Sep 16, 2020

A New Era In Venezuela with COVID-19

New Staff Members Open SAI's Medical Clinic.
New Staff Members Open SAI's Medical Clinic.

If you think your life has changed in America and the UK since the COVID-19 pandemic, you should see what’s happening in Venezuela.

As I am sure you know, SAI has a rich history of delivering nutritious meals to patients in local Venezuelan hospitals. We’ve always been welcome, but due to the virus, all that has come to a full STOP.

New Rules About COVID-19 in Venezeulan Hospitals

With the failing medical system being pushed to the breaking point, the government has decided not to allow any humanitarian aid to hospital patients. This new rule is enacted by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 Clinic Opening

As you may know from our previous reports, we’ve converted the first floor of our SAI headquarters in Venezuela to a medical clinic.

This medical clinic is providing  primary medical care to children and orphans to include medical examinations, testing and medications. We are reallocating our resources from the hospitals to the clinic to help children in need of medical care. The clinic is fully operational with two medical doctors and one full time receptionist. 

Doctor gives medical exam to young orphan boy.
Doctor gives medical exam to young orphan boy.
Medical team examines orphan girl's tonsils.
Medical team examines orphan girl's tonsils.
SAI medical Doctor examines orphan girl's ears.
SAI medical Doctor examines orphan girl's ears.
Sep 8, 2020

Venezuela: Saving Abandoned Pets Lives

SAI Volunteers care for Abandoned
SAI Volunteers care for Abandoned

SAI Supports 11 Animal Shelters Caring for 257 Dogs & 65 Cats

As of this time, SAI with the help of A&G is providing food and medicine for 322 animals.

We support 11 independent animal shelters throughout the state of Carabobo, Venezuela. 

Many of these domestic pets come to these shelters from families that can no longer afford to feed and take care of their animals. Others are brought to us as “street rescues” with no home, no food, and no one to care for them. 

Pictures Featuring Rescued Dogs

These images are something you can be proud of as they show the gratitude of our team experience from your generous donations.

Guard Dog ProtectsWatchman FromPoisonous Snake

Security guards make their rounds at a local university with a brave dog named Blondie.

Blondie the Snake Killer

One day while making the rounds, a poisonous snake coiled up to strike the guard. To his amazement, Blondie gave notice of the snake with loud barks and quick movements. Just as the snake leaped to bite the guard, Blondie stepped in front of the guard and was bitten on his ear.

Within minutes Blondie killed the snake. First aid was performed. Upon recovery, his left ear remained lifeless and floppy while his other ear was full and erect.

According to Professor Maria, Blondie is now a legend at the university and is beloved by the entire security team and the faculty of Economic Sciences.

SAI Volunteers give recent rescue a bath!
SAI Volunteers give recent rescue a bath!
Everyone loves to feed the dogs! It's the best!
Everyone loves to feed the dogs! It's the best!
Staff & Volunteers give medical care to rescues.
Staff & Volunteers give medical care to rescues.
Sep 7, 2020

Life Gets Tougher for Venezuelan Orphans

Life Gets Tougher for Venezuelan Orphans

Over the past two years, we have supported four different orphanages in Venezuela. Just last month, we added a fifth. But things have changed making food deliveries more difficult.

SAI Adapts to Difficult Situations

There is presently a lockdown every other week in Venezuela. With the combination of the lockdown-curfew and soaring fuel prices, we’ve made a few changes to our operations that allow us to adapt more readily to daily life in Venezuela

First Change: Gas Jumps to $8 per Gallon

The first change is that we’ve purchased a new/used pickup truck to help us continue to provide food deliveries for our local orphanages, hospitals, and animal shelters. This is extremely important because gasoline is now just over $8 per gallon. The skyrocketing price of gas makes it incredibly expensive for us to make our regular food deliveries.

Converted to Natural Gas

Since Venezuela is now getting its gasoline from Iran, the street price tops $8 per gallon. One of our top engineers suggested that with a slight modification of this truck, we could shift our consumption from gasoline to natural gas. This shift is a big deal because natural gas costs only a few pennies per gallon. Not only that, natural gas is a fuel that burns more cleanly than gasoline and diesel. We made the conversion to natural gas.

SAI is not only saving money on fuel but also limiting the carbon footprint of its vehicle use by converting the engine from gasoline to natural gas. This vehicle allows SAI to be more efficient in providing for the poor and needy Venezuelans who have only what we can provide for them. You make a huge difference in the lives of these children, hospital patients, and abandoned pets.

Second Change

The second change is that we’ve shifted food deliveries to include more dry foods like arepa mix, cornflower, rice, beans, eggs, pasta, and now sardines. The kids need the protein and the omega-3s they get from eating sardines. Sometimes the younger children struggle to eat the sardines, but after a few meals, they adjust and actually like them!

This menu shift allows us to continue to provide vital nutritional support for these underprivileged children.

Our new/used truck runs great with 80,000 km.
Our new/used truck runs great with 80,000 km.
All have personal protective masks for Covid-19.
All have personal protective masks for Covid-19.
 
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