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Sep 20, 2019

SAI Provides Hospital Patients Life-Saving Meals

Hard To Believe, But TRUE!

It is impossible to believe that Venezuelans cannot get medications such as aspirin, insulin, and antibiotics. For each person who suffers from an illness, life becomes filled with anxiety and stress simply because it is difficult to get the medications they need or the fact that they are outrageously expensive. The other issue is the limited amount of doctors due to the fact that a large number of doctors have left the country.

Food and Medical Supplies

SAI is distributing balanced, protein-rich meals and medical supplies to hospitals. These meals are prepared under strict hospital regulations and are made specifically for the needs of each patient. In addition, much needed medical supplies are being distributed to improve patient care. We are providing antibiotics, anesthesia, aspirin and other basic medications.

7,223 Nutritious Meals

In the past three months of June, July and August, SAI and GlobalGiving donors have provided 7,223 nutritious meals to those who cannot feed themselves. With your donations SAI is able to continue to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid to Venezuelans in this dire time of need. 

Your Donations Create A Better Reality

Your generous contributions create a better reality for Venezuelans by dramatically increasing the number of nutritious meals, medication and medical supplies available for those people struggling to survive during the current health and economic crisis.

SAI’s Growth Signals Hope Is On The Way!

SAI is currently working on opening a medical clinic in Valencia, Venezuela.  We will provide doctors, treatment, medication and professional medical care at our facility.  We look forward to being able to provide much needed high quality medical care to the people of Venezuela.

Sep 17, 2019

Waiting In Line for Food is a Blessing & a Curse

The Blessing & The Curse

Gabriella waits in the South American Initiative’s food line holding the hand of her four year old son, and carrying her one year old daughter. She says,”We’re lucky to get one meal a day. My kids are always hungry, and so am I. Life is hard, but without this food, it would be unbearable.” 

Stuck In Colombia

The precarious situation suffered by Venezuelans stuck in Cucuta, Colombia, is unfortunate. One of our field correspondents reported that to survive the chaos, many choose to perform illegal actions.  As seen by members of our field team in the streets of Cucuta, dozens of young Venezuelan girls are involved in prostitution and many young men and woman are under the influence of drugs. Our staff is brought to tears by the appaling conditions they witness daily and the stories they hear from the refugees.

The Need For Food Is Enormous

With your generous contributions, SAI and GlobalGiving donors have delivered thousands of meals feeding the refugees in Cucuta. There is not enough food for the refugees, many are starving and begging for food.  We need your continued support to help us feed the refugees in this dire situation of limited resources. 

South American Initiative and GlobalGiving donors aid the Venezuelan refugees in Cucuta.  We deliver nutritious and protein-laden meals and medicines to strengthen the weak bodies of refugees. Our goal is to be able to provide more nutritous meals to feed the refugees and aide them in improving their quality of life. It is our desire to offer a viable solution so that many of the Venezuelans living on the Colombian border can be self-sufficient and take care of themselves and their families. 

Aug 27, 2019

A New Life For kids Suffering Epileptic Seizures

After completing the first surgery successfully, it is time for our second patient, Andres. He is a 17 year-old-boy living with his parents in the city of Caracas. He frequently suffers eplitic seizures which affect every aspect of his life. It has made it impossible for him to enjoy a childhood like any other boy. Andres has difficulty performing physical activities such as swimming or running without worrying about having an epileptic seizure.

SAI’s neurosurgery program is the only viable option for these children. There are very few qualified doctors to carry out this procedure since many of these specialists have migrated to other countries. Not only are doctors scarce, but also the VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulator) devices that are inserted into patients, are impossible for any Venezuelan to afford. The cost is about $25,000 just for the device, not including the surgery.

Thanks to the collaboration of LIVANOVA, we’ve changed Andres' life completely. It has improved his confidence and his health in a surprising way. Now, his parents have something less to worry about: just being focused on his happiness.

This beautiful family has extended its thanks to LIVANOVA, SOUTH AMERICAN INITIATIVE, and all the DONORS who have worked together to help Andres overcome the constant threat of seizures due to his drug-resistant epilepsy. 

South American Initiative has always been concerned with the welfare of the most needy in Venezuela. These surgeries represent a light in the midst of darkness for patients suffering from this life-threatening condition. 

Many of these families believe there is no hope or help for their epileptic children due to the economic crisis in Venezuela. At SAI, our mission is to remind them there are kind and generous people who are putting their eyes on Venezuela, willing to give a helping hand no matter how small or large their need.

Thank you to all donors of GlobalGiving, LIVANOVA, and SAI for supporting our cause. The information is reflective of the GlobalGiving and SAI campaign Life-Saving Neurosurgery-Venezuela.

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