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£3,250
raised of £3,000 target by 70 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,250 to Help my family escape the humanitarian disaster in Venezuela and resettle in Mexico

    Londres, Reino Unido
    Funded on Friday, 1st September 2017

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    Hi everyone, my name is Juan, I am a violinist from Venezuela living in London. My country is seeing one of the darkest, saddest and most violent times it has ever experienced. The crisis there has reached levels that for us living in Europe are difficult to imagine. There is no food, and when there is, people have to queue for many hours. Inflation is currently at 720%. People are destitute. There are no medicines, the health system has collapsed, people are dying because of shortages of medicines or hunger. 

    I am trying to raise money to help my family leave Venezuela as soon as possible and move to Mexico where friends will help them to settle.

    Four months ago democracy was attacked and the National Assembly was dissolved. This decision triggered protests all over the country.

    Recent events have confirmed our worst fears: that Venezuela is now a dictatorial regime. The capital city Caracas, where my family live, is the most dangerous city in the country, with people being killed daily by the regime. Until now over 130 people have been murdered by police and army. Thousands are imprisoned and tortured.

    In May this year, seeing all that was happening, I decided to go to Venezuela to support my family, friends and fellow countrymen who bravely take to the streets of Venezuela every day to protest and protect the freedom and human rights of our people. When I arrived in Caracas, it was shocking to see all the poverty, the fear and the destitution. In Caracas, water flows only two or three days a week for about four hours. Basics such as toilet paper, shampoo, soap or sanitary towels are almost impossible to find. People queue for hours to buy bread or milk at inflated prices. Antibiotics and other medicines are also impossible to find. 

    People are dying.

    During my time in Caracas, I joined my sister Daniela and my 18 year old nephew Daniel at a peaceful protest that turned into a bloody nightmare, a nightmare that Venezuelans endure every day. The police shot stone bullets into the crowd, my nephew was shot in the neck. 

    It was very frightening. He was taken to a hospital and he survived, only to then have to escape the hospital to evade the police waiting at bedsides to arrest and then torture protesters. 

    That day I realized I had to take my nephew out of the country and I bought him a plane ticket for Mexico where I have friends who could look after him and help him to settle. He is really happy, he is going to start university in September and he is finally safe and enjoying life as a free young man.

    In the last two months, the situation has worsened dramatically and it is now extremely dangerous to remain in the country strangled by a criminal and murderous dictatorship.

    My mother, my sister, her husband and three children are still in Caracas where hope is ebbing away each day; The military and the police set fire to buildings, attack, arrest and torture ordinary people regardless of age or sex; I must help them leave the country as soon as possible before the window of opportunity is closed for ever.

    I want my two young nephews and 9 year old niece to have the chance to enjoy a happy and safe childhood. I want my mother to be able to access healthcare and meet basic needs, and my sister and her husband the chance to build a new future for their children in a safer environment.

    Inflation in Venezuela is currently at 720%. Average monthly income is $30(US) per month. People are destitute. A plane ticket to Mexico costs around $950(US) per person, visa costs and lawyer fees are very expensive. 

    Without my help my family will be in serious trouble. With your help I can help them.

    Thank you very much for reading.

    Yours sincerely, Juan

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    • Juan  Gonzalez Hernandez4 years ago
      Juan  Gonzalez Hernandez

      Juan Gonzalez Hernandez

      4 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      I wanted to let you all know my family got to Mexico today!! Thanks again everyone who very generously help me to achieve this amazing thing. I will be forever grateful!! Lots of love. Mi familia llegó hoy a México y quiero agradecer nuevamente a cada una de las personas que tan generosamente me ayudaron a hacer esto posible. Estaré eternamente agradecido con cada uno de ustedes. Abrazos

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    • Juan  Gonzalez Hernandez4 years ago
      Juan  Gonzalez Hernandez

      Juan Gonzalez Hernandez

      4 years ago

      Thank you very much all of you!! As soon as my family is in Mexico I will post pictures. Now fingers crossed everything goes well with immigration in Venezuela and in Mexico!!

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    • Juan  Gonzalez Hernandez4 years ago
      Juan  Gonzalez Hernandez

      Juan Gonzalez Hernandez

      4 years ago

      Hi, I wanted to let know that thanks to all of you my family will be traveling to Mexico on the 5th of September!! Thank you all very very much!! I will let you know when they get there. Many thanks. Juan

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    • Juan  Gonzalez Hernandez4 years ago
      Juan  Gonzalez Hernandez

      Juan Gonzalez Hernandez

      4 years ago

      Hi everyone, we have almost reached the amount we asked for and with that and the 390 pounds we collected from our fundraising concert I can afford 5 of the plane tickets for my family to leave Venezuela ( 3500 pounds) Hopefully they will leave the first week of September because earlier would be much more expensive or they would have had to apply for a visa to travel via United States and that would have been expensive and almost impossible to get the visas right now. Thank you very very much all of you and I will keep you updated. Juan

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    Supporters

    70

    • Adrián Barrera Ramos

      Adrián Barrera Ramos

      Aug 24, 2017

      La segunda parte que se juntó.Un abrazo

      £20.00

    • Adrián Barrera Ramos

      Adrián Barrera Ramos

      Aug 24, 2017

      Hola Juan!! Me alegra mucho que ya tengas la meta lista!! Y que bueno que puedas sacar a tu familia adelante. Te mandamos una pequeña ayuda de parte de amigos de Celaya y mía. Lo mejor siempre.

      £50.00

    • Clare Finnimore

      Clare Finnimore

      Aug 21, 2017

      Juan this is truly awful. Love and hope for your familyClare xx

      £50.00

    • Silvia Careddu

      Silvia Careddu

      Aug 20, 2017

      Dear Juan,I hope you can save your family from that tragedy.Thinking of you and all Venezuelians.Stay strong...

      £100.00

    • Clara Roff

      Clara Roff

      Aug 19, 2017

      Good luck Juan, it's unimaginable that this is happening to your family.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 15, 2017

      £10.00

    • Lidia Munoz

      Lidia Munoz

      Aug 14, 2017

      Que Dios te ayude y a tu familia. No es mucho, pero de corazon sirva.

      £5.00

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