“I didn’t want my baby to keep crying because she was starving.” Said Albanis, a mother of two.
Due to the lack of food and medicine in Venezuela, Albanis decided to move to Colombia, to give her children at least one meal per day. At first she was excited; she thought her life was going to change. But excitement soon gave way to panic once she arrived in Barranquilla and realised she was all alone with her two girls in a city full of strangers. “I felt lost.”
It was then she found a compassionate community who was eager to help. Members of the local church, supported by Tearfund, came around her and began to provide food and even medicine for her and her children.
She is grateful for their love and support. Despite waking up early every day to walk around the city selling candies, she admits she doesn’t earn enough to pay rent and buy food. “I walk the whole day under the burning sun. There are good days, but also days when no one even looks at you… I can’t give my kids 3 meals per day, but the church provides lunch for them and that is a breath of fresh air for me. It is the light in the middle of the darkness.” Albanis said.
Your donation today will help Albanis and others like her by providing them with basic needs such as food vouchers, hygienic kits, health attention and daily cooked meals. By working with local churches and grassroots organizations, you will be helping those in greatest need, and extend God’s love to many Venezuelan families.
“I pray for God to help me to continue, sending people like Tearfund and the churches that remind us that if we have faith, we will see miracles. I can’t deny that I still feel sad and overwhelmed, but God is all I need to go on.”
Venezuela Crisis Updates
- Venezuela’s inflation rate has skyrocketed 53 million percent since 2016
- 9 out of 10 people are trapped in starvation
- 64% of people have lost 25 lbs, on average, due to malnutrition
- 5.3 million people are expected to flee the country by the end of 2019
- Two thirds of Venezuelans have experienced either water shortages, or total loss of water. “I’ve seen crowds collect water around leaking sewage pipes to drink and bathe.”
- Doctors are saying that they are seeing an uptick in cases of diarrhea, typhoid and hepatitis A.