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The hope of return

Stories from Venezuelan Refugees

Meet Giselle, a caring wife and mother to one child from Venezuela.

Giselle and her husband have one baby girl, Camilla, and are expecting a second daughter in June 2020. About one year ago, lack of access to food and medicine forced them to leave Venezuela, their beloved home country.

The small family travelled over 1,000 kilometres to arrive at Cartagena, Colombia. This journey is one that thousands of Venezuelans have experienced. It is a long and painful journey, leaving many of them with wounds and poor health since it has become too expensive to travel by car or bus.

Their front yard is enclosed in a metal fence with a industrial complex on the other side. Although it is often sunny, rain brings toxic chemicals from the field into their soil; the metal fence does nothing to keep these chemicals away. The chemicals, a dusty atmosphere and water that gives 100% of children parasites are all factors that make it impossible to maintain a sanitary, healthy environment for the family.

As a caring mother, Giselle worries deeply about the well-being of her young daughter and new baby. Giselle expressed her family’s profound desire to return to the place where they feel most at home.

Camilla will receive meals from the food program in their community once it begins to run. Giselle hopes to benefit from the pre- and post-natal care that will be available to provide her baby with the best possible health and well-being. These services will lend the family comfort and increased well being through the provision of these basic needs.

Partnered with Tearfund, Ceiba Church in Barranquilla is home to this type of feeding program. With the help of hundreds of generous Canadians, the church invites families living in the slums to send their children for meals; they provide for 200 children daily from 11am-1pm. The program is staffed by volunteers, about half of which are Venezuelan refugees. Not only does this keep a well-running program, it provides mothers with a place to gain marketable skills they can integrate into life in Colombia.

Beyond providing nutrition, the church also provides health and referral services as well as counselling for women to give them emotional support. Since they have lost everything and are striving to care for their families in unclean conditions, they need to be reminded of the hope that is found in Christ; a hope that can be present in every country and any situation.

You can help provide this hope as Tearfund continues to partner with local Colombian churches to feed over 600 children daily. Because of COVID-19, the way we distribute food has changed – but the work has not. We need compassionate partners like you now more than ever before.

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The solution to poverty is more than physical, it’s spiritual. Instead of handouts, you will be partnering with local churches to permanently lift families out of poverty. Will you join us?

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