About Us

Meals4hope promotes and supports projects that help communities feed their children in some of the poorest areas in Venezuela. Community programmes against hunger and malnutrition that seed hope and a healthier future for children and their families.

Venezuela suffers a humanitarian crisis that affects the daily lives of millions of people in the country, who are unable to feed their families. In the poorest areas of the country, close to half of the children suffer from malnutrition, with some dying as a result.

Hunger has arrived at hundreds of homes in Venezuela and now dwells there; many families can barely afford one meal per day. Every day more children faint in class or stop going to school because they are too weak. What little they eat does not provide enough nutrients to help them develop.

Our Vision

Our vision is a country without hunger and malnutrition, where every person has the food they need. A country where children are well nourished and healthy and can grow, go to school, learn, play, participate, and be able to develop and reach their full potential.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to help poor communities provide food for their children and tackle malnutrition today, responding to the emergency, and help them create and develop life-changing lasting solutions, promoting sustainability.

Our Values

Our values are commitment, care, solidarity, transparency, accountability, working together in partnership.

5€ can give a child school meals for a week or a month supply of therapeutic food to a malnourished child

10€ can buy tools and seeds to produce vegetables and fruits in community gardens

15€ can give a food parcel to a hungry child – providing nutritious supplements for a month

Team

We are a group of Venezuelan men and women concerned about the critical living conditions of children in the poor areas of our country. We have united to raise funds for, promote and support projects that help change this situation: Projects to fight hunger and malnutrition in children, projects that help save lives by providing food and bringing hope and a better future for children and their families.



Every member brings different knowledge, skills and abilities to the team, whilst freely giving our time and effort to our cause. We are united by our pain in seeing hungry children and the wish to change the situation. We fully and freely volunteer our work, so that all funds raised will directly benefit children who need it and their communities.



Our partners

The projects we support are developed in collaboration with local volunteers and groups we know that work within the communities we are trying to reach, guaranteeing the success and sustainability of the programmes. We are currently working alongside:

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Communities

To make sure our work is effective and guarantee the success of the projects, we have concentrated our initial efforts in two communities; we hope to be able to later expand our support to other areas of need. We have selected these two communities because:

They are areas of extreme poverty, with urgent needs; where kids have abandoned school because they have nothing to eat and where malnutrition is increasing at alarming rates amongst children.

We know people and groups who have our complete trust that are currently doing social work in the area. Some of our team members are directly supporting these communities through their own volunteering work.

The two communities are: Parroquia San Martin de Porres in Ciudad Guayana, (in Bolívar State) particularly the barrio Brisas del Sur, and the barrio Villa Esperanza in Barcelona (in Anzoategui State).

Projects

All funds raised go towards projects that fight hunger and malnutrition in children. We are specifically supporting the following projects:

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School Meals - Iqbal Masih School

Providing free nutritious daily lunch to 80 children in Barrio Brisas del Sur, Ciudad Guayana. Programme run by volunteering mothers supported by the “Me diste de Comer” foundation

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Weight and Height Programme – Nutritional Recovery

Monitoring growth and nutrition development of 200 children a month in Parroquia San Martin de Porres. Led by volunteers from SAPAGUA and the San Martin de Porres parish.

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Production of baby food that saves lives – treating malnutrition

Production of therapeutic baby porridge for fast nutritional recovery, and treatment of approximately 40 malnourished babies a month in Parroquia San Martin de Porres. Led by volunteers from SAPAGUA and the San Martin de Porres parish

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Nutritional and Care Education

Training communities on how to how to provide the care and support their children need. Education sessions in barrios Brisas del Sur (Bolívar) and Villa Esperanza (Anzoátegui) on illness, child development, hygiene, growing food and food preparation

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Community and Family Vegetable Gardens

Helping families grow their own nutritious food in barrios Villa Esperanza and Brisas del Sur. Teaching the communities to work together growing their own vegetables and fruits.

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Food parcels

Providing food parcels to tackle child hunger in Barrio Villa Esperanza, a community living in extreme poverty. Helping 50 children under seven, malnourished or in risk of malnutrition, to get the nutrition they need. Led by volunteers of ‘Punto Ecológico’

News

Check here for news and headlines about the situation in Venezuela, read the latest stories on our projects and join the conversation

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Solidarity in Action! – School canteen barrio Brisas del Sur

Every week, we are taking good sources of protein and a variety of fruits and vegetables to the school canteen in Barrio Brisas del Sur. Enough healthy food to prepare 200 lunch meals a week. 40 children are receiving free well-balanced daily meals. The volunteers who run the canteen are being trained so they are able to prepare meals that meet the children´s requirements. You have already started making a change to the lives of many children in need! Once again THANK YOU!!

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Venezuela on the brink: a journey through a country in crisis

The oil-rich South American nation should be prospering. Instead it stands on the edge of an economic and humanitarian abyss. Tuesday 11 October. Read full article HERE

Venezuela

Venezuela is currently suffering a humanitarian crisis. People are struggling to feed themselves and their children and facing malnutrition.Massive inflation, one of the highest in the world, multiplies the price of products hundreds of times and only keeps on growing. There are shortages of food and basic provisions. There is lack of jobs. What little there is, is too expensive for people in poverty to afford. In the poorest areas of the country, over 1 in 3 children are seriously malnourished; many families can barely afford one meal per day.

More information on Venezuela’s crisis:

CNN - The face of hunger in Venezuela: click here

The Guardian - Venezuela on the brink: a journey through a country in crisis click here

Get Involved

Donate, campaign, spread the word, volunteer, fundraise … there are many ways to get involved.

Donate

You can help give hungry children food, prevent and treat malnutrition and create long lasting solutions by donating today. Make a donation at www.gofundme.com/meals4hope orfor donations in US dollars ($) www.gofundme.com/meals4hope2. For food donations or for contributions in Venezuela please e-mail us at meals4hope@gmail.com

Campaign / raise awareness

Help us make sure that the suffering of hungry children in Venezuela doesn’t go unheard. Help make others aware of the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis. Forward articles and information to friends about what is happening. Join our campaigns and add your voice to make a change, so no child goes to bed hungry, so no child dies from preventable and treatable malnutrition. Campaign for change!

Fundraise

You can make a huge difference by fundraising to support our life-saving projects and help beat child hunger in poor barrios of Venezuela. La Nena is organising a Yoga class to raise funds; Steve is planning to do a Movember campaign; Bridget suggested a car wash with her children; Cocina Criolla is giving Meals4hope a percentage of the food they sell; you can bake, run, organise a party... choose something that suits you!

Tell people about our work

Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/meals4hope) or Twitter (@Meals4hope) for easy-to-share regular updates about the projects and how the funds raised are helping to change children's lives.

Volunteer

Give us some of your time and share your skills, knowledge or talent – contact us at meals4hope@gmail.com

Contact

We'd love to hear from you to answer your questions or hear any comments/suggestions you might have . Please do not hesitate to contact us, so that together we can bring food and smiles to children who need them.

Contact Info

  • meals4hope@gmail.com