As some of you know I’ve been to Colombia a few times recently, and, like anyone else who has been there knows, it is a truly beautiful, magical place. On my second trip to Colombia I bought a Spanish newspaper to read on the plane and a tiny article caught my eye. It spoke about an orphanage in Venezuela, next to Colombia, that is sadly closing its doors on children as it is full to the brim and unable to take any more children in due to the economic crisis that has been going on there since 2014.
The situation in Venezuela right now is disastrous. Due to high inflation rates the cost of living is extortionate and even people who have work are struggling to afford basics like bread and milk.
Poverty-stricken parents are being forced to place their children in orphanages or worse still, abandon them on the streets if they can’t find somewhere for them to stay. Children are literally starving, poverty is at its highest and child mortality rates are heartbreaking high.
Since learning more about the situation I managed to get in touch with a Colombian lady called Vera who lives in Venezuela, who is a seamstress by trade and also works for a religious organization called New Canaan International Assemblies of God.
The organisation is helping to feed the starving children and their families once a week. They commenced with around 50 children and now they have over 90. Vera also crosses over to Colombia on a monthly basis to obtain expired medication to help the sick. I asked Vera how much it costs to feed a child daily for 1 month and she informed me it costs around 10 Euros.
I have already sent some funds over to help the Venezuelan children of this village to ensure they are fed once a day rather than once a week, but without your help and support this will soon end and they will have to revert to feeding the children once a week again.
I am writing to you all today to ask you to kindly donate whatever you can to this cause. I am visiting Vera and the children in July, to help out further and see what progress is being made and I know that with our help, we can save a few lives, for the children of the future.Here are some pictures from Vera’s village with the children we are helping and news links to the current crisis in Venezuela.
Thank you so much in advance.