During Q2, Healing Venezuela has been able to continue with the core programmes, helping thousands of people. Grateful thanks to our supporters, volunteers and especially our doctors and partners on the ground, the superheroes who continue to work tirelessly to help others. Here is a summary of what we did this past quarter.
MEDICAL SUPPLIES - COVID19
Despite the challenges posed by COVID19, and the scarcity of fuel and medicines, we continued to deliver medical supplies and COVID19 PPE to health centres in different regions of Venezuela benefiting more than 800 people.
COVID19 has significantly increased the risk of malnutrition and for that reason, we have expanded our food programme to support more than 250 families with children at risk. We delivered 68,000 meals in a low-income parish in Caracas and a village in Sucre state. To track the impact of the programmes, we take measurements of the children on a quarterly basis and monitor their progress.
With a salary of $5 a month, (yes, $5 a month!) it's not surprising that many doctors have left the country. Since 2018, Healing Venezuela has had a scholarship programme for 125 junior doctors in different regions of the country. We pay $20 a month, which covers their basic needs. The work of junior doctors is crucial to maintain medical care in state hospitals. Worryingly, at times we have struggled to fill all the vacancies but by August we expect 125 doctors will be receiving our support.
Water quality in Venezuela is generally poor, and some hospital patients have died because of water-borne diseases. That is why we have installed water-treatment plants in the kitchens of 3 hospitals. But it's not enough to install them, we need to make sure they keep working. During Q2, we continued routine maintenance of the plants, which continued to deliver potable water to patients, hospital staff and visitors.
We were honoured to be invited by Canning House and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Venezuela to talk about conditions in the country. Many thanks to Andrew Lewer MP and Ms Cristina Cortes, CEO at Canning House, for their commitment and support.
We continued working with the UN and various international NGOs to develop a framework for involving diasporas in humanitarian responses.
HOW WE DID IT
As a charity run by volunteers, we continue to be amazed by the support we receive not only in the UK but from other parts of the world. Highlights in Q2 include a Mother's Day fundraising concert in Germany and some lovely gift messages from Venezuelan celebrities. And of course, we have many volunteers in Venezuela who distributed medical supplies, built open-air ovens for their local community, prepared meals and much more.
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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