people giving their time, knowledge and skills, to help us
make a positive change

We are proud and grateful for the support of many key people who collaborate with us in our work, providing crucial support to our programmes and our organisation. The enormous range of skills, experience and expertise they bring, and their commitment and care, makes us stronger and helps us improve the lives of many people in need, making lasting change.

Some key collaborators​

Susana Rafalli

Susana Rafalli

Caracas, Venezuela.

With over 20 years of experience in public nutrition and food security in emergency situations, Susana is key to the response to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Founder and adviser of the Ponte Poronte programme, she continues to provide support and training to its design and implementation.
Cecilia Scorza

Cecilia Scorza

Munich, Germany.

Cecilia works in Physics at LMU Munich. Worried about child malnutrition in Venezuela, she joined Meals4Hope in 2018. Cecilia represents us in Germany, forming support networks that aim to respond to the humanitarian emergency and develop sustainable solutions to help those most vulnerable.
María Carolina Maio

María Carolina Maio

Miami, US.

A sociologist with experience in social programmes and community work, Carolina has supported social initiatives throughout her professional career. With her heart in Venezuela, she represents us in Miami, creating networks, developing campaigns and coordinating sending humanitarian aid to Venezuela.
María Eugenia Urbina

María Eugenia Urbina

Canada.

Sensitive and generous, María Eugenia has Venezuela in her heart. Worried about the situation of children in the country, in 2018 her family gave us a generous donation that allowed us to grow as an organisation. Since then, the Urbina-Fauser family has become part of the Meals4Hope family, their trust and solidarity has been key to all we do.
Mariela Hernández

Mariela Hernández

Madrid, Spain.

Mariela is part of the team of volunteers in Madrid. Always ready to support where there is a need, she actively works creating partnerships and promoting fundraising activities to send humanitarian aid to Venezuela.
María José Reyes

María José Reyes

Barcelona, Venezuela.

María has worked as a volunteer in the nutritional support programme in Villa Esperanza since it started when she was a medical student, continuing her support now as a fully qualified doctor. She coordinates, at a national level, our support for protecting health workers during the Covid19 pandemic.
Morella Rivas

Morella Rivas

Duaca, Venezuela.

A retired teacher, since early 2018, Morella leads at home, with other local women volunteers, the Community Home in Duaca, Lara. They support over 40 local children in need with daily meals, school support, protection and care, as well as help pregnant and lactating women.
Belén Cianciardo

Belén Cianciardo

Barcelona, Spain.

A civil engineer with a huge heart, Belén is part of our Barcelona team. Since 2017, she promotes and takes part in activities that raise awareness, fundraise and send humanitarian aid to Venezuela. She is also the “godmother” of the Community Home in Duaca, directly supporting the volunteers and children of that Home.
Karelia González

Karelia González

Barcelona, Spain.

A lawyer and coach, sensitive and worried about the situation in Venezuela, since 2017, Karelia coordinates the collection of humanitarian aid in Barcelona. She is part of our active team of volunteers in the city, also organising fundraising events.
Mary Túa

Mary Túa

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

Along with volunteers in her community, Mary leads a nutrition programme at home, supporting some 50 children in need, as well as pregnant and lactating women. She is also in charge of receiving and distributing humanitarian aid packages to all programmes in Lara.
Javier Peña

Javier Peña

Mérida, Venezuela.

Musician and founder of ‘Rock al Hospital’, an organisation dedicated to helping patients in need in Mérida, Javier acts as liaison between the Hospital Universitario de Los Andes and Meals4Hope. He is also responsible for receiving and distributing food, medicines and supplies for our projects in Mérida.
Manuel Alcaíno

Manuel Alcaíno

Manchester, UK.

Manuel works as a software engineer at the BBC in Manchester. Since 2019 he supports us in technical areas and has been key in the development and maintenance of our website.
Andrea Pizzolante

Andrea Pizzolante

Zaragoza, Spain.

Andrea has been one of our collaborators since the very beginning. A creative and enthusiastic graphic designer, she supports us with graphics and audiovisual materials and resources for our programmes and for awareness and fundraising campaigns.
Katty Díaz

Katty Díaz

Mérida, Venezuela.

A sociologist, specialising in human development, since 2018 Katty coordinates our community school nutritional programme ‘Mapire Escolar’ in Misintá. Since 2020 she also leads, with a local team, a nutritional support programme for children suffering from malnutrition in Lasso de La Vega, Mérida.
Ariana Tahan

Ariana Tahan

Caracas, Venezuela.

An urban planner, Ariana joined us in 2019 to provide organisational and logistical support to various programmes. She has mainly been responsible for the logistics of buying and distributing food and supplies to various areas of the country.
Alvaro Oteyza

Alvaro Oteyza

Acarigua, Venezuela.

An agricultural engineer, sensitive and full of solidarity, Alvaro has supported us since 2017. Through him, we started an alliance with Fundación Las Plumas, of which he is president, to support nutritional programmes in Portuguesa. His advice and support has been crucial in a context where inflation, currency changes and uncertainties are the only constant.
Andrés González

Andrés González

London, UK.

A sociologist and data scientist, consultant at The World Bank, Andrés works with us since 2019, supporting the design and development of systems and information processes for various projects. He currently supports the data base and analysis for the Ponte Poronte programme.
Fanny Lucena

Fanny Lucena

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

A teacher who works with Fe y Alegría, Fanny has been a part of the community groups that have grown and formed a network in El Trompillo since she was very young. She is part of our coordinating team there, leading the training programme, whilst supporting women and providing nutritional support for over 80 children, and pregnant and lactating women.
María J. Hernández

María J. Hernández

Maracaibo, Venezuela.

A medical student and volunteer in her parish, since late 2019 Maria José has coordinated a nutritional support programme for children suffering from or at risk of malnutrition in the Los Andes community in Maracaibo. Helped by a group of community of volunteers, the programme additionally supports pregnant and lactating women.
Ani Moani de Oteyza

Ani Moani de Oteyza

Ibiza, Spain.

A part of the volunteering group in Barcelona, Spain, since 2017, she has promoted and taken part in activities that raise awareness, fundraise and send humanitarian aid to Venezuela. Now in Ibiza, she continues to support organisational and promotional aspects of our work.
Daniela Plana

Daniela Plana

Manchester, UK.

A lecturer in chemical and physical sciences at Keele University, Daniela has worked with us since the start. Her key areas of support are in communication, translation and proofreading, whilst also providing support for our social media and website.
Omaira García

Omaira García

Duaca, Venezuela.

She was a volunteer at the Community Home in Duaca, since it started in 2019. Now as a retired teacher, she has become fully involved in this programme that provides nutritional supports over 45 children every day. Omaira also gives these children help with their schooling, working with them with love and dedication.
Julia Loyo

Julia Loyo

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

As part of the coordinating team in El Trompillo, Julia supports the training and development of volunteers and women of the community. With the team, she also coordinates emergency and development tasks, including water, hygiene, health, raising of hens and the nutritional support of over 80 children.
Daniel Camacho

Daniel Camacho

Apure, Venezuela.

A hugely socially sensitive psychotherapist, Daniel founded ‘Pancita Llena’, a group of volunteers dedicated to delivering food to children in need. Linked to Meals4Hope since 2018, he coordinates a nutritional support programme in San Fernando, organising health care events and supporting other projects with medical supplies such as deworming medicine.
Pavlo Castilo

Pavlo Castilo

Caracas, Venezuela.

In 2019, Pablo and his team visited some of our projects in Anzoátegui, Lara, Portuguesa and Mérida, getting to know their work, filming and taking pictures. His graphical report, that has reflected the solidarity and spirit of each community, has been integral not only to this website, but also for our reports and communications that help us tell our story.
Angie Rinaudo

Angie Rinaudo

Barcelona, Spain.

Angie is an Argentinian with a Venezuelan heart. She is part of the group of volunteers in Barcelona, Spain, always ready to support us in whatever is needed, coming up with ideas and developing initiatives that help raise awareness of what is happening in Venezuela and raising funds for our programmes.