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Venezuela180

$1,745 of $11,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 21 months
English:

My name is Jimy Beltran and I am a fourth-year university student and the Project Director of Venezuela180, a charity and journalist initiative created by myself in association with university professors, students from Fredericton, Canada and professional journalist from Caracas, Venezuela.

The project has 2 objectives. The first one is to transport food to two organizations, Project Santa Teresita of Association Sol (Valencia) and Parish Santo Domingo de Guzman (Maturin). Due to a severe economic crisis, there have been shortages of basic foods across the country. Consequently, thousands of families are struggling every day to survive.  We hope our supplies can help alleviate the burden of a handful of low-income households.

The second goal is to shed light on the stories of people and organizations in Venezuela that are having a positive impact in the country. Over the past years, the media coverage of Venezuela has mainly focused on its negative stories, creating the stereotype that unrest and hunger are all that exist in the country. We hope with this goal to start changing the way both Venezuelans and people of other countries see Venezuela. Despite the terrible events occurring in the country, there are still many examples of hope, generosity, and humanity. The vast majority of people in Venezuela love their country and are fighting for a future for themselves and their families.

Your help will be crucial for the development of this project as it will not only contribute to assist families on the brink of starvation but also re-write the way people see Venezuela.

Check our website here:   www.venezuela180.org 

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Español:

Mi nombre es Jimy Beltrán y soy un estudiante universitario en mi cuarto año y el director del proyecto Venezuela180, una iniciativa caritativa y periodística creada por mí mismo en asociación con profesores universitarios y estudiantes de Fredericton, Canadá y periodista profesional de Caracas, Venezuela.

El proyecto tiene 2 objetivos. El primero es transportar alimentos a La Parroquia Santo Domingo de Guzmán (Maturin) y al Proyecto Santa Teresita de la Asociación (Valencia.) Debido a una severa crisis económica, Venezuela experimenta una grave escasez de medicamentos y alimentos básicos en todo el país. Como consecuencia, miles de familias luchan todos los días por sobrevivir.  Esperamos que nuestros suministros puedan ayudar a aliviar la carga de un puñado de hogares de bajos ingresos.

El segundo objetivo es ampliar la cobertura periodista de Venezuela publicando historias de personas y organizaciones en Venezuela que están teniendo un impacto positivo en el país. En los últimos años, la cobertura mediática de Venezuela se ha centrado principalmente en sus historias negativas, creando el estereotipo de que violencia y hambre son todo lo que existe en el país. Esperamos con este objetivo comenzar a cambiar la forma en que venezolanos y personas de otros países ven a Venezuela. A pesar de los terribles eventos que ocurren en el país, todavía hay muchos ejemplos de esperanza, generosidad y humanidad. La gran mayoría de la gente en Venezuela ama a su país y lucha cada día por un futuro para ellos y sus familias.

Tu ayuda será crucial para el desarrollo de este proyecto contribuyendo no solo a ayudar a familias e individuos al borde de la inanición, sino también a reescribir la forma en que el mundo percibe a Venezuela.

Mira nuesta pagina web aqui:  www.venezuela180.org/es

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Update on Gofundme Review Process:

Recenltly, the Gofundme Team contacted Venezuela180 as they are reviewing all campaigns related to the crisis in Venezuela. Below are the answers to the questions they sent us:

1.       Who you are and where you are from

-          My name is Jimy Beltran, and I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela. I had the opportunity to live in countries like Colombia, Ecuador and Canada (where I currently reside) I am about to graduate from St. Thomas University with a BA in history and economics.

2.       Your relationship or contact with the parties you are raising funds for

-          Venezuela180 is a project I began building in August 2017 and I am currently the director. We have a dual mandate. First, we send food to Venezuela to two organizations: Project Santa Teresita from Sol Association (Valencia) and Parish Santo Domingo de Guzman (Maturin). Our second mandate is to highlight positive stories that are happening in the country. Most of the media coverage of the country has focused on its negative stories, creating the stereotype that only unrest and starvation exist in the country. We want to increase the visibility of organizations and people that are trying to make Venezuela a better place.

3.       How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)

-          Funds are spent in the following ways:

o   Food Shipment: Most of the money we raise is used to pay for transportation cost to send food to Venezuela. We use the services of a delivery company located in Houston, Texas who picks up our food boxes and sends them to Venezuela. The money is sent via a wire transfer from our bank account in Canada to their bank account in Houston to pay for their transportation services. All the food we send is donated so the money we raise is not using to buy food.

o   Journalists Honorarium: The remainder of the money is used to pay our journalist in Caracas, Venezuela a monthly honorarium thanking them for the work they do for us. The money is sent via a wire transfer from Canada to an account in the United States from our journalist leader. 

4.       Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies

-          The steps can be found on our website (Venezuela180.org), but I will outline them here

o   Step 1 Fundraiser: We fundraise in Canada through online channels such as GoFundme and fundraiser activities.

o   Step 2 Food Collection: While the fundraising stage happens, food is collected in the Houston, Texas in 4 collection center we have in the city.

o   Step 3 Shipment: Once we have collected enough food and it has been packed, we contact the delivery company, which invoices Venezuela180. The cost of the shipment depends on the amount and weight of our food boxes. A wire transfer is sent from Canada to the delivery company’s bank account in Houston using the money we raise in our Gofundme page.

o   Step 4 Distribution:  Once the payment has been received, the boxes of food are sent to Venezuela. They usually take 2-3 weeks to get to their destination in Valencia and Maturin.
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1.5 toneladas de comida han sido enviadas a Venezuela!

1.5 Tons of food have been sent to Venezuela!
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