News from FUNDAMOST (Fundación Árbol de Mostaza)
In May the Riester medical equipment company generously
donated a box full of
pressure cuffs and other
instruments for us to send
to Venezuela. Dr. Melyber
Rivero distributed them to
medical residents and
doctors in the Hospital
General del Sur where she
is doing her residency. Our
MTM Missions Director
Rubén Turtulici also took a
stethoscope to Dr. José
Valera who works in the
Children’s Hospital in
Doctors in Venezuela are not paid enough to afford to buy their
own stethoscopes and they were all overjoyed to be blessed with
STETHOSCOPES FOR DOCTORS
In the midst of the crisis in Venezuela,
Fundamost is helping meet needs by taking food
and basic supplies to families in need and
donated medical supplies to clinics and
paramedics. For more on Fundamost ministry,
go to the News Archives here.
Rubén is tutoring 10 children (preschool &
elementary) in the afternoons in his home - his
“escuelita” (little school). Most of these children
come hungry because they don’t have enough
to eat at home, so Mely fixes them a nutritious
snack. Rubén is also teaching adult English
classes. Fundamost helpers, José and Keiner
teach guitar to kids and adults. Rubén and Mely
are helping young people like José and Keiner
with the cost of their college tuition. Although
the state university is free, José and Keiner
need to attend private colleges for their field of
studies. (see more in News Archive)
Thanks to help from our ministerial fellowship,
Liberty Fellowship, Rubén now has a car which
enables him and Mely to distribute food and
supplies and take people to church.
Many supplies are donated here in the U.S. and
shipped to them. But even though prices are
extremely high for Venezuelans, with the
exchange rate, many things can be bought
down there for less than it costs us to buy and
ship from here.
(Click on the photos to enlarge.)
If you would like to help Fundamost continue to help hungry and hurting
people in Venezuela, click “Donate” to give via PayPal.
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Update from Ruben - August 31, 2017 - "Right now, the hardest thing for us
to mentally process on a daily basis is that our neighbors are hungry, and
there is nothing we can do about it. Sometimes we fast in order to share food
with our neighbors. Food is both scarce and expensive, which makes it hard
for the average person to obtain.
Sometimes people might technically have money in the bank but cannot
access it. Banks are often closed due to lack of cash. The general feeling
when you go out in the street is desperation.
The children in our neighborhood are not only suffering physically but also
emotionally and psychologically. They need education, care, and hope for the
future. We use the few resources we have in our hands to provide a light of
hope for the children and young people of our community. We have created
an after-school program in our home, where we reinforce learning
deficiencies in reading and writing, always motivating the children to succeed
in spite of their circumstances. Currently we have 10 children (preschool &
elementary) and five young adults. We also created a musical school for 2
children and 3 young adults. These programs are designed to develop skills
that contribute to improving the lives of children and young people in our
community. We believe in education as the main resource our nation needs to
December 5, 2017 - Christmas party at “La Escuelita”.
6/15/18 - Mely & Rubenwith a box of supplies that had just
arrived in Venezuela. Please consider donating toward the
purchase of needed items for the boxes we send regularly.
Thanks to a recent
donation, we were able to
send funds to a ministry in
Barquisimeto that is feeding
over 100 children daily.
9/3/18 - Supplies & Medicines
Thanks to generous donations, we just sent another box of
supplies to Maracaibo. Vitamins, acetaminophen, toothpaste,
soap, deodrant, and feminine hygience products were among the
items sent for distribution by FUNDAMOST.
FUNDAMOST recently used some of the monetary donations
received to buy hard-to-find and expensive medicine for kids who
were anemic and had pneumonia.
Thank you to all who have giving so generously to help us help
those suffering in Venezuela!
December 2018 - FUNDAMOST has been helping Iglesia Dios Admirable de Zulia
(Admirable God Church of Zulia) with their feeding program. Drs. Daniela and Luis
Rodriguez, a husband and wife team, have been feeding from 80 to 120 children, youth
and some adults each week. FUNDAMOST is trying to help with the cost of $400 per
month which increases daily. We appreciate the generous donations we have received to
help feed hungry Venezuelans.
FUNDAMOST is also helping 3 young men finish their undergraduate studies at
a university in Maracaibo. All 3 are entering their last semester of studies.
Tuition has increased enormously due to the crisis and they will not finish
without our help.
We sent another box filled with basic supplies and food to
Maracaibo in February 2019. If you’d like to help us send
boxes of supplies to be distributed to those in need, please
use the “Donate” button above to give via PayPal. Just write
“Venezuela” in the notes section. All donations are tax-
In April and May 2019, we sent
3 boxes of supplies to
Maracaibo - OTC medicines &
vitamins, toiletries, school
supplies and some solar
power lights & chargers. The
Riester medical company
donated a large box full of
stethoscopes and a few other
instruments. We sent most of
them to Dr. Mely Rivero in
Maracaibo who will distribute
them to other doctors. Most
doctors in Venezuela cannot
afford to buy their own. We are
also sending some to the
“Venezuela Now” medical
clinic in Barquisimeto.
Thanks to some generous
donors, Ruben was able to buy
a generator which is helping
him keep his refrigerator and
electrical devices running and
charged during these times of
power outages of up to 22
hours a day. But gasoline to
run it is getting scarce and
stations are only open when
they have electricity.