Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru

by Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru

This is a VIDA micro project helping HIV+ young mothers protect their newborns from infection. The work of the clinic is all volunteer and the financial support is needed for basic supplies.

This clinic support is one of 94 micro-clinics supported throughout Peru that VIDA provides medical supplies to on an ongoing basis year round as part of general operational support to over 200 clinics in Peru. VIDA now provides primarily basic medical supplies and equipment to these clinics rather than formula which is now supplied by a partner.

 The San Camilo Home (HSC), a non-profit founded in1995 n the largest cloister of an old convent of the Camillus Monks, for the purposes of accommodating, accompanying and attending to people with HIV/AIDS living in extreme poverty, encouraging a path to health where the value of life is given the greatest priority.

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Dear Friends of VIDA,

As 2010 comes to a close, VIDA wishes you a joyous holiday season. As we reflect on the past twelve months, and count our many blessings, we are mindful that our world has lived through a year of tremendous challenges and suffering. Devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti unleashed indescribable destruction upon these nations. And, as always, it is the poor who suffer most. However, in this time of need, we witnessed the boundless generosity of everyday people who answered the call to ease the pain and despair of their fellow human beings. This year, donors from the Global Giving community were vital in helping VIDA respond to the crises. We write you today, to thank you for your support, and to update you on our mission.

For hundreds of thousands of people living in poverty, VIDA is the embodiment of our nation’s philanthropic spirit. Because of the support from Global Giving donors, VIDA quickly responded to these emergencies by shipping containers to Haiti and Chile carrying over $9 million in medical aid. From bandages to surgical kits, wheelchairs to hospital beds, VIDA helped deliver lifesaving medical care to devastated communities such as Petit Goala in Haiti and Pichilemu in Chile. VIDA is currently working on implementing a long-term solution for rural communities in Haiti and Chile that have little, or no, healthcare infrastructure before or after the earthquakes. VIDA is an outstanding steward of your generosity. For every $1 you donated, VIDA sent $150 in life-saving medical aid.

In good times and in bad, access to healthcare remains a daily challenge confronting the poor in Latin America. Since our founding in 1991, VIDA has played an important role in bridging this gap. VIDA has shipped over 325 containers carrying over $450 million in aid and has diverted over 1,000 tons of viable medical supplies from landfills. In spite of the difficult economic environment, 2010 is shaping up to be a record year for VIDA. We are on pace to send 32 containers carrying over $35 million in aid to projects in Latin America.

VIDA Peru is an inspiring example of our commitment to serve communities long after a disaster has struck. In 2010, VIDA Peru has distributed supplies and equipment to over 250 institutions throughout Peru’s 12 regions. Of special note is Puente de VIDA which provides free primary medical care and education to Peru’s most remote communities in the Amazon, Andes, and Coastal Deserts through our mobile clinics. This year, Puente de VIDA served a record 24 communities, up from 16 in 2009. For many of our clients, this was their first access to healthcare.

In addition, VIDA ships fresh baby formula and medical supplies to Hogar San Camilo, a clinic in Lima, with a wing devoted to caring for late term HIV positive teenagers.

To build on our successes, the VIDA Board is setting the bar even higher. We have an ambitious goal of shipping 40 containers in 2011 and 50 in 2012.

The mission of VIDA honors the dignity of every individual. No child should suffer because they cannot afford to have a wound properly bandaged. No elderly person should have to convalesce on a broken cot because there is no hospital bed. No human being should die because they cannot afford basic medical care. We are exceedingly grateful to all of our supporters who have so generously given their time, talents, and treasures to help VIDA bring healthcare to impoverished people in Latin America.

We hope that you will continue to join us in helping to bring the gift of VIDA to those in greatest need.

Sincerely,

Haydee Rodriguez-Pastor                                                       Adam G See

President                                                                                 Executive Director

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This is a micro VIDA project helping HIV+ young mothers protect their newborns from infection. The work of the clinic is all volunteer and the financial support is needed for basic supplies.

This clinic support is one of 94 micro-clinics supported throughout Peru that VIDA provides medical supplies to on an ongoing basis year round. Though it is not a headline disaster - it is a day to day need. In addition to baby formula VIDA is providing basic medical supplies and equipment.

The San Camilo Home (HSC), a non-profit founded in1995 n the largest cloister of an old convent of the Camillus Monks, for the purposes of accommodating, accompanying and attending to people with HIV/AIDS living in extreme poverty, encouraging a path to health where the value of life is given the greatest priority.

We are grateful to all the donors. If you could please share this project with one friend we can get closer to our project goal.

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Mother and child in the clinic plaza
Mother and child in the clinic plaza

Thank you for wonderful support of this micro project helping HIV+ young mothers feed their newborns. The work of the clinic is all volunteer and the financial support makes a huge difference. This clinic support is one of 94 micro-clinics supported throughout Peru that VIDA provides medical supplies to on an ongoing basis.

The San Camilo Home (HSC), a non-profit founded in1995 n the largest cloister of an old convent of the Camillus Monks, for the purposes of accommodating, accompanying and attending to people with HIV/AIDS living in extreme poverty, encouraging a path to health where the value of life is given the greatest priority.

We are grateful to all the donors. If you could share this project with one friend we can get closer to our project goal.

Gracias!

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Thank you Global Giving Givers. Your support has been wonderful. We have shipped to Peru and Ecuador in the past few months. Your dollars are doing more than feeding babies. They are saving lives.

In addition our dedicated staff and local volunteers have spent the first week post the HAITI earthquake collecting, sorting and stacking donated medical supplies - delivering today - MLK DAY - the first 30 pallets destined for Haiti.

An approximate estimate of $550,000 value of the surgical supplies the doctors and nurses are so desperately in need of.

THANK YOU volunteers - your energy is amazing. Here on this sixth day we are hearing of survivors being pulled from the rubble. Our hearts and hopes go out to all those in Haiti - survivors and volunteers!

And a HUGE thank you to over 160 Global Giving philanthropists who have given to VIDA so far! Please feel free to give us feedback!

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Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance

Location: Berkeley, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Patti Mangan
Board of Directors Member
Emeryville, CA United States
$6,051 raised of $15,000 goal
 
131 donations
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