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Jul 16, 2020

Friends - New Covid-19 Update

Since February, Friends took action to provide our teams and programs in Venezuela with all sort of cleaning, disinfecting and germicidal supplies, together with all the needed PPE. Thanks to grants from IRC (International Rescue Committee) and Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, our partnership with International Aid, and certainly the donations from many of you through GlobalGiving, we were able to implement and strengthen our Covid-19 Response Plan (see attached) by even adding 2 ventilators!

Today, in many countries, Covid-19 continues challenging health systems, disrupting economies, and certainly increasing the number of both new cases and deaths. In early June, Venezuela was reporting +50 new cases per day, with peaks of +100 cases, for a total of 2,087 cases and 20 deaths. Today, there are +10,000 cases, +300 new daily cases, new peaks of +400 cases per day, and at least 100 deaths. Yet rights groups claim real numbers are much higher than those reported. 

As of June, Friends has provided with:

  • 41,900 disposable masks
  • 16,000 pairs of disposable gloves
  • 2,050 pairs of surgical & examination gloves
  • 4,110 sterile gowns
  • 1,180 N95 masks
  • 500 sterile overalls, and many more critical items...

As for our ongoing programs, Covid-19 prevented us from executing and replicating major drives that in 2019 brought us +$30K worth of donations, from diapers, to baby formulas, to nutritional supplements and more. Yet, we continued having the support of great partners such Victus' Clinical & Nutritional products, with critical items such as Enterex, pediatric & youth catheters, dressings, among many others; Chamos Foundation, with an additional donation of vitamins Alvityl Vitality for children +6 years old; Celebrating Childhood once again donated hundreds of Elephantitos' beautiful shoes and dresses for children, among other partners.

But once again, your contributions have made possible that thousands of health workers, little patients and their family members receive basic but highly needed supplies such as formulas, nutritional supplements, etc. Here other indicators as of June from Friends:

  • 10 shipments from Miami with donations & supplies, including 2 pallets of nutritional supplements and 1 pallets of baby formula.
  • Aprox. 807 cubic feet shipped, that is 75% of a 20' container.
  • +3,000 children taken care at the pediatric hospital.
  • +20,000 overall cases. 

Friends will continue protecting his teams, patients, and hospital staff and even bringing hope in the middle of the humanitarian crisis and the breakdown of the health system that Venezuela is experiencing. We thank you for your continuing support with both our ongoing programs and our Covid-19 Response Plan.

Once again, thank you!



Mar 23, 2020

Friends - Covid-19 Update

In light of the global threat and response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you we have taken the very first actions to protect our children, teams, and hospital staff in Venezuela. From our Director's visit in mid-February followed by several coordination meetings with the team in Miami, Friends quickly reacted to provide with the following:
  • Dozens of critical cleaning, disinfecting and germicidal supplies for the pediatric hospital.
  • 3,200 surgeon's gowns.
  • 2,600 surgical gloves.
  • 910 sterile surgeon gowns.
  • 500 sterile overalls. 
  • 1,500 sterile gloves.
  • 240 units of N95 respirators/masks.
  • 8,000 pleated masks.
  • Gallons of antibacterial gel...
... and many other medical & surgical supplies to better respond to the Covid-19. This is just the first wave of more supplies to be received in the coming days, as we continue allocating more resources and ensuring timely delivery.

Regarding the always needed diapers, children's medicine, nutritional food and others, we had major shipments early in the year to ensure a larger coverage of nutritional supplements, formulas and different medicines. Thanks to Sortly, our real-time inventory system, we were also able to reinforce our inventory levels of diapers, baby wipes and other items that are also critical.

The Miami team is working remotely and in permanent communication and coordination with our teams in Venezuela to assess the needs and overall coronavirus situation. Venezuela is currently under a lockdown and our teams are determined to continue serving our children in the safest and healthiest ways possible.

Thank you, Paolo


Mar 3, 2020

Friends - 2019 Annual Report

Curious about how we finished 2019?

We just released our 2019 Annual Report which includes in great detail all the challenges, accomplishments, and overall financial and statistical results.

Of course, our greatest accomplishments are both the smiles you put on thousands of children and families under vulnerable, underprivileged conditions, and the lives we saved thanks to your continuos support.

Needless to say the positive impact on the doctors, caregivers and overall hospital staff at the Jorge Lizarrage Pediatric Hospital. Like our children, they know they can count on us to provide the best medical attention. 

We still have so much to do, but together we can continue bringing hope, love and support to all those newborns, infants, school-age children, families, teachers, hospital staff and everyone under our programs.

Thank you once again for trusting on our work!

PS. Please see below our 2019 Annual Report as an attachment.


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