I will keep this page pinned.
Three of the children we are helping out with. We've been sending money but since I can't drive a taxi anymore it's really not quite enough and we're trying to make a big leap here in self-sufficiency with the farm so please check out these little videos and read this page.
Later I'll be getting and posting videos of the food that Daniel is going to buy in Cucuta with the money I just sent by Western Union along with some seeds and the doodad to cut down the grass so planting can get started. Amaranth seeds are what hopefully he can get because as a crop amaranth is not too difficult to plant and harvest (grows in 4 - 5 months). Also the seeds are a great protein food that have all the essential amino acids and the leaves are good too.
Some of the family lives in the state of Vargas which was the scene of a terrible landslide in the early days of Hugo Chavez' presidency. As you can see the place is physically unstable. I am not an engineer and I don't know if the situation is salvageable. They live in that white house on the hill. From the condition of the road you can tell that the place is slowly descending.
Downtown San Cristobal a Border Town on the Venezuelan side of the Colombian border. You can see there's practically no traffic and that's before the crisis now. The economy is dead.
This food is supposed to last a month for 7 people so yes I am asking you to kick in my gofundme campaign. It's not just to buy food, it's to produce it Not only for food but for farm equipment to produce food which Venezuela needs - people producing food on the land. Depending on certain circumstances including the success of this campaign I'll be going down there to live.
You will see in the video above what these two boys looked like in September when they couldn't stay at home any longer so they went to stay with their uncle Daniel because certain circumstances didn't allow for them to be cared for at home.
I tried to make a video of me getting $140 from the bank and sending it along with $100 I had already taken out of my social security check and sending $232 via Western Union to Cucuta, Colombia. That's a border town that is what you might imagine a town in Colombia on the Venezuelan border to be. Daniel will pick it up but not today he's in bed with a fever. He'll get the Colombian pesos, which are now the defacto currency in the Venezuelan border state of Tachira. But he isn't going to bring that money into Venezuela. He is going to buy groceries, seeds for crops but you can't get in Venezuela too simply , and a doodad that he can use to hack away that grass that has overgrown the farm so he can plant the seeds and the kids that you see up on top of this page can have some good food. I expect he's going to send some pictures from Cucuta which I'll put on this page when he feels up to the journey. But I wanted you to see the kids and I wanted you to understand that this is legit I'm sending money so that they can keep eating.
Daniel is in Cucuta right now. He left the Western Union office It is almost 12:30 in the afternoom here in New York I'll be adding updates.
Feb. 1 Daniel dragged himself 2 to get the money we sent buy some food, some seeds, and a weed cutter. Things didn't exactly work out.
It seems he had bad information about how much the weed cutter was going to cost and also he did not feel too safe taking selfies and schlepping bags of food and a farm implement around Cucuta.
FEB. 2, 2019: Daniel bought mainly $100 worth of beans and platanos which fill up the belly.
And so the bottom line is they are going to hire a guy who has the weed chopper and they got to pay him and feed him while he works on the farm.
If anybody wants to send clothes especially children's clothes could be used not too important and blankets and sheets for beds and I guess canned food the address is above in San Cristobal, Tachira, Venezuela. Folks, I want to buy the weed chopper or at least be able to hire the guy who is in business with one and keep feeding this family until they are self sufficient on the farm.
February 14, 20019
Things went south a little bit. Daniel's smart phone totally died. He needs to get a news battery, probably in Cucuta if the border remains open. Please help with this project.