Medicine & First Aid to Venezuela

$4,961 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 12 days
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Aurora Kearney  NEW YORK, NY
82% of people in Venezuela are living in poverty. People are starving, babies are malnourished, there is little food, and no medicine. Everyday this week, the public has gone to the streets to peacefully protest Nicolas Maduro's dictatorship and has been met with bullets, tear gas and violence. Venezuela needs freedom NOW. Venezuela is being governed by drug kingpins and criminals. The situation affects every Venezuelan- regardless of socioeconomic or educational status.

100% of ALL funds of this campaign will go toward first aid materials, medicine or shipment costs. The first aid supplies will be delivered directly to a group of medical students at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. These brave young students have been taking to the streets to help anyone that has been hurt by the oppressive armed forces.

My campaign is dedicated to buying medical and first aid supplies and shipping them to Venezuela. I will use 100% of the funds to purchase supplies such as: antibiotic ointment, gauze, medical tape, tear gas, antacid liquids, medical masks and gloves, pain reducer medication, and burn cream. 

The peaceful protests in Venezuela are being met by the military with tear gas, rubber bullets, real bullets, and other forms of bombs. Medical students from the Universidad Central de Venezuela are taking to the streets to help those wounded. Because of the economic and political situation of the country, there are shortages of food and medicine. This campaign will provide the students in Venezuela with supplies needed to help the wounded.

For more detailed information on the funds please keep on reading!

1. My connection to the victims/organization:
I am a Venezuelan immigrant living in NYC. The majority of my family and many of my best friends still live in Venezuela. The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is nothing new- there are shortages of food, basic goods such as toilet paper, and medicine. The shortages affect everyone- my family has to wait in long lines at supermarkets, are very limited in what they can buy (the government controls the quantities of goods you can buy). Last week, the president dissolved parliament (house of representatives) so there is absolutely no checks and balances. This cause the public to take to the streets to peacefully protest and demand fair elections (which we have not truly had since 1999). The government has sent the military and police forces to combat the peaceful protests and has dropped bombs, tear gas, and shot at the protesters. As a Venezuelan in NY, I have always been involved in activism and volunteer projects here in NY to help aid those in Venezuela affected by the crisis. A group of medical students from the Universidad Central de Venezuela has been working to help aid those that are being hurt in the protests. Because of the shortages of goods and medicines, the students do not have enough first aid supplies to help all those that are hurt. A few of us in New York started this campaign to raise funds to buy first aid supplies to be sent to the students.

2. Who will manage the funds?
I will be withdrawing all of the funds in my name, and they will be deposited in my account. I will use 100% of the funds to buy first aid supplies and medicine. I am working with the group SOS Venezuela NY; and they will oversee all of the purchases and transactions- I want full transparency.

3. Who else are we working with?
This week, Venezuelan activists in Miami set up donation centers throughout the city. These activists are collecting donations such as: gauze, medical tape, eye drops, tylenol, etc. They have been sending everything directly to the students at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Though social media, I was able to connect with the activists in Miami. The donation centers are as follows: Los Roques Restaurant (10728 NW 58th St, Doral, FL 33178) and Habitat Residence Condo Hotel (1700 SW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33129). I called the Hotel and was put in contact with Patricia Campos, the main organizer in Miami. I informed her of this campaign in New York, and told her I would use the funds to buy goods and send them to the donation center in the Hotel.
For more information or legitimacy, please look at the Hotel's instagram account to verify that the donation centers are up and running: @habitatresidence


4. How exactly will I be delivering the funds to the organization?
Once the money is deposited into my account I will purchase supplies from Amazon or Target (all online) and have the shipment send directly to Patricia at Habitat Residence Condo Hotel. The goods I will purchase are: tylenol, latex gloves, surgical face masks, syringes, gauze, neosporin, bacitracin, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, steri strips, and a few other first aid response supplies. The money will cover the costs of the supplies, any taxes on the supplies, and any shipping (though please note shipping is generally free with large purchases from stores such as Target online).

For more information on this movement, and the students in Venezuela, please refer to the following instagram pages (please keep in mind Venezuela is a dictatorship, and there is censorship of the media- this means that social media is the fastest way to mobilize):
@sosvenezuelany
@venezolanosenny
@primerosauxiliosucv
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Update 6
Posted by Aurora Kearney
7 days ago
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Dear Donors,
I wanted to send a follow up message to the one I sent earlier. The products that we have in New York  (over 100 boxes of medicines) are donations that people in New York dropped off at donation centers this week. The money for this gofundme campaign has been used to purchase things on Amazon that are being sent directly to Miami. My message about the shipping of the 100 boxes was written to see if anybody can suggest any affordable shipping options from New York to Miami, or to see if anybody works for any sort of shipping company. I wanted to clarify that the 100 boxes of medicines that we have in New York were not things bought with this gofundme campaign.
Thank you all again for your help! I am so grateful, and more importantly, the med students in Venezuela are incredibly grateful as well!
Have a great weekend!
Aurora and Adriana
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Update 5
Posted by Aurora Kearney
7 days ago
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Dear Friends!
We need your help. We have 100 boxes of medicines in Queens ready to ship to Miami. From Miami will be shipped to Venezuela.
The shipping to Miami is costing too much and we need some how to ship to Miami on a lower rate. Does someone have contacts or work on shipping company who could help us out?
Any suggestions will be more than appreciate.
Thank you so much!
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Update 4
Posted by Aurora Kearney
8 days ago
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Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for your donations! I have already started buying supplies and medicines!

Please note that the med students in Venezuela have asked for baby formula, to help aid starving newborns. I will be ordering baby formula as well, along with the medicine and first aid supplies.

Thank you again!
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Update 3
Posted by Aurora Kearney
9 days ago
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The campaign will end this weekend! If you haven't had a chance to donate now is the time to so so!

Thank you to everyone for helping!
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$4,961 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 12 days
Created April 10, 2017
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Stephanie Perozo
4 hours ago

Thanks for organizing this!!

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Viva Venezuela libre!

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