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
Mar 11, 2020

Feeding Neglected Hospital Patients in Venezuela

Mother & baby get lunch delivered at hospital
Mother & baby get lunch delivered at hospital

Dear SAI & GlobalGiving Donor,

Hospitals in Venezuela Need Your Help 

Since the fall of socialized medical care in Venezuela, hospitals no longer have the money to feed and provide vital medical supplies for their patients. It is for this reason that the South American initiative has come to the rescue of neglected hospital patients by making daily deliveries of food and medical supplies. During the past month, we have provided over 8,500 meals to hospital patients in Valencia-Carabobo, Venezuela.

SAI Volunteers & Donors Local Superheroes

As you can imagine, the endless food shortages and hyperinflation have caused hospital patients to feel like they are stranded on a deserted island.  By delivering a regular supply of nutritious lunches to hospital patients, SAI volunteers have become local superheroes to hungry patients in hospitals.

These meals have helped sick and malnourished hospital patients to accelerate their healing and recovery time with nutrition that is rarely available at public hospitals. The meals we provide help get the patients stronger on the road to their recovery.

SAI Staff & Volunteers Show Up With Nutritious Food

SAI’s regular deliveries of food give  hungry hospital patients comfort knowing that they will not be abandoned and that no matter what happens,  volunteers show up with nutritious sandwiches, clean drinking water, and fruit juices to nurture them toward good health.

SAI volunteers deliver the food directly to their bedside, courtesy of South American Initiative. Without your generous donations, these hospital patients would be living on very sparse amounts of food. Instead, they are getting nutritious foods containing vital protein, fruits, and vegetables as well as many hard to find medical supplies they need.

SAI Opens New Medical Clinic Focused on Children

We also realize that many Venezuelan children are the victims of Venezuela’s plight that we have recently sent our engineers to our headquarters to convert office space into a medical clinic. This new SAI clinic is focused on providing underprivileged children with quality medical care.

If you have any medical equipment that you would like to donate to our clinic, please contact SAI immediately and let us know how you can help. We need medical equipment, medical supplies, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that can be used on a daily basis at our new clinic.

SAI Helps Venezuelan Hospital Dialysis Patients 

Kidney failure is very common in Venezuela. Rotten food, contaminated drinking water, and invisible toxins are causing mass kidney failure among the poor people of Venezuela. That is why dialysis has become very common for many to stay alive.

The kidneys are the natural filtering system for our blood. Once the kidneys can no longer filter the blood, it takes about eight days before death. Dialysis centers are in great demand among the most desperate people in Venezuela.  That’s why SAI frequently delivers food and juice to patients undergoing dialysis. Without your donations and our help, many would not survive.

Below you will see a picture of one of our SAI volunteers delivering food to patients undergoing dialysis to filter their blood due to chronic kidney disease (CKD). The patients say we are superheroes for delivering these meals while they get their treatments.

SAI and the People of Venezuela Greatly Appreciate Your Support

The underprivileged and destitute people living through this nightmare in Venezuela have no voice or ability to cry out for help. That is why SAI works tirelessly to give them support when all other resources have abandoned them. These are people who not only want to survive, but they too want a good quality of life where they can care for their families.

SAI remains committed to providing food, medical supplies, and support to help hospital patients in Venezuela through this difficult time in the ongoing saga of their struggle. We know that you are with us too, when we receive your generous donations to support our cause of giving Venezuelans a helping hand. We thank you!

Hospital lunch & love delivered by SAI volunteer
Hospital lunch & love delivered by SAI volunteer
Grandpa & grandson get lunch waiting to see doctor
Grandpa & grandson get lunch waiting to see doctor
SAI volunteer delivers lunch to dialysis patient
SAI volunteer delivers lunch to dialysis patient
SAI volunteers prepare to deliver hospital lunches
SAI volunteers prepare to deliver hospital lunches
Hungry dialysis patient gets free lunch from SAI
Hungry dialysis patient gets free lunch from SAI
 
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