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Elisabeth has spent the better part of a decade committed to helping VIDA children through education and empowerment.
Drew Vogt, Board Director
Drew has spent a lifetime working on humanitarian causes around the world that focus on building communities.
VIDA. was founded in 2001 by Elisabeth Tatum to improve the lives of orphans in Oaxaca, Mexico. We are dedicated to improving their lives while in grade school, and later helping them break the cycle of poverty by offering education leading to self-sustaining careers. We empower students by offering education,
mentoring, tutors, food, clothes, school supplies, and most importantly -- emotional support.
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Breaking the cycle of poverty through education, empowerment and emotional support.
In 2012, VIDA moved our base of operations to San Francisco, California! See our Contact page for our new mailing address. V.I.D.A.’s new President, Drew Vogt, has been actively collaborating with our founder Elisabeth Tatum on V.I.D.A. projects for almost five years. Elisabeth is remaining on the Board as a valued Adviser and will continue to work closely with "our boys." This Summer will be record breaking with five of our Board Directors visiting Oaxaca, at their own expense, to experience the needs of the orphans first-hand.
Drew Vogt's Story: Vogt became involved in 2007 when he learned of Elisabeth's work, then visited the Oaxacan orphanage for his first time in 2008. He says "the turning point in my life" was when he walked into the orphanage's pantry, which should feed fourteen boys a day, and saw there was hardly any food in it! "From that moment on, I realized how blessed I was, and that I could-- and would make a difference." Since then, he has worked year round collecting supplies and sponsorships for the boys. Each Summer he works in Oaxaca learning about the orphans' needs, leading them on cultural tours, buying school supplies, and more.
Vogt brings to us many years of experience with international humanitarian projects, in countries as varied as Nepal, Tibet, and Mexico. Known for networking, Vogt connects various communities to help those who deserve a hand up. Two examples of such teamwork in 2011, is, on behalf of V.I.D.A.'s orphans he enlisted the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry, to donate over seventy toothbrushes, and coordinated with several faith-based communities to sponsor a total of 27 years worth of room, board, and education for the young students leaving the orphanage seeking higher education.
New Positions are now open for Directors and Advisors to work closely with Vogt and Tatum. We are actively seeking caring persons as we expand our work and continue to make a difference!