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.
When COVID19 made it difficult to collect medical supplies from health centres in Europe, we looked for suppliers in Venezuela. After a selection process that included a cost comparison exercise and a pilot with different suppliers, we chose a vendor that guarantees excellent quality and good value for money. And, of course, we saved a lot on transport costs. In 2020, we were able to deliver more than 1 ton of vital supplies to 15 health centres mainly in rural areas.
We continued feeding 150 children at risk of malnutrition in poor areas of Venezuela. A major challenge during 2020 has been the scarcity of petrol and of domestic gas. But our volunteers on the ground have managed to find ways, even with the COVID19 restrictions, to keep feeding the children twice a day 5 days a week with just $15 per month. As the UN has alerted, Venezuela is one of the 4 countries at risk of famine, so our aim is to grow this programme in 2021.
Up to March 2020, more than 1,000 people, including children, were trained in mental wellbeing techniques. With the pandemic, we had to stop our face to face workshops. The new reality has posed new challenges. Isolation, losses, all contributed to an increase in mental problems around the world. This is why we continued to focus on this area, not with online meditations and conferences about how to handle anxiety, how to help children create a healthy relationship with the internet, how to face financial challenges amongst others.
Junior doctors are at the forefront of medical care in state hospitals in Venezuela. But they face huge challenges: scarce resources, long hours and now a high risk of infection with COVID19. The salary they receive is between $8 to $12 per month. This is why throughout 2020, we continued paying a monthly grant to124 doctors in five hospitals in Venezuela. We have also provided them with extra PPE to face the pandemic.
EQUIPMENT FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
In 2020 we continued maintaining the 3 water treatment plants we installed in hospitals, we repaired 2 vital medical equipment and we managed to ship an ultrasound machine and install it in a hospital in a rural area of the country. This programme is very efficient as we can positively impact the lives of thousands of people.
During the second half of the year, we could restart the pregnancy prevention programme donating 369 coils and the supplies to insert them, plus PPE for doctors and nurses. We hope to continue with this programme in 2021.
HOW WE DID IT
Yet again this year we were amazed and humbled by the level of support we received. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and generous donors, to significant donations from private companies and trusts, plus sports events, wardrobe sales, online quiz, concerts and pop-ups, we were able to help thousands of people in Venezuela. We are now registered in France and in the process of registering in Spain. For all these reasons we are very optimistic about the future.
We want to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy holiday season and a great 2021.
We leave you with this short video in the purest Venezuelan tradition!
HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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