Love network for La Guajira
The region of La Guajira is considered a paradise in the north of the country because of its diversity, the beauty of its landscapes and its cultural richness; but on the other hand, it also has the highest malnutrition rates in Colombia.
According to figures from the National Institute of Health (INS), in 2016 there were 84 deaths of children under five years of age associated with malnutrition; the department of La Guajira recorded the highest number with 22. The problem in this paradisiacal place is neither recent nor conjunctural. Beyond the differences related to the mortality figures for malnutrition and the controversies related to the reason for the deaths of children in this department, the reality is that in this place there is a humanitarian tragedy that affects the entire Wayúu ethnic group.
For this reason, in Colombia there is an organization that seeks to create a network of love to make a difference and help the people who need it most. The main objective of LOVENET is to connect people and weave a network that brings love, water and nutrition to children in three different communities in La Guajira.
“La Guajira chose us”
Angela Aguirre, president and founder of LOVENET, told KienyKe.com that this initiative was a call from her soul, since all her life she has been dedicated to being a businesswoman and managing a family restaurant, but for years she wanted to leave a mark and a legacy in the world and thus created a space for people to stop being spectators of the reality of this region of the country and start helping people who are in a state of vulnerability.
When we started LoveNet we did not have a clear idea of where we were going to work and La Guajira chose us. Since we arrived there we have obtained many positive results, although they are very cautious because they have been promised a lot without any solution. – Said Ángela Aguirre
This organization was inspired by a U.S. project that lasted more than 10 years and was in 20 countries bringing nutrition to more than seven million people around the world. Angela Aguirre wanted to bring this model to the country and so they began to develop a nutritional formula with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that a child requires for optimal development. This formula is mixed with water and given to the most in need once a day.
“This product is making a difference in these children, because we are changing their lives. We have reached almost a thousand children in three different communities, and in this way we guarantee that at least they have something to eat, since there are children who spend the day with only a little water, corn and chicha” – the founder said in an interview with this newspaper.
The delivery of these nutritional formulas and clean water tanks is done through the indigenous authorities, they decide in which schools they are distributed and which adults receive the product, which is the first response to malnutrition, but they always try to give priority to children since resources are limited.
Lovenet is an independent and inclusive organization. It brings together people and companies whose mission is to contribute certain percentages of their activities. They also carry out fundraising strategies such as events or the sale of Love Vouchers (another type of donation).
With donations of $5 a child is fed for a week in your name, with $20 a child is fed for a month. Such donations can be made through the purchase of our Love Vouchers. We try to create awareness so people understand the importance of doing something without expecting anything in return. – Concluded Ángela Aguirre
LoveNet seeks to create a global network of love and remind everyone that we are connected, we just need to take a step and make a difference in the world. If you want to contribute to this project you can visit the website https://lovenet.org