AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Caritas publishes 2020 annual report: Almost 10 million people were supported

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 caritas   coronavirus   social situation  

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - The Caritas annual report for 2020, published by the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference, shows that a total of 9,578,174 people were able to benefit directly and indirectly from the various social assistance programs. The focus was also on psychosocial support, which is an essential part of Caritas' work. At the same time, the most disadvantaged families in the country were supplied with food and, as a result of the corona pandemic, with protective and hygiene material. Projects to improve access to clean water and health services have also been carried out and implemented as part of the "Water for All, Life for All" solidarity campaign. A total of a million water filters were distributed. Last but not least, drug distribution and social services centers were opened in various parts of the country. Caritas offers special programs for migrants whose reception and care is to be guaranteed. In cooperation with volunteers who specialize in pediatric medicine, the care of children with malnutrition was offered. With regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, Caritas launched an awareness-raising campaign in which compliance with measures to contain the spread of the virus was promoted and instruments to protect personal health were distributed. Innovative means have been used to develop training on human rights, the social doctrine of the Church, the teaching office of the Church and management in times of crisis and with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic. Caritas Venezuela currently has a network of 37 Caritas offices in the dioceses and 580 Caritas offices in the parishes, in which 20,000 volunteers work. "Each of the people who collaborate with the institution, as well as the humanitarian organizations that support it, become the weapons that allow Caritas of Venezuela to be 'the caress of the Church' in times of the hardship that the country is going through", concludes the statement. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 20/01/2021)