A Note From Our Chairman: Rupert Pennant-Rea

As we look back at 2017, Healing Venezuela has had a year of unexpected growth and unwavering support. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers and despite months of political turmoil in Venezuela, we sent more than one tonne of medical supplies, from bandages to ultrasound machines. We bought vital medical equipment and have funded HIV and cancer diagnostic exams for low-income patients. One of our most successful initiatives, the stress management programme, has reached 251 hospital staff and patients. During 2017 we have also been approached by large institutions, both in the UK and internationally to partner with them. We are grateful for the enthusiastic support and sense of fun of our volunteers and we hope you will continue with your marvellous work in 2018.

Rupert Pennant-Rea

Waste Not Wasted

We started collecting unwanted but still reusable medical supplies donated by medical institutions in the UK. We are working now with five surgeries, two hospitals and two emergency services in the UK. In Caracas, the capital, we have sent the donated supplies to three hospitals in Caracas, JM de los Rios, Algodonal and Clínico Universitario. We have also started to help three clinics in remote parts of Vargas and Guárico states.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousands Words

"A picture is worth a thousand words". To prove that the material arrives, we ask institutions in Venezuela we support to send pictures and letters of acknowledgement. Sometimes, we send UK newspapers that don't circulate in Venezuela and we ask recipients to feature then in the photographs of the supplies they have received. Without this verification, we tell institutions that they will not receive any more supplies from us.

​Bought Medical Equipment

Over time, we have built strong relationships with some institutions, in those cases, we have bought specific medical equipment they requested. That happened with the children's hospital Ortopédico Infantil, a well-known and privately run institution that focuses on for low-income families. We plan to keep sending such medical supplies along with the boxes of recycled material. ​

Funding HIV And Cancer Tests

Considering that Venezuela was once a pioneer in Latin America in the treatment of HIV, there is now an unprecedented lack of information on the number of HIV patients and other sexually transmitted diseases. As the crisis deepens, expensive tests are becoming inaccessible, especially for low-income patients. We have partnered with a Venezuelan NGO, Fundacion Vida, to sponsor HIV and cancer tests, and plan to expand this programme.

Stress Management

Venezuela´s crisis has had a major impact on the mental health of its citizens. Doctors and nurses are badly affected as they work under enormous pressure. With the support of an international NGO, The Art of Living, we have delivered stress management programmes in 6 hospitals for 251 people. Early results are very encouraging.

How We Did It

Healing Venezuela has had a great first year. None of it would have been possible without the extraordinary enthusiasm of our volunteers who ran more than 1000 km, (some in places as remote as Bhutan), rode hundreds of km and danced endlessly at the rhythm of Zumba and Salsa. We have also had a remarkable response from donors, including some with no previous connection to Venezuela. To all of you, a big thank you. We are determined to live up to your trust in us and to carry on helping Venezuela.

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Third quarterly report

The summer is gone, and many things have changed globally. With the deaths of Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Gorbachev, the world has lost great minds and great hearts, but their legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.The war continues in Ukraine, and the markets are in turmoil. We all could do with some good news, and we would like to share ours hoping it will uplift your spirits somehow.


Second Quarterly Report 2022

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.


First quarterly report 2022

The changes we have seen in the last few weeks are very hard to come to terms with. The Ukrainian tragedy and its political consequences are hitting all of us hard and in different ways, and Venezuelans in the UK are joining initiatives that the generous British public is putting in place to alleviate the crisis. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering from this man-made disaster.


End of the Year Message

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.


Third Quarterly Report 2021

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.


Financial accounts for the first half of 2021

Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2021


Second quarterly Report

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.


First Quarterly Report

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.


End of the Year Message

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.


Financial Accounts for the first half of 2020

Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2020


Third Quarterly Report

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.


Second Quarterly Report 2020

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.


Covid-19 pandemic in Venezuela

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.


First Quarterly Report 2020

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.


AGM 2019

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.


Annual Report 2019

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.


Third Quarterly Report 2019

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.


Financial Accounts for the First half of 2019

Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2019


Second Quarterly Report 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.


Q1 2019 Healing Venezuela

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.


2018 Annual Report

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.


Quarterly Report Q3 / 2018

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.


Quarterly Report Q2 / 2018

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.​


A Good Start To 2018!

We had a successful first quarter, both from a fundraising point of view and because we achieved our objectives.

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