The Venezuelan Community in Ireland was born from the idea of having a strong and united community of people whose vision is to work towards the integration of the Venezuelans living in Ireland into the Irish society and to promote the Venezuelan culture, customs, and values in the country. Additionally, our organisation strives to support people in vulnerable conditions in Venezuela to improve their living situation.
**The Venezuelan Community in Ireland is a proud member
of New Communities Partnership**
What we Do?
The main aims for which VCI was established and we work towards, are:
- To work towards the integration of the Venezuelans living in Ireland into the Irish society.
- To promote Venezuelan culture, customs, and values in the country.
- To positively influence the lives of the Venezuelans living in Ireland through support, plans, and activities.
- To provide information to the community members about support and services available in Ireland that could be of benefit to them.
- To improve the flow of information about events, projects, and resources that could be of interest to the VCI.
- To encourage participation from community members in activities and projects that could promote their integration into the Irish society.
- To build a unity among community members to ensure a strong ownership of the VCI.
- To support people living in vulnerable conditions in Venezuela.
Integration with other communities
As part of our plan of integration with the Irish culture, we are part of different events and also promote the Venezuelan culture with the dance organisation “Raices de Venezuela”.
We have participated in a series of events, aimed to inform and create awareness about the current situation in Venezuela, among these ones:
As a non-profit organisation, we develop, plan and execute different events with the objective to collect money and help Venezuelans who are in aid. The events are organised by our volunteers and funded by sponsors and organisations that collaborate with services, goods and more.
See our events here
Thanks to the support of the community in our fundraising events, in our first year managed to accomplished the following:
- 2 boxes of various medicines and first aid supplies were delivered to First Aid UCV.
- 7 boxes containing diapers, first aid supplies, and baby formulas were delivered to “Hogar San Antonio” through Programa de Ayuda Humanitaria para Venezuela.
- 11 boxes of medical supplies and medicines were delivered to “Fundacion Policlinico la Viña”, through Programa de Ayuda Humanitaria para Venezuela.
- 3 boxes of first aid supplies were delivered to “Fundacion Casa Ana” through Programa de Ayuda Humanitaria para Venezuela.
- 2 boxes of different types of medicines and first aid supplies were delivered to First Aid Tachira.
- 85 children, most of them suffering from malnutrition, received a nutritious meal through in a disadvantaged community in Naiguatá, Venezuela. This was possible from the money collected in Ireland for Dale la Mano a un Hermano.
- 90 people from a disadvantaged community in San Antonio, Vargas, Venezuela, were able to enjoy a proper meal. This was possible from the money collected in Ireland for Dale la Mano a un Hermano.
- 100 people living in vulnerable conditions in the locality of Naiguatá, Venezuela, were fed with a nutritious meal. This was possible from the money collected in Ireland for Dale la Mano a un Hermano.
Besides the all of the events we proudly host, we also have the pleasure to collaborate and be part of other fantastic activities organised by other groups and communities living in Ireland. Some of them have the vision to unify the different nationalities part of this country and others to offer support to those in need, which are significant steps towards integration.
Photo Exhibition: Indulgent Fighting for Freedom, organised by IgersDublin. August 2017
BlueFire Festival, organised by BlueFire. September 2017
Copa America Ireland 2017, organised by Latin America.ie. October 2017.
Radio Latina & Alma Boliviana Anniversary, organised by Radio Latina and Alma Boliviana. October 2017.
Pray for Venezuela, organised by Dublin Christian Mission. August and November 2017
Novena de Navidad, organised by Comunidad de Catolicos Hispanos en Irlanda. December 2017.
Gaitazo, organised by Allegro Andante. December 2017.
Question Our Series II: Turmoil in Venezuela, UCD Politics and International Relations Society. November 2017.
Fundraising for Mexico – Earthquake relief, organised by Mexican Community. September 2017.
We would like to thank all of the above hosts for inviting us to their amazing initiatives, and we look forward to continue working together to celebrate a rich multicultural community in Ireland.
Organisations we support
We work with different organisations outside Ireland to aid people leaving in vulnerable conditions in Venezuela. The organisations are our link to Venezuela while we develop more ways to support our country.
Programa de Ayuda Humanitaria para Venezuela (PAHPV)
PAHPV is a non-profit organisation, funded and registered as a Charity in the United States, which seeks to receive donations of much needed medical supplies and carefully send them to Venezuela. This organisation provides the received medical support to over well-established Charities that distribute them along the country at no cost to the recipient.
This organisation sends in a year time over 100k kg of medical supplies and medicines to Venezuela.
Dale la Mano a Un Hermano
This is a recent non-profit initiative that was created in Bogotá, Colombia by a group of Venezuelan volunteers who decided to create a long term sustainable idea to support Venezuela by sending medicine or providing food to disadvantaged groups in the country. The idea consists in receiving donations with a minimum price that is later translated into a colourful bracelet with the Venezuelan map, or a mobile pocket that is gifted to the donor.
Only until November 2017, this organisation has received donations for 18,000 bracelets, and 1,000 mobile pockets, which translates in $140,000 USD raised for Venezuela.
Primeros Auxilios UCV (First Aid UCV)
First Aid UCV is an organisation born in 2014 that works providing medical aid to people affected in situations of social commotion or natural disasters in the Capital District of Venezuela. This group is formed by professionals and students of medicine, odontology, nursing, rescue and others, of the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Primeros Auxilios Tachira (First Aid Tachira)
First Aid UCV is an organisation that works providing medical aid to people affected in situations of social commotion or natural disasters in Tachira, Venezuela. This group is also formed by professionals and students of medicine, odontology, nursing, rescue and others, of the Universidad de los Andes, Tachira.
Projects & Cultural Space
Raices de Venezuela
In VCI we are proud of our Venezuelans traditions, and we believe that a significant way to work towards our integration is to showcase our culture in this society that has opened the doors for us. To do so, we created a dance group called “Raices de Venezuela”, Roots of Venezuela in English, to be able to share our rich and vast dances, music, rhythms, and traditions with the different communities living in this country.
Our group of dance volunteers rehearse every Tuesday evening, and works in creating colourful and fun dances that bring the best of our traditions.
Raices de Venezuela, has produced over 5 dances and has been invited to over 10 events to present their cultural productions. Some of the most relevant events are:
- Bluefire Fest in Smithfield, organised by Bluefire. (September 2017)
- Human Rights Celebration (November 2017)
- Intercultural Family Day, organised by New Communities Partnership. (July and December 2017)
- Latin American Fest, organised by Radio Latina and Latin America.ie. (December 2017)
- “Peruvian Independence Fiesta”, organised by Peruvian Irish Community Association (July )
By participating in this events, we have been able to build strong links and connections with communities such as Peruvian, Bolivian, Irish, South African, Indian, and Latvian, which has allowed us to share and create a space of integration and multiculturalism that reflects the wonderful Ireland of today.
If you want to have an amazing performance of Venezuelan dances in your event or if you want to be part of this great team, feel free to contact our dance group “Raices de Venezuela” at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a group of multi-disciplinary people, nationalities and background that volunteer and team up to bring VCI objectives to life. More than a team, we consider ourselves a family.
Support Services Available
We do not offer legal support, however, there a different private and public organisations that provide support services to any person living in Ireland. Here you can find links of some of the organisations we know:
Money Sent to Venezuela (€)
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Past VCI Events
This is a showcase of our events in 2017
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