History of VHP, Inc.
VHP was organized in 1979 after its president, Dr. Terry Schmunk, visited in Puerto Princessa, Palawan and the Philippines to investigate the unmet medical-dental needs of the refugees who had successfully crossed the South China Sea. As a result VHP donated medical and dental equipment for the refugee camp.
From 1979 to 1988, VHP was able to give short term mission opportunities to more than 70 VHP volunteers in action. From gifts, grants, contributions VHP was able to realize over 2 million US Dollars over the same time period.
From 1982 to 1988 the transformation from a basic health care clinic to a full service hospital was realized in the Palawan Adventist Hospital. Subsequent educational support was also realized on the Island of Palawan.
Beginning of VHP
Additional services and supplies were furnished to the Republic of China, Hong Kong, Micronesia, Northern India, New Guinea, East Indonesia, Malawi (Africa), as well as Mexico.
After the dedication of the Palawan Adventist Hospital in 1988, the VHP Board voted to table further projects until a future time. VHP volunteers in action have continued during the subsequent years in providing funds and service around the world.
Recently it was felt it was time to reinstate VHP as an active and viable charitable organization to assists in new and worthwhile projects. VHP has now been formed as a California Religious Corporation, has been granted status by the State of California as a tax-exempt charitable organization, and has IRS status as an IRC 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
Where VHP Has Served
VHP Legal Status