Boxes of clothing delivered in March-April, 2023
In the month of February, 58 boxes of clothing, footwear, medicines and medical equipment arrived from the USA to Venezuela, distributed among the following states of the country: Barinas (8 boxes), Falcon (8 boxes), Distrito Capital (7 boxes), Bolivar (7 boxes), Maracaibo (22 boxes) and Portuguesa (6 boxes). The third medical-social day of the year is scheduled to take place in May, for this reason a total of 22 boxes have been alocated to be distributed in the different stations of the day.
The following are testimonies of people who benefited from the medical-social day held in February of this year in Tia Juana, Zulia state.
They are husband and wife Anthony Gutierrez and Guireima Perozo, together with their children Romina, 4 years old, Amalia, 2 years old and Mathias, 1 year old. They live in Tia Juana, Guireima shared with us: «I am very grateful because thank God and Hope for Venezuela Foundation, my children were vaccinated, attended by special dentists and received clothes and shoes in the Humanitarian Closet» thanks to the whole team.
My name is Mercedes Surmay, we are from Tia Juana. Together with my children Sandy and Samuel, we are grateful for all the help we have received from the Hope for Venezuela Foundation, especially not long ago, the medical social day that was a great blessing for my two children to have the opportunity to have their hair cut and receive clothes, and also for me to have my vaccinations and to receive clothes and shoes. My wish is that God will greatly bless this work that you do for the people.
Number of people attended by station:
Pharmacy Station: 141 people
Hairdressing Station: 53 people
Pediatrics Station: 69 people
Vaccination Station: 54 people
General Medicine Station: 75 people
Dentistry Station: 50 people
Humanitarian Closet Station: 186 people
Approximate total number of people benefited: 628
Children in low-income areas of Venezuela continue to suffer from acute malnutrition. This was stated by Lesbia Cortez, coordinator of Caritas Venezuela (NGO). Wasting or acute malnutrition is one of the most critical forms of malnutrition in early childhood, as it is associated with a high risk of mortality if cases are not properly identified and treated in a timely manner. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that by the end of 2022 in Venezuela nearly 9,000 children under 5 years of age were suffering from acute malnutrition.
A report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), issued in July 2022, revealed that Venezuela is the second country in Latin America with the second highest prevalence of hunger with about 22.9% of its population affected. This percentage was only surpassed by Haiti which ranked first in the list with 47.2 %. The UN affirms that 6.5 million Venezuelans suffer from hunger.
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