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Let's help the hungry children of Carora, Venezuela

March 14, 2018

 

 

Dear friends, 

 

As you may know, the people of Venezuela are going through extremely tough times because of hyperinflation and the appalling devaluation of the local currency, the Bolivar. Those who earn in Bolivars cannot afford to buy food, medicines or any other products because they are either too expensive or cannot be found in supermarkets and shops. Too many people of all ages are getting by with just one meal per day, sometimes even less. Children have stopped going to school because their parents cannot feed them; they are fainting in class because they are too weak.

 

Libia, a former employee of my mom's, has started a soup kitchen at the church she goes to on Sundays, feeding children, elderly people and whole families. This week she started giving out arepas (patties made of corn bread) to children at a preschool her daughter used to go to, Escuela Simón Rodriguez, in the city of Carora, Lara State. There are 60 children enrolled but only half of them go to class (and some days, even less).

 

Libia has been serving soup to the hungry thanks to donations she received from markets and shop owners, but this is not enough to feed everyone. A couple of days ago I started helping her buy corn to make the arepas. One sack of 50 Kg of corn costs 15$. She peels this corn and makes the corn bread instead of buying the processed corn flour, which is more expensive and difficult to find.

 

The goal is to give arepas along with the soup on Sundays to everyone who comes and arepas with cheese, beans, meat or chicken and juice every day to all the preschool kids.

 

If you would like to help feed the hungry, I myself will send the money to Libia as she is personally in charge of buying and preparing the food. There are no intermediaries involved and every penny is used wisely, so that we really make sure people are being fed and no money is lost along the way.

Donations in USD are greatly appreciated, as well as in Bitcoin, KRW and Bolivars. 


Whatever you can donate (5$, 10$, 15$ or more) will be of great help!

 

If you are sending money from the US, you may make a quick payment using Zelle through my email address: cutrichic@gmail.com 

 

You can also make donations through paypal using the same email address cutrichic@gmail.com 

 

If you would like to make a donation from the rest of the world or would like further details, please email me at: helpvenezuelanchildren@gmail.com 

 

Please help. We may not be able to help everyone, but we’ll be making a huge difference to some.

 

Love, 
Suwon

 

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Queridos amigos,

 

Como bien saben, el pueblo de Venezuela está atravesando tiempos extremadamente difíciles debido a la hiperinflación y la terrible devaluación del Bolívar. Los que ganan en Bolívares no pueden comprar alimentos, medicinas o cualquier otro producto básico porque son demasiado caros o no pueden encontrarlos en los supermercados y tiendas. Demasiadas personas se las arreglan con una sola comida al día, a veces incluso menos.


Los niños han dejado de ir a la escuela porque sus padres no pueden alimentarlos…se están desmayando en clase porque están demasiado débiles.

 

La Sra, Libia, una antigua empleada de mi mamá, comenzó a dar de sopas en la iglesia a la que asiste los domingos, alimentando a niños, ancianos y familias enteras, y esta semana comenzó a dar arepas a los niños del preescolar Simón Rodríguez de Carora, Estado Lara, a donde su hija solía estudiar. Hay 60 niños matriculados, pero solo la mitad o menos van a clase.

 

Libia ha estado dando sopas gracias a las donaciones que ha recibido en los mercados de los dueños de tiendas, pero esto no es suficiente para alimentar a todos. Hace un par de días comencé a ayudarla a c