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Jan 24, 2020

Keeping Venezuelan Zoo Animals in Danger of Extinction Alive

SAI Zoo Monkeys Share Mango Lunch
SAI Zoo Monkeys Share Mango Lunch

There is a lack of care among the Venezuelan population when it comes to the preservation of animals who are in danger of extinction.

This is most prevalent in public and private zoos and animal refuges in Venezuela. For example, SAI supports a refuge that is taking care of a family of endangered monkeys. 

The population of our monkeys should have increased to 16, but the mother of the newborn died. A visitor tried to steal the newborn baby monkey and in the process harmed the mother resulting in her death.

Increase Security To Protect Rare Animals

This situation proves the necessity for increased security for the animals. We can utilize additional funding to enhance security at our facilities for zoo animals. We plan on helping the zoos with additional fences to protect the monkeys and surrounding wildlife.

With our program, we have had the joy of helping a variety of wild animals providing nutritious foods that improve the health of each one of them. Here are some of the zoo animals we are currently supporting:

38 Different Species

Our field team has difficulty translating different types of species into English, but here is their best effort at a list of rare reptiles we currently care for: 

  • Boa litmus,
  • Albino Burmese Python
  • Sleepy Boa
  • Boa Arboricola
  • Babo morichalero
  • Fake coral
  • Fake Mexican Coral
  • Plain coral
  • Cayman of glasses
  • Velvet
  • Tigra butterfly
  • Reticulated python
  • Madagascar Boa
  • Curacao rattlesnake
  • Black rattlesnake
  • Rattlesnake
  • Common Rattlesnake
  • Mapanare
  • Mapanare Rabo fried
  • Sail chameleon
  • Dipsadine snakes
  • Paraguan tarantula
  • Mining toad
  • Tigra jacket
  • Mapururua
  • Morrona
  • green Iguana
  • Slots
  • Lora basket
  • Yellow-headed Tiger Python
  • Blood python
  • Python ball, Anaconda
  • Morrocoy
  • Leopard gecko
  • Fake mapanare
  • Real kill
  • Orinoco crocodile
  • Paraguayan Boa

Providing Food to Wild Animals

During September, October, November, and December we provided the following sustainable foods to alleviate hunger in zoos, refuges, and sanctuaries for wild animals.

  • Bananas
  • Papaya
  • Plantain
  • Watermelon
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Eggs
  • Protein
  • Dog Food
  • Milk

SAI is A Guardian Angel

At SAI we want to sincerely thank you for helping us rescue these zoo animals. We also extend a huge thank you to A & G Animal Assistance Fund for providing substantial funding to rescue these endangered animals.

Many people claim that we are a “guardian angel” for abandoned zoo animals in Venezuela. We appreciate their kind words, but we know that people like you and A & G are the real heroes in this continuing crisis in Venezuela. 

Your Generosity Is Saving These Animals

Our staff and volunteers are grateful because without your donations many of these rare creatures would simply die of starvation and disease. Due to your generosity, a beautiful array of zoo animals and reptiles are happy, well-nourished, and healthy!

SAI Zoo Keeper Affectionately Feeds Adult Monkey
SAI Zoo Keeper Affectionately Feeds Adult Monkey
SAI Zoo Keeper Carefully Handles Albino Snake
SAI Zoo Keeper Carefully Handles Albino Snake
SAI Zoo Monkey Takes Time For Fruit Lunch Break
SAI Zoo Monkey Takes Time For Fruit Lunch Break
Rare Venezuelan Reptiles Protected at Refuges
Rare Venezuelan Reptiles Protected at Refuges
Rare Venezuelan Turtle at Animal Refuge Center
Rare Venezuelan Turtle at Animal Refuge Center
Jan 14, 2020

Helping Venezuelan Refugees Build A New Life

Venezuelan Refugees Crossing River into Colombia
Venezuelan Refugees Crossing River into Colombia

Dear Donors,

We have some great news! We are beginning construction on our new facility in Colombia at the beginning for the new year.

5,000 Venezuelans Migrate to Colombia Everyday

As you may know, there is a problem on the border of Colombia and Venezuela  caused by the mass exodus of Venezuelan refugees seeking a better life. 

It is estimated that already 1.3 million Venezuelans are currently living in Colombia with an additional 5,000 crossing the border daily. The reason for this migration is because of uncontrolled inflation, violence, and political corruption in Venezuela.

We Go Where Help Is Needed Most

South American Initiative (SAI) is the only U.S. based 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization -- besides the Red Cross -- that provides large scale humanitarian aid for Venezuela. 

That’s why SAI is creating a facility in Colombia for the purpose of helping Venezuelan refugees escape their country and start again with a new life in Colombia. We need your help to make this become reality.

SAI Builds Refugee Transition Facility

Our goal is to provide the essentials for starting a new life in a new country. SAI knows these displaced Venezuelan migrants are starving for food and many need medical care, but more importantly, they need an opportunity to build a new life.

Just recently, SAI has partnered with Cripto Conserje, who specializes in crypto currency. Cripto Conserje donated the land for the SAI facility in Colombia. 

Promoting Financial Literacy

Cripto Conserje will utilize the SAI Refugee Transition Facility to conduct educational classes teaching basic financial literacy and how to make transactions using cryptocurrency. This makes sense because many Venezuelans do not have access to banking, credit, or the ability to purchase food, services, and merchandise.

This facility will help provide food, shelter, and medical care for new arrivals. It will also require those receiving assistance beyond a few days to earn their keep by performing assigned jobs at the center. 

Starting a New Life in a New Country

The Colombian government recognizes that mismanaged immigration can quickly become a drain on local economies, and that an injection of skilled workers can be an asset to help boost the economy. The Colombian governmnent welcomes our new Refugee Transition Centre because they know it will not only benefit Venezuelans, but also the local Colombian communities.

Providing Food & Medicine

To help resolve this crisis, SAI is providing desperately needed food, clean drinking water, shelter, medicine, and essential medical care to help displaced families, children, and individuals who find their only option is to leave Venezuela. 

South American Initiative’s Cucuta, Colombia Facility.

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The facility sits on 1,000 square meters within walking distance of the Venezuelan/Colombian border. Refugees visiting the facility will be offered food, essential medical care, and an opportunity to learn employable skills so they can become contributing members of the local Colombian community.

Medical Clinic to Provide First-Aid to Refugees

It will also have a clinic to provide minor but essential medical care for those in need of immediate first-aid. Visitors will also be given a nourishing meal to welcome them to their new homeland, courtesy of South American Initiative. 

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The back of the building has two windows and one door to accommodate staff and volunteers working at the center.

SAI brings hope and light to replace despair and darkness with fresh ideas, education, wholesome food, and medical supplies to South America’s most needy and most vulnerable people.

Saving lives in Colombia with Sights Set on All of South America

SAI’s new facility will be a central location for Venezuelan refugees to receive humanitarian aid as well as education to help them get jobs and adjust to living in their new country. 

Teaching Framing & Agriculture

The SAI Refugee Transition Center sits on over 10,000 square feet of land with an additional acre of farmland.

This additional farmland will be used to teach Venezuelans how to cultivate, plant, and grow their own food. Learning local farming techniques will help them become more independent and self-sufficient in their local Colombian communities.

All This for Just $60,000

SAI's executive team and volunteers have experience working with local Latin American governments. That's why we are able to buy land at affordable prices and build vital facilities quickly at speeds outsiders could never accomplish. Thanks to the land donation by Cripto Conserje, SAI is breaking ground on this new facility in January 2020.

We invite you to Join us in delivering humanitarian aid to those in their deepest time of need. Your donations not only save lives, but they also give great opportunities for those willing to work to build a good life for themselves and their families. 

Measurable & Accountable Success

SAI is marching forward, each and every day, for each and every refugee seeking a new life and opportunities to become independent citizens of Colombia.

SAI is succeeding in ways that are real, measurable, and accountable. With on-going donor and corporate support, we continue to help save lives in South America and provide opportunities for Venezuelans to have a brighter future. Please help us make this dream become reality!

Venezuelan Refugees Crossing Bridge into Colombia
Venezuelan Refugees Crossing Bridge into Colombia
SAI Volunteers Feed Venezuelan Refugees
SAI Volunteers Feed Venezuelan Refugees
Venezuelan Child Gets Lunch From SAI Volunteers
Venezuelan Child Gets Lunch From SAI Volunteers
SAI Refugee Center At Colombian Border
SAI Refugee Center At Colombian Border
SAI Refugee Center At Colombian Border
SAI Refugee Center At Colombian Border
Dec 23, 2019

Together we can make a huge difference

Venezuela Neurosurgery: FINAL Project Update

Valencia, Venezuela - This report features summative details about the South American Initiative project that provided Neurosurgery for drug-resistant epileptic children in Venezuela.

For Children Suffering Daily Epileptic Seizures

In 2019 SAI launched a campaign to provide desperately need neurosurgery to children suffering from severe epileptic seizures every day. 

The project included an implant device known as the Vagus Nerve Stimulator that sends mild electrical stimulation to the brain when it detects the neurological symptoms of an impending epileptic seizure. 

SAI provided the surgical facility, paid for anesthesia, and the costs for the surgeons, nurses, and additional medical supplies.

Two Children Received Life-Changing Surgeries

Two life-changing neurosurgeries were successfully performed. The first was for one young girl and the second for a young boy. These two children are now living normal lives without constant and unpredictable episodes of grand mal seizures - also known as generalized tonic-clonic seizures

Their parents expressed tremendous gratitude and joy that their children were selected for the surgery. Both families have written letters describing how their kid's lives have drastically changed for the better now that they can live without the constant fear of epileptic seizures. The little girl was having 7-10 seizures a day. Now she has none.

Families Amazed with Generosity of SAI

Neither family could afford to pay for the necessary tests just to see if their children were viable candidates for the neurosurgery. When they discovered their children had been approved for the surgery, they were amazed at the generosity of SAI for providing such an expensive surgery at no cost to them.

The 2019 project was made possible through generous support from SAI donors.

You Can Help Us Do Even More in 2020

If you would like to know more about how SAI is helping desperate people in Venezuela, please take a look at the amazing projects SAI is leading to help orphan children, hospital patients, and abandoned animals in Venezuela.

With your support, we can continue to save the lives of the most vulnerable and innocent during this time of political and economic crisis in Venezuela. Click on the link below to see more details about our general hospital campaign: Let’s Give A Helping Hand to Venezuela.

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