Founded in 1936, Mevorah Florentín School for the Blind has educated and provided a framework to strive towards independence and resiliency for many visually-impaired children for over 84 years in Caracas, Venezuela.
This year has been particularly hard for the school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deteriorating economic situation in Venezuela, and a recent break-in that involved the loss of all of the school's computers. The theft has added an enormous strain in the school's ability to educate our children in an increasingly tech-oriented society. When fully staffed, the school employs 30 full-time teachers, but today this number is halved to only 14 teachers and 4 staff members.
Our fundraiser will allow the school to recoup some of the material losses, fix a leaking roof, and to restock essential school supplies. In addition, we are providing a $100 Holiday bonus for staff members to encourage retention.
A brief itemized breakdown includes the following:
-Door Locks: $330
-Braille Printer: $2900
-Clearview Optelec Magnifier: $1500
-Ten (10) Desktop Computers: $6700
-Assorted IT Equipment: $1800
-School Supplies: $5100
-Bus Repair: $650
-Holiday Bonuses for 18 School Staff: $1800
-Building Infrastructure & Roof: $6600
Any help is appreciated, no matter how small. For reference, the average monthly salary in Venezuela can be roughly USD $3-4 a month, so even a $5 donation will go far to help us.
You can follow our Instagram accounts to view existing conditions and our eventual progress here:
Thank you for all your support!
- Maria de la Soledad Gomez Marti
- Thomas Carns
- Matilde Gomez
- Anneliese d’Empaire
Organizer and beneficiary
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