April 2022 – PIUAROMA, today is a blessed day and we want to share with you a little update about our partnership with Chamos for the trimestral from January to March, this news show you how they work hard to give hope to the Venezuelan child. 
We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Chamos on such an impactful social project, we will start this initiative to support education and healthcare in local community-focused organisations to provide hope and opportunities to children and young across the country. 
Chamos Chair Mariana and Chamos CSO Merren have just got back from a trip to Caracas, during which they visited a number of our projects and met with our partners and beneficiaries. Here, Mariana shares her reflections from the week... 
School Meals Programme 
The first stop on our trip was Niño Jesus de Praga school in Catia, where we provide 192 children with an arepa every day. This daily meal - which is nutritionally balanced to include all four basic food groups - not only improves the health of these children, but also gives them an incentive to attend school, and helps them concentrate while there. It was so lovely to meet the kids - polite, intelligent, ambitious children, who all told us that they love the arepa they get every morning. 
7 million Venezuelans are in need of humanitarian aid, we are so proud to get involve in social programs. 
The Oasis Project coming to life 
We also visited Nuestra Señora del Encuentro school, where the construction of the Oasis Project - which we fundraised for during Giving Tuesday last year - is now well underway! We spent two mornings with the children who designed the park to measure, build and decorate, finally making their dreams a reality. It was amazing to see how the park is progressing, but the highlight was meeting the kids - intelligent, ambitious and driven 13-year-olds - and hearing about their experiences of the project. Carli, who has been part of the Oasis Project since the beginning, said: “We have been wanting a park for 8 years and we’ve been working on it for 2. I can’t believe this is finally happening!”. For these children, the majority of whom come from very poor backgrounds, without many examples of aspirations or achievements, this park represents a huge accomplishment. 
Education for All 
We were also incredibly proud to attend the graduation of the second cohort of students from the Education Programme we began earlier this year. Through this programme, these 20 students - who all volunteer at community soup kitchens, and are mostly mothers of the children that receive daily meals there - have learnt the basics of education and teaching over the past 8 weeks. They will now take what they have learnt back to their communities, where they will set up their own 'education centres' to give extracurricular reading and writing support to children. The pandemic has meant that children have missed huge amounts of school in the past two years, and even now that schools are open again, the lack of teachers and resources means that most are only open two or three days a week. Community-led programmes like these are more important than ever to stop children being left behind - and it filled us with joy to celebrate these students' achievements with them and see how proud they were! 
We feel Blessed and happy to show you this amazing news about our partnership with Chamos and would like to say thank you for your support, for any purchase you make give them hope and help us to continue supporting Chamos in the School Meals Programme. To know more please visit https://www.chamos.org.uk/blogs/news/trip-to-caracas 
Thank you ! 

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