My first home Venezuela is going through a humanitarian crisis. And although there is little we can do to change the root cause, there is a lot we can do to help my people.
What is happening?
As some of you may or may not know, I was born in a little town at the northern tip of Venezuela. A once beautiful prosperous country that I had pleasure of experiencing before its total economic collapse.
Since moving to the states in 1998, I’ve slowly seen the country deteriorate and heard countless first hand stories of the downward spiral from the rest of my family that still lives there. But today Venezuela is in a state of emergency with both an economic and humanitarian crisis.
Although the country’s economic decline has been happenings for years (explained here), it’s safe to say that a corrupt government is bankrupting the country. This has caused food shortages, rampant inflation and a worthless currency, making it nearly impossible for the average Venezuelan to afford basic food or medicine.
The result is that thousands of Venezuelans are malnourished and facing starvation because they only have enough food for one meal a day or because they must ration food for their children. And this is not just reported by the news, but seen and experienced by my own family.
Why I am sharing this?
The reason I am writing about such a personal topic is because I need your help to help these families. And the first step to helping them is – Awareness. My family and I are spreading awareness on the Venezuelan crisis in order to gather send as much food and aid as possible to the country’s most needy.
Many people I know are unaware of the crisis in Venezuela, and honestly I don’t blame them. With so many tragedies happenings in the world today, Venezuela gets little to no coverage.
How to help?
Since the summer of 2016 my mom (kindly known as Abuela on this blog) has been diligently working to send aid boxes to Venezuela. These are large 40-70lbs boxes filled with non-perishable foods and medicine to our family and friends.
Over time, and as the situation has deteriorated, she has partnered with other families, friends and fellow Venezuelans living in the states, who want to help other families in need. Because of the growing demand, we have started a GoFundMe page called Aid for Venezuela.
The purpose of the Aid for Venezuela – GoFundMe page is to raise awareness and donations to continue shipping boxes to Venezuela. The money raised is used to buy basic non-perishable food and medicine, and pay the cost of shipping. The food will be shipped directly to individuals in the country who need the food, not to government officials, churches, or charities. That way the shipments are sure to go the people.
Along with our GoFundMe money raising efforts and numerous food drive events conducted by friends and partnering organizations, we have created the site VeneHope to share current updates on the situation in Venezuela. So feel free to follow along.
The Ultimate Goal.
Our ultimate goal is help people in need. Anything you can donate on GoFundMe is appreciated, not matter how small. If you would like to help but cannot donate funds, we ask for your help to share this message. Share this post or the GoFundMe link with friends, family or on any social media. The more awareness we can raise, the more help is possible.
This is a cause that is near and dear to me and my family. People I know and love are struggling to eat and survive, so from the bottom of my heart I thank you for anything that you can do to help.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
News post credit: The Guardian