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. It was also a good opportunity to meet a group of our supporters.
The situation in Venezuela continues to be dire and the health system is unable to deliver proper care to its citizens. In response to this and thanks to be the support of our donors, our organisation has grown, covering more areas and including our 50+ ambassadors and volunteers.
In terms of our presence in Venezuela, our help reaches now 15 states through our 23 local partners and our 11 programmes. We also had the opportunity to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis Venezuela is suffering. We welcomed our group of volunteers in Lyon, France, who have been very active in collecting medical supplies and working tirelessly to develop our area of influence. We took the first steps to open a branch in Spain and were recognized for our transparency with the Charity Clarity Award as Start Up of the Year. It was in all a truly exceptional year!
None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our donors and the support of an amazing group of people, among them:
Ivette Landino, Angie Said Hernández and José Ramón Betancourt,
Hernán Atencio and Venenin
Mary Afonso and Roger Rodriguez from Lonbox Express
Daniel Márquez from The Big Issue Foundation
Jill Forgham from the LATA Foundation
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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.
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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