Hope Center Venezuela
A Community Born Out Of Tragedy
In December 1999, Venezuela was devastated by the Vargas Tragedy. The mountains softened up and broke off like crumbled cookies, releasing about twenty million cubic feet of rocks and mud over the towns. This natural disaster of massive flooding killed tens of thousands completely erasing entire cities and led to the complete collapse of the state’s infrastructure. Three days of torrential rains left an estimated 190,000 people displaced, and they were relocated into mass government housing throughout the country. An area just outside of the city of Barquisimeto, west of Caracas, became home to over 5,000 families creating one of the worst slums in Venezuela.
A local business leader and pastor began a center to serve the needs of this population but struggled to find funding as the needs continued to increase.
In 2019, Hope Partners International began a partnership with Fundapais. Now, just a few years later, more than 1,000 children are treated weekly in 8 child care centers receiving medical care, balanced nutrition, education, trauma counseling, and spiritual guidance, as well as visits to assess their family environment and respond to their needs.
Breaking the Cycle of Malnutrition
Our teams of doctors, nutritionists, nurses, psychologists, and workshop leaders, among others, train and advise caregivers who have malnourished children. We partner with these caregivers who are often the unsung heroes of their communities and show them that they have a chance to break out of the cycle of poverty they find themselves in.
We work with them on a daily basis providing nutritious food for their family most especially children, this allows them to grow healthy. We carry out workshops for parents, educating them and teaching them trades such as cooking, decorations, carpentry, animal husbandry, and agriculture among others. This allows them to obtain income which in turn allows them to get out of the cycle of poverty. Now empowered, they can provide their children with a better quality of life. And most importantly, the families that come to our Hope Centers experience the great love of Christ within the family of God.
The recent humanitarian crisis has caused an increase in violence, and an increase in the cost of basic needs such as food, water, electricity, clothing, and housing. This crisis caused millions of people to leave the country, however, those who remain are in precarious conditions. Inflation and unemployment have been higher than in any other poor country in history and most people in the Fundapais Hope Center area are unemployed. Those who work earn less than $1 a day to support their entire family. And for families with more than five members, this causes hunger and misery for all. The result is more crime in the neighborhoods making Venezuela one of the most violent countries in the world. Unfortunately, those who suffer the most are women and children.
Our vision of the Venezuela Hope Center is to continue to bring the Hope and Love of Christ as we work to see lives and communities transformed. The first priority is to help meet your immediate needs.
Monthly operating needs
• Staff $1500
• Food $ 4000
• Medicines and supplies $ 1000
Total operating needs (monthly) $6,500.
Why should you help?
That is a valid question. We did not cause the problems in Venezuela, so why do we have to solve them? The worst of socialism and the corrupt local leaders made Venezuela enter the worst chapter of its national life. However, at the end of the day, it is sin and our broken humanity that causes all the problems in this world. We Christians are the ones who have historically been called to be light in the world, to be salt, and to build bridges of hope. By doing this, we are part of the solution; we are repairing the world together and pointing people to our generous Heavenly Father.
We are asking different friends, churches, and organizations to help us meet these needs to support Venezuelan families and children, thus showing the love of Christ.
Hope Partners International will transfer funds to Venezuela and arrange for the regular shipment of medicines and supplies through our network and partners on the ground.
Sustainable Agriculture Project
In the midst of all the shortages and the increase in the cost of healthy and nutritious food, Hope Partners Venezuela is working on incorporating of an area for the production of food through agriculture and livestock with the purpose of producing food, educating, and opening sources of employment for families in poor communities. This project favors 50 families with jobs.
Hope Partners is committed to continuing to build bridges of hope and transformation for Venezuela.
Thank you for helping us transform the world of thousands of children in Venezuela and being part of a great Vision.
With your support, God’s Kingdom is expanding around the world. Your gift is making a lasting difference in the lives of people near and far. Thank you for partnering with God’s work!