Venezuela | 2021 | CBPF
Venezuela,Anzoategui, Bolivar, Capital-Miranda, Delta Amacuro, and Zulia states. “People are worried about money. It’s the first thing they have on their mind,” says Malena Llanes, a volunteer and a participant in the “AgeHumProject,” a project of CONVITE.
Malena goes door-to-door asking older people in her neighborhood what they need—and she shares information on where they can get help.
CONVITE, a Venezuelan NGO, received funding from the Venezuelan Humanitarian Fund to reach vulnerable older people, including older indigenous people, with nutrition, vision health, and other basic medical care in Anzoategui, Bolivar, Capital-Miranda, Delta Amacuro, and Zulia states.
Outreach volunteers, including Malena, help make sure people know about and can access the available services.
People in this part of Venezuela are living through the seventh year of economic contraction, aggravated by the global pandemic, political tensions and increasing violence. Older people are vulnerable, as they often have physical disabilities, specific health, and nutritional needs, or are isolated from friends and family.
“I like to help people—I see the conditions in which they live. They learn from me, but I learn more from them. I like to see their smile, and the shine in their eyes when they see us coming,” Malena says.