Location – Venezuela
The Project – The LATA Foundation were delighted to support Healing Venezuela initially in a campaign aimed at helping vulnerable young girls and women in the Barquisimeto region of Venezuela. Traditionally a strong tourist destination, the area has suffered great deprivation over recent years. The programme brings hope and a better quality of life to the young women able to benefit from the family planning and sexual education scheme, and take control of their circumstances, via the local partner NGO in Venezuela, ALAPLAF.
Healing Venezuela also works closely with local medical teams across the whole country, to bring personnel, equipment and specialist knowledge together to improve the lives of those needing help as the humanitarian crisis deepens throughout Venezuela. Since the start of the pandemic, our support for Healing Venezuela continued throughout 2020 with supplies of PPE going to hospitals in great need.
Our support – During 2021 we began working with the UK management team of Healing Venezuela to support 125 Junior Doctors in Venezuela, as they manned the front line of healthcare. Because of the exodus of more than 50% of medical staff (doctors, nurses and technicians), Junior Doctors are vital to run state hospitals in Venezuela and provide medical care to the vast majority who can´t afford private care in the country, but the salary of Junior Doctors varied at that point between just $8 and $15 per month. We were delighted to be able to help fund some of their living costs again during 2022 during more particularly dark days for Venezuela. In 2023, Healing Venezuela have reduced the number of scholarships to 100 but due to rampant inflation, have increased the monthly sponsorship from $25 to $40. The LATA Foundation are proud to help cover that increase during the year’s first quarter.
Further information – www.healingvenezuela.org