At HBI, we talk a lot about building bridges. We've made a huge difference and been able to serve thousands of people, not because of our multimillion dollar budget - but because we are in partnership with so many different groups. These are the bridges that make the difference. These are the points of connection that allow the impact of our efforts to be expanded and multiplied.
Yesterday we received a WhatsApp message from a partner in the city of Ica. She was working at the local hospital and noticed a man living in a tent on the grounds. She asked about the situation and found out the man is from Venezuela He was recently diagnosed with a terminal cancer. He's been living in the experience of homelessness since the pandemic started. A few weeks back, the hospital allowed him to set-up a tent on their property. They've been helping with food.
He told our partner he wants to go back to Venezuela to die. She reached out to us to see if we could help. Immediately our team connected with partners in immigration advocacy, Venezuelan rights and support groups. We also provided the money to help rent an apartment and link the gentlemen into care.
We are going to work with an advocacy group to help him get home to Venezuela - once he is strong enough.
We build bridges. That's what we do. And, whether those bridges are to new knowledge and skills for healthcare professionals, bridges to advance child welfare services, or bridges to opportunities and hope . . . we build bridges.
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