While the challenges are immense, through the Wayuu Taya foundation, we strive precisely to make life better by bringing food, access to health, access to education to the most vulnerable, in localities along the border between Venezuela and Colombia.
Eight months ago, through the Wayuu Taya Foundation in collaboration with Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen Foundation, The Clinton Foundation and Giustra Enterprise Partnership, we started the implementation of a weekly food program aimed at Wayuu indigenous children. A total of 13 schools, 18 communities from this municipality are served, covering a total of 6.294 children and adolescents with zero resources.
These actions have had very concrete benefits for the communities:
1. Increase in class attendance by students as they receive 1 to 2 plates of food daily.
2. Reduction of cases of malnutrition in schools and communities benefiting from humanitarian aid.
3. Slower diaspora of Wayuu families to Colombia, since the main factor causing displacement to another country is the lack of food and medicine.
4. A total of 183.504 food dishes have been prepared during these months benefitting directly 6.294 children from schools and communities and hundreds more indirectly.
5. Permanent nutrition assessment sessions have been carried out where numerous cases of extreme malnutrition were detected in children between the ages of 6 months to 3 years old.