Vidas in Action

Vidas is dedicated to serving communities in both the United States and Mexico through two branches: education and healthcare. We believe that education and healthcare are the fundamental tools to build a better life.  Our programs increase opportunities for community members to unite and bring positive changes to these two areas. If you take care of your neighbors, everyone will do better in the long run.  Our projects are as follows:

Medical Help to North Carolina
Vidas is proud to announce the opening of a free medical clinic in Siler City, North Carolina.  This clinic is being sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A special thanks to Dr. Dykers for graciously allowing us to use his facilities for our clinic.  We would also like to thank Greg Vassie, a local pharmacist who has generously donated all of the medication needed to run the clinic.  Additionally, LabCorp has recently partnered with Vidas to provide laboratory studies to our patients.  This service will allow our physicians to better serve our patients.  Our first clinic was held on January 28, 2012.  Two physicians managed to treat nearly 60 patients and we gave out 200 pairs of New Balance shoes!  Since then, Vidas has held successful clinics each month and we are aggressively pursuing grants to expand the scope of our services.  In particular, we are looking to outfit our clinic so that we may provide dental services to our patients.
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The Cultural Center at El Tablon
Members of El Tablon, a community of 400 people, approached Vidas with the invitation to join them in building a cultural center.  Vidas provided the building materials while the community members provided manual labor to build the center, therefore making it a physical example of the comradery between the two groups. The center now serves as a resource for children of the community who, after middle school, have no opportunities to further their education. The center provides instruction for these children in traditional subjects such as crafts, woodworking and the use of medicinal herbs.  We hope to also include instruction in English, computer skills, reading and writing, hygiene, leadership skills and tutoring in school subjects.

The Milk and Eggs Program
Without decent protein and nutrition from milk and eggs, two food staples, children go to school hungry.  If hungry, their academic performance and ability learn are minimal.  Vidas’s milk and eggs program provides 53 families in the town of Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, with four liters of milk and a half dozen eggs weekly. Every family in the program has at least two children under the age of 12 who are enrolled in school.  Ninety percent are single-parent families (the majority are single-mother) and the average income is $20 USD a week.  The cost to feed a family is literally a few dollars a month and we are always looking to expand the number of families sponsored.

Clinics
In August of 2008, Vidas began conducting week-long medical clinics in the community of El Tablon with the help of physicians sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Every three months, UNC Hospitals sends doctors with Vidas to run free clinics in El Tablon and other rural parts of Hidalgo.  We are looking to expand upon the scope of services provided and are raising $60,000 to build a second floor on Cultural Center.  The second floor will include dormitories for volunteers and dedicated patient exam rooms.  For more information on Vidas-run clinics, please read A Word From Our Leading Physician.

The Reading Program
The reading program is available to Latino students in the Greensboro, N.C. public schools. This program focuses on children, most of whom are immigrants, who are struggling with reading and writing in English. Vidas is developing a program to work with Latino students and their parents at the same time; to work to  educate students about higher education while empowering parents to get involved in their children’s education.

Future Projects
As a result of our programs, Vidas has received a lot of exposure and more communities are approaching us for help.  In particular, we were asked to hold a clinic in Durham and did so on July 21, 2012.  We are always looking to expand the scope of services we provide to the community, so please contact us if we may be of assistance to your community.