Jul 2, 2020

Help Venezuelan Refugees to a New Life in Colombia

SAI Volunteer carries migrant woman on his back.
SAI Volunteer carries migrant woman on his back.

Helping Venezuelan Refugees Start a New Life in Colombia

SAI volunteer carries a woman on his back to cross the river from Venezuela into Colombia. Most of the refugees carry all that they have as they seek a new life. 

SAI Provides Food Cards for Venezuelan Refugees Migrating into Colombia to Buy Food

It is estimated that over 1.7 million Venezuelans have migrated to Colombia seeking refuge from a collapsed economy and political unrest.

South American Initiative is providing Venezuelan refugees with food cards they can use at local Colombian stores to buy groceries and personal hygiene supplies immediately when they cross the border into  Colombia.

5,000 Venezuelan Migrants Cross into Colombia Daily

It is estimated that 5,000 Venezuelans cross the border into Colombia every day. This landmark migration requires humanitarian aid to help new settlers with food, shelter, and medical care. They will also need education to get jobs in Colombia.

In most cases, these refugees do not have any food or personal hygiene items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and over the counter medicines. Venezuelan refugees use SAI food cards to purchase groceries to feed their families after crossing the border into Colombia. They are very happy to receive such a warm welcome to their new country.

Once the refugees cross the border into Colombia, SAI volunteers welcome them to their new homeland. Here they are offered something to drink, a snack, and an opportunity to learn how families can acquire a free SAI food card worth $40-$60 per month.

This is a digital currency they can use immediately to purchase food and personal supplies they need to help start a new life in Colombia. This money is used for emergency help for migrants who have lost their jobs or have been laid off because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Your generous donations provide desperately needed humanitarian aid to help Venezuelans overcome one crisis on top of another crisis. We thank you for sharing your prosperity with those who are severely less fortunate than you.

 

5,000 Venezuelans Cross Border into Colombia daily
5,000 Venezuelans Cross Border into Colombia daily
Migrant Families Get Food at Colombian Border.
Migrant Families Get Food at Colombian Border.
Migrant Get Care Package at Colombian Border.
Migrant Get Care Package at Colombian Border.
Jul 1, 2020

Providing Food & Care for Venezuela's Zoo Animals

SAI volunteer sorts out food for Capuchin monkey.
SAI volunteer sorts out food for Capuchin monkey.

When we discovered that many of the zoo animals in Venezuela were starving due to lack of food, we asked if we could extend our help by donating food to help keep the zoo animals alive. To our surprise, the zoos welcomed us with open arms and encouraged us to feed and help the animals in every way possible.  

Medical Care & Increased Security

SAI volunteers deliver food to two zoos and one animal sanctuary.  Our volunteers and veterinarians are highly respected. Life-Sustaining Care

SAI provided life-sustaining care for a large number of animals: monkeys, sloths, pythons, birds, fish, turtles, and reptiles.

3,084 lbs. Of Specialty Foods for Rare Animals

During the first months of the year, we delivered 3,084 lbs. of food to the Zoos and animal refuges we support. Here's a list of the foods:

          Bananas           Sunflower seeds                    
          Papaya             Eggs            
          Plantain            Mice             
          Mangos            Protein
          Watermelon     Powdered Milk

Positive Outlook Continues for 2020

During 2020 we are creating momentum for better medical care, security, and more food for these rare and captive animals in Venezuelan Zoos and animal refuges.

Your contributions keep these animals alive and healthy during this nationwide crisis in Venezuela. In fact, SAI has been quietly supplying zoos and animal refuges with medical care and specialty foods to feed these captive creatures - many who can no longer survive in the wild on their own.

Baby Capuchin monkey clinging to mama's back.
Baby Capuchin monkey clinging to mama's back.
Three mature monkeys babysitting the newborn.
Three mature monkeys babysitting the newborn.
Our python just laid 11 eggs.
Our python just laid 11 eggs.
Three-toed sloth is the star of our animal refuge.
Three-toed sloth is the star of our animal refuge.
Blue-and-gold macaw parrot heals from broken wing.
Blue-and-gold macaw parrot heals from broken wing.
Mar 12, 2020

Help Improve Orphans Lives in Venezuela

SAI supported orphan children enjoy lunchtime!
SAI supported orphan children enjoy lunchtime!

SAI Grows Help for Orphans by Supporting Two More Orphanages

Thanks to your generous donations we are now expanding our care for Venezuelan orphans. In the past, we have supported four different orphanages. Now we are in a position to add two more orphanages where we will continue to provide food, medicine, and medical care for these abandoned children.

SAI's New Medical Clinic Helps Children 4-Days-A-Week

Our new medical clinic in Valencia is now exclusively seeing children four-days-a-week. Most of these children are from the orphanages we support. We have also recently started a program that features one of our medical doctors visiting an orphanage once a week to perform medical exams on all the children.

This is a Godsend for these children as many of them have medical conditions that do not require hospitalization but need the care of a medical doctor to diagnose and prescribe medicines that can care for various medical conditions of the orphans.

For example, in one of our new orphanages, many of the children were experiencing bouts of diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water and eating rotten food. After their medical examinations, the doctor determined that they had bacterial parasites and worms feeding in their stomachs. These children were exposed to dirty drinking water and bad food before they came to the orphanage. 

Antibiotics Solve Most Stomach Problems

Since we provide clean drinking water and fresh food to the orphanages we support, bad water and rotten food are not problems. But worms and bacterial parasites do not go away by simply drinking purified water and eating clean food. It takes a 14-day regimen of antibiotics to rid these kids of their stomach issues.

Once they get these medications, everything changes. Now they can spend their time playing, having fun, and studying instead of hiding in the bathroom all day in case they have an accident.

Super Sick Kids Go To The Hospital

Some of the children that visit our new clinic and those we see at the orphanages have severe conditions. These children are critically sick and need hospitalization. We send them to local hospitals along with an adult advocate to make sure they get the care they need. We also provide medicine and food for the children that are admitted to the hospitals.

All Orphans Now Get Regular Medical Exams

To help prevent these dire situations we have established a protocol that all orphans get regular medical exams. In this  way,  we can be sure that the kids are healthy and those that need professional medical care receive the care they need in a timely manner.

Make Sure These Kids are Not Forgotten

Prior to SAI offering full healthcare to each orphan, many of these kids were suffering from conditions that occur due to insufficient medical care. Our mission is to make sure these children are not forgotten and that when the politics and economy improve in Venezuela, they will be good candidates for adoption or in good health when their parents are   reunited with their children.

Future Young Adults Best Hope for Venezuela

As time passes, many of these orphans will outgrow their orphan status and become prospering young adults who are tasked with rebuilding Venezuela. Caring for these children assures that as they mature, they realize how important it is to help others in their deepest time of need and to keep the spirit of hope alive. 

Help Us Increase Orphanage Food Deliveries by 20%

As the orphanages continue to accept abandoned children, they need more food and medicine to provide for the additional kids. That's why our goal is to increase our biweekly food deliveries by 20%. Growing children need more food, more medicine, more educational materials, and of course, more love! Your donations make this possible.

The orphans we support, our SAI staff and volunteers, are grateful for your commitment to helping and your generous giving. You are truly walking the walk and talking the talk of delivering desperately needed humanitarian aid to Venezuelan orphans. Thank you! 

SAI orphanage food delivery day excitement for all
SAI orphanage food delivery day excitement for all
Venezuelan orphans gather for pre-lunch photo!
Venezuelan orphans gather for pre-lunch photo!
Orphans gather to show-off their brand new shoes!
Orphans gather to show-off their brand new shoes!
SAI clinic doctor examines teenager at orphanage
SAI clinic doctor examines teenager at orphanage
 
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