Ayacucho, which still is afflicted with terrorism. With the help of organizations like VIDA, the people of Tambo are fighting poverty and terrorism through their persistence. VIDA is also preparing to send two containers and one airlift to Arequipa to be distributed to Peru’s Antiplano that is home to alpaca herders.  The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com) and the non-profit group Queachua Benefits.  The program is being funded in part by a successful fundraiser and the support of Otis McAllister Inc. and Quinoa growers in the region. VIDA will be working with a variety of hospital and small clinics by providing hospital beds, exam tables and other equipment and supplies. The contents will be shipped to Peru’s southern port and then trucked to Arequipa.  Medical teams will then truck the aid to remote clinics in the Antiplano.  VIDA, in collaboration with Direct Relief International will also be airlifting over $500,000 in medicine to Arequipa.

VIDA Airlift
VIDA Airlift
 

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Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance

Location: Emeryville, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.vidausa.org
Project Leader:
Patti Mangan
Board of Directors Member
Emeryville, California United States

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