We at Healing Venezuela continue to work on our programmes and below you will see a summary of what we did during the first quarter of this year.
We continued with our food programme for low-income families in Caracas and in Guaraunos, a village in Sucre state. During Q1, we have supported 730 people, of which 200 are children at risk of malnutrition. On a quarterly basis, our volunteers take anthropometric measurements to track the children's health and take corrective measurements if needed. In the communities where we operate, cases of severe malnutrition are less than 2%, while at a national level the percentage is 12%. This difference shows the positive impact of our programmes.
Because junior doctors play a crucial role in state hospitals, we have started 2022 with the same number of scholarships for junior doctors. During Q1 we donated $20 a month to each of 135 doctors, which makes a significant difference considering that the basic salary of a junior doctor is $5 per month.
We continued maintaining the three water-treatment plants we installed in hospital kitchens. We have also financed work to improve the water quality and distribution in other sections of the Hospital Materno Infantil de Caricuao: surgery, intensive care, and maternity ward.
Not surprisingly, it became clear that Venezuelans in the UK need help to deal with the emotional consequences of COVID and, more recently, Ukraine. We have not spent any money on these activities, but we have organised psychologists from Psicoconsultanos to talk about this topic. In addition, during Q1 we held business coaching sessions for our entrepreneurs of BuyVenezuelan, plus meditation sessions every other week, and free psychotherapy sessions. These activities were led and performed by volunteers.
Since last year, we have been working with the Office of International Migration of the United Nations (IOM-UN) and other Venezuelan NGOs to come up with better ways to work and collaborate with other humanitarian diaspora groups.
HOW WE DID IT
As the COVID restrictions started to loosen up, we have had several face-to-face fundraising events, including a very successful BuyVenezuelan Pop-up. We have been humbled by the amazing support we have received during such a difficult quarter: full-page ads in the METRO newspaper, legacy donations, contributions from foundations and companies. Thanks to all this, we have started the year well placed to face the challenges ahead. Inflation has hit Venezuela twice as hard as other countries and we are planning to increase the support we offer to our beneficiaries. We can't do any of this without the support of our very generous donors. To you all:MUCHAS GRACIAS!
According to the latest reports, more than 90% of the population in Venezuela is below the poverty line with three in every four Venezuelans living in extreme poverty. It's not a surprise that the number of Venezuelan refugees is second only to Syria. Healing Venezuela continues to concentrate its work on helping the most vulnerable in the country. We are also involved in projects sponsored by international bodies to increase the visibility and effectiveness of diasporas’ humanitarian efforts.
It's officially winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the greyness of the skies echoes the news of yet another global challenge. We hope to brighten up a little this season with the summary of what you helped us achieve this past year. Your support meant a lot to us and to the thousands of people who have a better life thanks to the work we do.
During Q3, despite the many challenges, Healing Venezuela has been able to continue supporting thousands of people in the country thanks to our donors, volunteers, doctors and partners on the ground who relentlessly work to help others. We were also very happy to have been shortlisted in 2 categories for the prestigious Charity Times Awards. Here is a summary of what we did this past quarter.
Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2021
A successful vaccination campaign in the UK is bringing hope that at some point life here will get back to normal. But the situation in Venezuela continues to be dire and the tide of refugees is creating even more stress to health systems in neighbouring countries.
Since our last report 3 months ago, in the UK, we are seeing the light at the end of the COVID19 tunnel. But the situation in Venezuela didn't improve. In fact, it got worse.
A very difficult year comes to an end and we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We at Healing Venezuela have many reasons to be grateful and positive about 2021 and would like to share with you what we could achieve thanks to your support.
Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2020
The challenges of the pandemic around the world continue and have only made things worse in Venezuela. Of the total deaths there, 33% are health professionals. Malnutrition has also worsened in the country. Because of this, during Q3 we mainly focussed on delivering PPE to health centres and on continuing and expanding our food programmes.
These have been very challenging times and our operations have been significantly affected. We have taken the opportunity to review our projects and to identify better ways to execute them.
The peak of the Covid-19 in Venezuela could take place between June and September 2020, according to a study recently published by the Venezuelan Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
It's difficult to grasp the scale of the change we have been going through in the last few months. The new challenge imposed by Covid-19 will test yet again the impoverished and defenceless Venezuelan population.
On February 26th at the Virgin Money Haymarket Lounge in London we had our Annual General Meeting where we discussed our results for 2019 and our goals for 2020.
2019 was a fantastic year at Healing Venezuela with income growth of 40% and a corresponding increase in the support we can give to Venezuela. As ever, we are truly grateful for the generosity of our donors.
During the summer Healing Venezuela continued working and have some good news to share. Read the summary of what we have achieved thanks to your support.
Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2019
Although the political conditions in Venezuela continue to be uncertain, we’ve had a very successful quarter thanks mostly to our donors and our Venezuelan partners.
The news from Venezuela is bad and not getting any better. Refugees have overwhelmed the region's neighbours, blackouts have produced more disruptions and deaths, and the political scene -which seemed clearer at the beginning of the year- is as confusing as ever.
On the 15th of January at the Royal College of Surgeons in London we had our AGM where we presented 2018 results. It was a very exciting opportunity to meet old and new friends and to share with them our achievements and the challenges we face in 2019 both in Venezuela and in the UK.
At the end of a very successful year at Healing Venezuela, we are humbled by all the support and solidarity we have received from so many of you. Too many to mention in a short email.
At the end of the third quarter, Venezuela continues its downward spiral, but international pressure is mounting and the Government is starting to show some signs of openness to foreign aid. As always, we hope that the country will recover soon.
As you might have read in the press and social media, at the end of the second quarter of 2018, the news from Venezuela is alarming. Our families and friends there are struggling to cope with the crisis and the less fortunate are facing the worse humanitarian crisis that our country has ever had. We, at Healing Venezuela, are determined to make a difference and here is a summary of what we have achieved to in the second quarter of 2018.
We had a successful first quarter, both from a fundraising point of view and because we achieved our objectives.
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