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.
In the meantime, we keep receiving desperate requests for help and it´s very hard for us to say no. We have decided to hire a part-time doctor in Venezuela: Andrés Ortiz will help us with the follow-up and monitoring of the projects. Dr Ortiz has proven to be a great ally by being our eyes on the ground.
This quarter we have started two new programmes. We often wonder if we shouldn´t focus on fewer projects. After all, we are a small charity, run by volunteers. Again, though, it´s hard to say no. In Venezuela, money goes a long way, which means we can reach more people even if at times we are overstretched. We also think that by diversifying our support, we reduce risks. Helping hospitals, health centres and NGOs in Venezuela is crucial for the future recovery of the health sector, and we want to add our grain of sand to the reconstruction of the country.
During the third quarter, we sent 800kg (of a total of 2,600kg in 2018) of medical supplies donated by GPs and hospitals in the UK. In partnership with a Spanish NGO, Ven Da Tu Mano, we have also had access to medicines. Our geographical coverage has expanded and we are now sending much needed help to: Distrito Capital, Vargas, Lara, Zulia, Merida, Apure, Táchira, Miranda, Nueva Esparta and Guárico states.
During this past quarter, we´ve trained over 300 people from all age groups and walks of life in stress management, meditation and breathing techniques. Since we started supporting the Venezuelan branch of The Art of Living, an international NGO, we have delivered these programmes to more than 1000 people.
During 2018, we have been working with ALAPLAF, a very successful NGO in Lara State to prevent teenage pregnancy. One of our beneficiaries is a 15 years-old girl with two children. The word spread around and now, not only Lara State and not only teenagers are asking for help. During the third quarter, we ramped up our support and sent 338 coils. We are also sending testing kits for HIV, Syphilis and pregnancy.
During the third quarter, we started working with Ven Da Tu Manoand Medicos por Venezuela, two Venezuelan overseas-based NGOs, to support postgraduate medical students. We started in July with a pilot for forty, and it has proved to be so successful that we are now supporting one hundred!
Malnutrition is an everyday tragedy in Venezuela and the most affected are the very young and very old. We have partnered with an international NGO, Aid For Aids, to support their “Salva Bebés” programme. We are supplying baby formula for one hundred babies, some them of them orphans
We are humbled by the support we keep receiving from people both inside and outside the UK. We had some amazing events, such as the Chocolate and Rum Festival sponsored by Ron Diplomatico. We also had runners, swimmers and hikers, street-food charity boxes collectors, as well as people who wanted their birthday present to be donations to Healing Venezuela. There too many of you to mention, but we know who you are. Thank you all for your support, and please keep Venezuela in your thoughts and hearts.
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.
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.
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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