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Action to help the elderly poor in Caracas, Venezuela

The Order’s Venezuelan Association organises vital meals and plans a healthcare centre

Caracas, 4 March 2019

Venezuelan Association supports elderly poor in Caracas

The Order’s Venezuelan Association has set up a hot meal service for thirty disadvantaged elderly in the metropolitan district of Caracas. Led by President Gaspare Lavegas, this first stage of the support programme is now in place, with a second phase planned to provide a healthcare centre, staffed by doctors working with the Order. The Association was founded in 1957, following the Order’s mission to care for those in most need. 

Food and company 

Venezuela’s economic, social and political crisis has forced many people to leave the country. Since September 2018, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency, Malteser International, has been providing aid and healthcare to thousands of refugees on the Colombia border.  

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