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.

Aug 27, 2019

Paws for the Cause

Animal abandonment cases in Venezuela are very serious. The lives of many animals that used to be pets have changed dramatically. One day they were the most beloved pets in the home and the next day they were abandoned. These sad events are due to many factors that have affected the quality of life in Venezuela. One of them is the high cost of animal food and the other is due to migration.

Many Venezuelans have been forced to migrate from the country, and sadly do not know what to do with their pets.  It is for this reason they have chosen to abandon their pets. It seems that the fate of our four-legged friends is abandonment or death. Sometimes, both.

The South American Initiative team (SAI), has a big heart for the abandoned animals of Venezuela. When a country experiences sudden poverty and famine,  the very first victims are our beloved family pets. When personal survival is at steak, family pets are often abandoned and neglected.

With no relief in sight, SAI provides significant aid to our Venezuelan Veterinarian team to care for the abandoned and neglected pets in critical states of health.

For the past few months we have provided food and medical supplies to the following:

  • MAY: 102 abandoned pets have received care.
  • JUNE: 105 abandoned pets have received care.
  • JULY: 110 abandoned pets have received care.
  • AUGUST: 110 abandoned pets have received care.

Your contributions to SAI have made the expansion of our animal project a reality. Each month we continually increase the amount of food and medicine we supply to these abandoned pets struggling to stay alive during this economic crisis.

At SAI we want to sincerely thank each donor for their generosity in helping us improve the lives of abandoned pets in Venezuela. Without your help many would simply die of starvation and disease.

Thank you to all donors of GlobalGiving and SAI for supporting our cause. The information is reflective of the GlobalGiving and SAI campaign Helping Abandoned Pets.

Aug 27, 2019

We Evolve As People From Our Care Of Animals

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged

according to the way they treat their animals.” 

- Mahatma Gandhi

As the world becomes more stressful and agitated with a constant call for progress and globalization, animals have problems finding where they belong, and how they can survive when their environments are destroyed or allocated for commercial development. Unfortunately, many species face extinction as a result of human carelessness.

Our humanity is traditionally at its best when conditions are at their worst. The plight of our animal population presents a great opportunity for many people to grow, improve, and become more compassionate by supporting animals that need our help to survive.

At SAI we are passionate about helping animals and people. That’s why our foundation is dedicated to helping those during their deepest time of need.Right now the zoo animals of Venezuela are in great danger as food shortages make it difficult to find and pay for sustainable nutrition for the nation’s zoo populations. 

Your donations provide life-sustaining care for a large number of animals: monkeys, sloths, birds, fish, and reptiles.

Thanks to our faithful donors in the last two months, we have been able to donate  bananas, papayas, plantains, fish food, mangos, sunflower seeds, melons, eggs, and rats as their main source of nutrition. These donations keep these animals alive and healthy during this nationwide crisis in Venezuela.

We want to sincerely thank A&G Animal Assistance Fund and GlobalGiving individual donors for their continuous and generous support to save the lives of these animals. Thank you for allowing us to work together in the midst of the economic crisis in Venezuela and provide care for these magnificent creatures.

This information is reflective of the GlobalGiving and SAI campaign Endangered Animal Rescue Fund- Venezuela.

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