The Simon Bolivar Foundation, a private non-profit organization of the CITGO Petroleum Corporation, entered into grant agreements with these three internationally recognized non-profit organizations, AID FOR AIDS International, Food For The Poor, Inc. and The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), to donate $1 million as part of its Medium and Large Grants for Humanitarian Assistance Program.
These grant agreements mark an important milestone for the Foundation’s new approach to providing grants to help with Venezuela’s complex humanitarian crisis, build capacity, transfer knowledge and empower non-governmental organizations that help the most vulnerable, especially those that focus on Venezuelan mothers and children at home and abroad.
They also represent a great help for the millions of Venezuelans who are today suffering the effects of the worst humanitarian crisis in the history of the region, which has been deepened by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. This humanitarian emergency has not only affected Venezuelans living within the national territory, it has also caused millions of Venezuelans to cross borders in search of better living conditions and health care. For that reason, grant programs like this one, mean a great help for the most vulnerable people inside and outside the country.
Beneficiary organizations not only have proven experience with humanitarian aid and a longstanding presence in Latin America but also have a track record of exemplary performance thanks to a strong distribution and support network with which they can reach vulnerable populations in the region.
The Medium and Large Grants for Humanitarian Assistance Program includes grants ranging from $250,000 to $500,000 with projects taking up to one year to complete. Participation is limited to 501 (c)(3) organizations, registered in the U.S. or qualifying as foreign public charities, with an extensive record of providing humanitarian aid and capable of carrying out projects that address the challenging conditions of Venezuela and the region. Qualified organizations were invited to submit proposals that were evaluated by an external panel of experts and selected by the Simon Bolivar Foundation based on certain criteria, including: fulfillment of the Foundation’s objective of providing access to medicines; nutrition and welfare to vulnerable people affected by Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis; budget and profitability; project impact; time frame and sustainability over time.
AID FOR AIDS International will use its grant for its Healing Venezuela program that aims to provide nutritional supplements to 6,000 needy children and adolescents in five states and the Capital District – in Venezuela – for six months. AID FOR AIDS International is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to empowering communities at risk. It was founded in 1996 to recycle unused and unexpired Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) drugs and redistribute them to patients in need around the world. Years of work with pharmaceutical companies and United Nations agencies allowed it to expand its reach and create a program called Healing Venezuela that provides humanitarian aid to vulnerable mothers and children in Venezuela.
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will provide 1.4 metric tons of medicine to help 7,000 vulnerable Venezuelans for six months. PADF is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create a hemisphere of opportunity for all. For nearly 60 years, it has helped the most vulnerable communities by investing resources in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, it has established agreements with civil society, governments, and the private sector, all for the well-being of the region. PADF has been implementing a regional response to the Venezuelan migration crisis since 2018.
Food For The Poor, Inc. will use the funds received to implement a food assistance program under COVID-19, to assist 36,000 Venezuelan migrants in Bogotá and Cúcuta, Colombia. Food for the Poor, Inc. is a Christian organization that provides food, emergency assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, shelter, assistance for orphaned and abandoned children, care for the elderly, skills training, and assistance for micro-enterprise development, mainly to 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Hoy anunciamos la donación de 1 millón de dólares, a través de nuestro programa de Subvenciones Medianas y Grandes, a las ONG @AIDFORAIDSINTL, @FoodForThePoor y @PADForg, para ayudar ante la Emergencia Humanitaria Compleja de #Venezuela.
— Fundación Simón Bolívar (@FundacionSBve) August 11, 2020