Nourish kids w/ Happy Kettle meals

$11,416 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 174 people in 18 months
Nourishing our children in spite of crisis
Children are the most impacted in the face of crisis. The humanitarian crisis in our community on Margarita Island, in the midst of a complete economic collapse, is so profound that the child malnutrition rate is estimated at 60%.  The children in our community are simply not guaranteed a hot meal each day. In fact, a study carried out last year by the country’s three major universities indicated that 77% of the country’s population had lost an average of 19 pounds (8.7 kilos) per person over a year, due to the drop in real incomes and the harsh scarcity of basic goods, including food (ENCOVI, 2016).

Happy Kettle hot meals for kids
Responding to the needs of our community, the “Happy Kettle (Ollita Feliz)” project was born, and has been providing nourishing meals to children on Margarita Island since May, preparing and distributing between 100 and 300 meals to children in vulnerable communities on Saturdays.

The Happy Kettle project was started by the community-based organization of volunteers known as “MargaritaSmiles (MargaritaSonrie)”, which is committed to making a difference in the lives of these children, offering them a ray of hope and creating for them a hot, nourishing meal, and a place and time for laughter and smiles. The Happy Kettle project has already distributed over 4,000 hot meals to hungry children in Margarita.
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The rampant inflation rate affecting the country, expected to reach 2,400% by the end of next year, is causing food prices to rise almost daily, and to double every 6 to 8 weeks. This situation is making it harder and harder for our local community members to contribute without putting at risk their own health and nourishment needs.

How far will $1,000 go?

$1,000 will guarantee Happy Kettle the protein budget it needs to provide at least 100 meals on Saturdays throughout all of 2018. 

Why have we now increased our goal to $10,000?
The generosity of those that have donated thus far has already allowed us to raise capacity to 400+ meals every Saturday and begin a nourishment program for children in conditions of, or recovering from severe malnutrition. The crisis is deepening and so must our response - as our fundraising expands, so does our work.   

Join me in making a difference for these children
As a member of the community and a supporter of the Happy Kettle project since its beginning, I have seen the difference the project is making for so many vulnerable children in our community. I am grateful that you join me in supporting the Happy Kettle team, giving these children the possibility of a nourishing meal and a healthy life. 

How funds will be used
Funds raised through this project will be used to support the Happy Kettle project through the purchase of food, dry goods, and materials for the preparation of meals for children on Margarita Island. Your contribution will help this project continue to nourish our future.

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Buenos días, les comparto fotos de nuestra jornada de ayer en la Chacalera - 230 platos. Acompañados tambien por los voluntarios de Manos Solidarias repartimos además donaciones de pañales y ropita. Notamos varios casos de adultos mayores en condiciones terribles y también estamos trabajando con la comunidad para ver cómo ayudamos. Gracias por hacer posible esta labor!

Good morning! Sharing photos from out event in La Chacalera yesterday - 230 nourishing meals. The volunteers from Manos Solidarias accompanied us and we also distributed donations of diapers and clothing. We found some cases of senior citizens in very poor conditions and we are working with the community to see how we can help. Thank you for making this work possible.
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Feliz domingo de Pascua! Les comparto unas fotos de la jornada de ayer. Llevamos arroz chino con pollo a dos comunidades, Vista Bella y Vicente Marcano. También entregamos medicinas, ropa y calzado. 250 platos! Gracias a uds por hacer posible esta labor.

Happy Easter! Sharing some pics from yesterday's 'jornada'. The team took 250 hot meals (rice with chicken and vegetable) medicines, clothes and footwear to Vista Bella and Vicente Marcano. Thank you for making this work possible!
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Buenas tardes - las comparto unas fotos de las jornadas de este fin de semana. Llevamos 250 platos a los niños y ancianos de Vista Bella y entregamos hoy alimento, insumos y medicinas en el hospital. Gracias por ser parte de esta labor!

Good evening - sharing here some pictures from this weekend's activities. The team took 250 nourishing meals to the kids and senior citizens in the community of Vista Bella, and we delivered today food, supplies and meds to the hospital. Thank you for being part of this work!
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Buenas tardes, hoy hicimos jornada en Boca del Pozo en Macanao atendiendo a más de 350 niños con distribución de ropa, calazdo, sábanas, juguetes y medicamentos que hemos recibido en donación. Comparto aquí algunas fotos! Gracias por ser parte de nuestro equipo!

Good afternoon, today the team distributed clothing, shoes, sheets, toys and medicines we have received in donation in Boca del Pozo in the Peninsula of Macanao. We attended to over 350 kids! Sharing some pictures here. Thank you for being part of our team!
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