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.
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.
 
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