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Compassion Canada Calls Attention to Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis

by Audrey Hazel

December 3 is the Global Tuesday’s Feedback Day. During Tuesday ’s donation, the funds raised will help children and families provide much-needed food, medicine, and sanitation.

London, ON (Merxwire) – Have you ever encountered a dangerous moment? Imagine that you have only 30 seconds to escape the house, you may never return, and if you do n’t leave, you may die. So, what will you take when you leave?

A few months ago, a Venezuelan teenager named Jesus faced this terrible problem when he and his family were forced to flee. Jesus said that that night, someone broke into their street with a gun and killed the woman next door. Jesus said, “We have to cross forests and rivers as a last resort, because normal crossings are closed.”

In a matter of hours, the lives of Jesus and his family were thrown into despair. They left Venezuela with the clothes on their backs. “Everything was chaos,” says Jesus, who left with his younger brothers, mother and stepfather.

Thankfully, they were assisted by members of a local church that partners with Compassion Canada when they arrived in Colombia. At the Compassion centre, the family received food, medical assistance and were protected from violence and abuse that migrant families are vulnerable to. The tangible love of Jesus that the church showed changed their story of despair into a story of hope.

“The love and support provided by our local church partners in the border city of Cucuta, Colombia is helping to meet the physical, relational, and spiritual needs of children and families who desperately need it,” notes Allison Alley, President and CEO of Compassion Canada. “They are doing all they can to take in and care for these refugees, but their resources are running thin, so we’re asking Canadians to help.”

On December 3, which is Giving Tuesday–a global day of giving back–Compassion has set a fundraising goal of $80,000 to help its local partners provide much needed relief and recovery. “Funds raised will go directly to help children and families experiencing the turmoil of displacement on the Venezuela/Colombia border,” says Alley.

More than 4.5 million Venezuelan citizens have fled their country due to ongoing humanitarian crisis. Every day, at least 3,000 of these refugees arrive in Cucuta, Colombia, in what the UN describes as the largest exodus in the region’s recent history.

About the urgent help his family received from Compassion, Jesus says: “I felt that we were not alone anymore.” The aim of Compassion Canada’s Giving Tuesday campaign is to migrate despair into hope, delivering care in the same way that Jesus and his family experienced critical support.

More information please visit: http://www.compassion.ca/givingtuesday

SOURCE Compassion Canada

Media Contact Information:

Company Name: Compassion Canada
Email: info@compassion.ca
Country: Canada
Website: https://www.compassion.ca/

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