We believe in the new generations! Our children are going to be part of a new Venezuela with open doors and full of opportunities
40,000 migrants cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia every day, looking for food and means of life. Most migrants must go through the “Trochas” (irregular and unsafe crossing-points along the border) because they are not documented or prefer to avoid Venezuela’s migration authority. This situation leaves migrants and their families in a high level of vulnerability and lack of protection, in which children are exposed, as they are affected, by multiple risks: malnutrition, begging, sexual and commercial exploitation and diseases. These factors keep children away from school.
We have been working for Venezuelan children on the border for more than a year. Therefore, we know that the most urgent needs are access to food, water, education, and safe and protective environments. That is why we decided to work hand in hand with Colombian schools, right in the border area with Venezuela. There, we can ensure a safe and dignified space where migrant children could have optimal physical and cognitive development.
Having analyzed the nutritional status of 1,400 children (80% of them were Venezuelan students), we noticed that 40% of them are in some degree of malnutrition. That’s how we create the “Stay In School” Program, a solution that seeks to prevent malnutrition of children affected by the Venezuelan exodus in protective environments such as schools, where they can also access to free education. With this program, children can be protected from the risks of being on the street or “Trochas” to survive.
Nowadays, Stay in School covers 500 students affected by the massive migrations and malnourished. This program is based on constantly monitoring the nutritional status of children and assessing how this affects the permanence rates. Thanks to “Stay in School”, the Absence rate (in the School were the program is implemented) has been reduced from 30% to 15%. The nutritional recovery model and treatment is based on scientific studies, with which we have managed to prevent malnutrition in 70% of our participants in less than 6 months.
“Stay in School” started as a food assistance project with 50 children. Today, 500 children are nurtured and protected while they are studying. Help us to increase our impact and reach more Venezuelan vulnerable children in Colombia.
What will happen with the money?
Your contribution is going to ensure the daily nutritional treatment of 500 children and will help us to promote the sustainability of the Stay in School Program. The daily nutritional treatment is based on balanced meals and the RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Food), a formula capable of providing enough nutrients and vitamins to feed and recover a child from malnutrition.
If the goal is not reached, the resources will be invested in attending as many children as possible in proportion to the raised funds.
Why it matters?
In Venezuela, boys and girls stopped going to school because hunger and food insecurity force them to go to the streets and leave the School. Today, in Colombia, they can have a new opportunity to access to the Right to Education and food. The program motivates them to go to school every day, get their nutritional treatment and have the opportunity to create the foundations for their future.
Other ways you can help
- You can share this campaign on your social media and join the new #UnNiñoHaceLaDiferencia movement from:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CPUVcolombia/
- Instagram: @compartecolombia
- Twitter: @compartecol
- You can become an ambassador of our campaigns. Just send us a message directly to our social networks
- You can become a volunteer by writing to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comparte Por Una Vida, Colombia was founded in April 2016 in Venezuela as a civil society initiative to alleviate the food crisis in vulnerable children. In less than two years we had already delivered more than 600,000 snacks in 39 hospitals, 14 homes, and 6 schools. Due to the humanitarian crisis at the border, in 2018, the Foundation was legally constituted and began operations in Colombia with the “Stay in School” Program.
We are the first Foundation constituted in Colombia dedicated to the food insecurity alleviation for Venezuelan migrant communities, directly at the border.
Maria Elisa Rumbos
Maria Teresa Aristimuño
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