The need and support for this VIDA project has grown beyond imagination!
By Adam See - Executive Director
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!
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!
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