Malnutrition in Venezuela is one of the most serious risks reported by international organisations such as UNICEF and CARITAS. It is particularly dangerous in young children since it can have a long-lasting impact on their health. According to a recent report from the World Food Program, more than 9 million Venezuelans suffer from acute food-insecurity. Economic hardship has intensified due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Since 2018, we have been supporting two schools in a low-income neighbourhood in Caracas, called La Vega distributing monthly food baskets to the families of the children who attend the school which incentivises school attendance and at the same time prevents malnutrition. We are supporting 154 households - more than 700 people. The programme is managed by volunteers of the parish San Rafael Hurtado.
In 2019 we started a programme with Caritas de Venezuela in a rural village, Guaraunos, in Sucre state, offering breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack to 103 children at risk of malnutrition. One of our short-term goals is to extend this programme to more and older children.
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