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Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Health, Humanities, International, International Development, International Relief, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: To help improve lives of Latin American indigenous communities while maintaining and respecting their traditions ,culture and beliefs.

Results: The construction de la UEN. Nerio Emiro Semprun Polanco “Tepichi Talatshi”. The elaboration of the first technological dictionary in wayuunaiki Construction of more school rooms, labs, libraries, sport grounds and kitchens in the Way region 29 schools and 18 communities and 8 institutions are benefited directly through our health and nutrition programs. More than 5 health drives annually Reduction of malnourishment cases in the communities that Wayuu Taya works.. Increase in class attendance by students as they receive 1 to 2 plates of food daily at our schools. Slower diaspora of Wayuu families to Colombia, since the main factor causing displacement to another country is the lack of food and medicine. A total of 773,760 meals have been prepared during these months benefitting directly 10,345 people Nutrition assessment sessions were carried out where numerous cases of extreme malnutrition were detected in children between the ages of 6 months to 3 years old.

Target demographics: Improve the lives of indigenous communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12000 Children

Geographic areas served: Latin American Indigenous Communities

Programs: Human services programs: to cordinate and execute plans regardingnutrition,health, education, and work opportunities of latin americanindigenous people of the venezuelan guajira region.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the most wonderful life experiences has been to have the opportunity to contribute with this beautiful foundation, which today is part of my family. Thank you Patricia for the opportunity and I invite all those who wish to collaborate with our cause Wayuu Taya, to be participants in the great transformations that can be achieved with just a little.

Marinelly Chiquinquira Fuenmayor C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the most wonderful life experiences has been to have the opportunity to contribute with this beautiful foundation, which today is part of my family. Thank you Patricia for the opportunity and I invite all those who wish to collaborate with our cause Wayuu Taya, to be participants in the great transformations that can be achieved with just a little.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to all those who with their effort and dedication give quality of life and happiness to those who need it. Wayuu Taya example of human quality ...

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years it has seen the hard work that this foundation has done for the benefit of indigenous communities. I have participated in various activities and it was a nice experience to share very close to the boys and girls who benefited from the Wayuu Taya programs. Thank you for such a beautiful experience, I wish you many successes to continue helping those who need it most.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am fortunate to belong to the Wayuutaya Foundation team and to be able to live wonderful experiences that have made me grow even more as a human being by the hand of a very special being like my beautiful @WayuuPrincess. United we are more ... !!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Luckily, I had the great opportunity to work with this incredible foundation, I could see closely the great effort that each of the members put into each task with much dedication and love, and of course, The amazing Patricia, she's an amazing person with a big heart and with ability to give everything for his team and for each child who is benefited by this foundation.
I wish them all the best in the future and I'll always be pleased to work with these incredible people who bright up our day.
I wish you all the best

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to the WAYUU TAYA foundation for such a beautiful and noble work that they have been carrying out for years, filling each of our boys and girls with joy and joy, by donating food, medicine, and toys for each of the cultural activities. and recreational, Blessings for this foundation and its allies, it is worth mentioning that I have been a volunteer of this foundation for several years, thank you for allowing me to be part of you and collaborate with such beautiful work, Blessings and many successes

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 2003 I have been a volunteer of this great Foundation, now I feel blessed to continue participating day by day in the activities they carry out in schools and communities that benefit thousands of Wayuu children in La Guajira.
Thank you Wayuu Taya Foundation for being part of our municipality and having changed the lives of many people. God bless you always.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the timeshare as part of the volunteering it has been a wonderful experience because I do what I like, being able to help my countrymen and being able to spend pleasant moments with them, one of the best things is to bring them moments of joy. Seeing those gratifying smiles is one of the best experiences because a child is a seed ready to bear fruit and our actions as adults should help them to germinate, grow, expand and illuminate the earth. I thank God for the people who make all this possible and for allowing me to be part of this wonderful mission carried out by the wayuu taya foundation together with its team and communities. God bless you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm very happy because this is a wonderful institution to help a lot of people. More people like theses needs the world.

2 Manuel M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with this incredible nonprofit foundation, I knew Patricia Velasquez and I am a witness of all the hard work that everyone does here. Please, donate and help too many kids with their education and food. In middle of this pandemic, we can offer help to each others. Thanks.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WT Foundation created an oasis of hope in the middle of the difficult social-economical-political environment of the wayúu people. Thanks for taking care of the ever forgotten ones by the government of Venezuela. I don't know how the beneficiares of this foundation could struggle without them. God bless WT Foundation!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Wayuu Taya Foundation does remarkable work in Venezuela. This foundation is one of the most caring and passionate non-profits I have ever worked with. I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with them and then a later opportunity to work as an architect in their infrastructure programs. I am impressed with their organization, their perseverance, their connection with the indigenous communities they serve, and with the listening stance they employ, so that community leaders and participants are heard. As part of humanitarian help, among others programs, they are now working to bring food to Wayuu indigenous children, with the implementation of a weekly food program serving 13 schools and 18 communities. I can't say enough about the great work this organization does. They are worthy of support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been seeing this wonderful nonprofit, helping children day by day, I am very proud to see the impact they have in helping all the most vulnerable with food, with health, with education, giving the opportunity of thousands of kids survive the poorest situation in Venezuela. Thank you to the crew behind this wonderful cause, specially to Patricia Velasquez. A Beautiful Cause is Successful with The Help of All.

5 Maria L.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience with Wayuu Taya has been incredible, each and every one of the volunteers has been a fundamental part of all this magic. Help the needy, giving children education. God uses our hands to do his works. We keep changing tears for smiles.

4 Bracho M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of the Wayuu Taya Foundation volunteering has been one of the best experiences for me. Thank you for all the moments lived with the Wayuu children.

I will always be willing to collaborate with such noble work done by this incredible Foundation.
God bless you


Marianyelis Bracho

Review from Guidestar

Pamela Lynn C.

Donor

Rating: 5

To understand the heart of The Americas you must look into the eyes of the Indigenous people who know it best. My mother comes from the Ngoble Bugle (Guaymie) of Panama and seeing the beautiful faces of the Wayuu reminds me that we must - MUST take care of them in every way we can. I love Patricia for giving back - for creating this foundation so we can all help wherever we can. Gracias Patricia - por ser un ejemplo de amor y de ser una mujer tan bella - por dentro tanto como afuera. Te mando saludos desde Panama. Aqui te dejo con unos fotos de mi ultima visita con los Chocoi. Son perfectos no? Besos y abrazos a todos los Wayuu y a todos quien estan ayudando educarlos, alimentarlos y cuidarlos. Bendiciones - Pamela

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Wayuu Taya Foundation, a non-profit non-governmental organization, oriented towards the social welfare of indigenous peoples and communities in Latin America, promotes social programs and projects framed in respect, preservation, culture and indigenous worldview.
Now, my name is Raiza Cambar, for almost 9 years, as Coordinator of Social Development, working at the Wayuu Taya Foundation, I keep in my mind and heart my best experiences of life, passionate and with vocation for service in the Social Work area, to interact and work day by day in the social context in a direct way, based on the attention of our indigenous children and women. Likewise, each of the people who have been and are an important part of carrying out this process in favor of our Wayuu brothers, God bless you always.
The invitation is for all those people, organizations and institutions of goodwill, to join the social cause Wayuu Taya and thus be able to contribute with many children who need a helping hand, so we will be working the good man and woman of tomorrow, since Supporting them in their education is the key to a better future.
Contribute to the Wayuu Taya social cause and you will participate in



Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

Proud of this organization, they never stopped helping, caring, for others, their labor is inspiring the world. Patricia Velasquez is a human with sensibility and I love everything she is doing for others to help.

5 andrecelis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of the Wayuutaya Foundation has been a unique experience; I had the honor of sharing with the children of the community of Los Lechosos in the Mara Town where they received computer classes in their own language the "Wayuunaiki". This thanks to the endowment on the part of the foundation of computer equipment for the school Jesus Redentor.

I participated with the foundation in days of medical attention and delivery of toys which benefited thousands of children.
Thank you Wayuutaya for allowing me to be part of this beautiful family.

Review from Guidestar

1 Lisa L.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about the foundation from the beginning and seeing it help so many children get basic food, education, and healthcare brings me hope. They could do so much more with our help, please consider donating to Wayuu Taya, every dollar is used to help the indigenous communities that are in desperate need. Thank you for not giving up and continue doing such great work year after year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve known Patricia Velasquez for many years, as a person and as a social justice champion. One of the things that I have always admired is her integrity and dedication to the causes that she believes in and are close to her heart. The work that she has lead in the Wayuu community in her native Venezuela speaks of her believes that education and health are two of the most prevalent disadvantages for minority communities that need to be addressed. Through the work of the Waya Tu Foundation, hundreds of children from the Wayuu Indigenous people have had educational opportunities that otherwise they wouldn’t have had. Through this work, she’s providing them with tools and knowledge to become self-sufficient and successful contributors to their community and society. The work that Patrícia and her Foundation have done with Wayuu women around becoming self-sufficient and to develop entrepreneurial skills continue her belief and commitment to empower and effect long-lasting social changes among indigenous communities. I hope Patricia and the Foundation she leads continue to receive the recognition they have earned through their hard work and commitment, as well as the financial support needed to continue to make a difference.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Patricia Velasquez for many years now. And I am in awe of the work she does with the Wayuu foundation. May she continue to help and bring happiness to those children who so desperately need it.

3 Antonio-M

Donor

Rating: 5

Empathy : is feeling what another living thing feels.

Compassion : is putting yourself in the shoes of another person and seeing the world through their lens for the sake of alleviating their suffering.

Now , the compassionate response would be to recognize that that person is in pain and doing everything within your power to remove the boulder and alleviate their suffering. Put another way, compassion is empathy plus action ….. and that’s what the Wayuu Taya Foundation do.

Patricia and The Wayuu Taya Foundation base their whole mission on those two main concepts, that’s why I support them. They provide Food & Education , plus they Improve the lives of the Wayuu’s kids and other indigenous communities. Strongly Recommended

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have experienced firsthand the wonderful job this foundation is doing. Among others, they are helping out the Wayuu community in the Guajira region of Venezuela, where they have reached hundreds of indigenous children by providing education, school supplies, nutritional attention, food, and health care. Therefore, I can tell it has made a big difference for the better.

Not to mention, now when Venezuela is going through a terrible economic and humanitarian crisis with shortage of food and medicine, The WT Foundation team keeps on working more than ever on their current programs while they are developing and implementing new projects to increase helping rates through education and health care. With our support they can keep doing the extraordinary and solid work they have done during the past 15 years. Let’s help them provide a broad scope of education and healthcare services for indigenous children and families of Latin America. Outstanding foundation.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been in some of their schools in The Wayuu village . Their team and attention to those children is mind-blowing. They are making such a difference in these communities

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you know Patricia Velasquez, you know Wayuu Taya Fondation. The job that Patricia and the whole team of this nonprofit organization is so important for the children from Guajira region! They have been working in Venezuela for many years, in a respectful way, helping to improve the quality of life and bringing hope, education, dignity and food, the first human right.
I had the opportunity to visit La Guajira with Patricia who was in mission, it was so wonderful for me to see the joy in these children’s face.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am volunteer for Wayuu Taya foundation from day one, because I trust every action the organization is doing all this years helping the human kind without limits.
Please, donate we all can help this organization to grow and be able to help Venezuela now more than ever. Patricia Velasquez is one of a kind woman I am with her and her cause, I see her dedication and the progress in the children life. I am a witness of her devotion and hard work.
I love Wayuu Taya Foundation. Please help with your donation. It is important to give!!!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

For over 15 years the Wayuu Taya Foundation has been harnessing the power of creativity, hard work and love to provide educational, nutritional, health and social services to the under-served communities of the Guajira region. As the situation in Venezuela becomes even more precarious, the work of the Foundation is even more more impactful and our support all the more critical.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Wayuu Taya is an extremely necessary organization doing important work to help youth that are desperately in need in Venezuela. Every person I have met associated with this organization is self-less and determined to make a difference!

2 Hunter Lee H.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a charity I'm happy to support because it truly helps children in need in one of the countries that's most difficult to navigate right now. The charity's on-the-ground volunteers make the lives of children better. Sometimes, the only meal they receive comes from Wayuu Taya. I believe the organization's roots in the country help them serve the children better. Recommended!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen the work of this organization for so many years. I volunteered in NY a few times on their events . It's amazing the work they do with so little . Bravo!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having lived close to the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela for the majority of my life, I know first hand the hardships that the Wayuu community faces. The region is one of the poorest in Latin America and its inhabitants often have little hope for the future because of limited education and work opportunities. Before The Wayuu Taya Foundation, one child was dying a day because of dehydration, starvation, and no sanitation.

This is why I am such an avid supporter of The Wayuu Taya Foundation. The organization has been working hard for the last 10 years to create better opportunities for the Wayuu community and indigenous communities in the Amazon. Through their health and nutritional programs, schools, and projects for economic and gender empowerment, The Wayuu Taya Foundation has been able to do what was previously thought possible - improve the lives of thousands of indigenous people in Latin America.

1 Rodrigo O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering about three and a half years ago, and I absolutely love the team! I love how committed they are, and how truly genuine their goals are. I always wanted to be part of an organization that actually "cared"... now I am.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Wayuu Taya Foundation is an exceptional non-profit with an endless dedication to supporting the lives of indigenous peoples. The foundation's stance on protecting indigenous traditions and beliefs truly stands out, especially in an increasingly more globalized world where cultural traditions and values slowly become lost to widespread global influences. The Susu bags sold by the Wayuu Taya Foundation are not only beautiful and remarkable in design and quality, but they also emblemize the hard work and dedication of the indigenous women who continue to hand-sew the bags as a way of carrying on their tribe's bag-making tradition. The organization also provides medical and educational services, and its unique approach to education allows children to take classes in their native language and maintain a sense of cultural heritage. I cannot stress how beautiful the organization is, nor how many lives it has impacted for the better. The Wayuu Taya Foundation is not only unique, but also an outstanding example of a truly high-class organization in today's non-profit sector.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WT Foundation is an amazing organization that works very hard in providing a better life for indigenous communities in Latin America. For a small NGO they have done a tremendous job in creating awareness about communities and their ways of life and most importantly, the problems and issues they face. They also have created a name for themselves and the Wayuu women who sew the beautiful Susu bags sold in store nation wide and abroad. It has been an honor to know WT and the people that work there as they are truly committed to what they do and to making the world a better place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered my time and efforts for the Wayuu Taya foundation a number of times and I have never met a more honest and committed and passionate group of people. It stems from the founder, Patricia Velasquez, who I've known for years to be as driven and as passionate as the people who involve themselves in her foundation. Wayuu Taya truly cares about this group of indigenous people who lack so much - basic things such as water, food, education, health care. They provide for these needs thru fundraising and volunteer work and I have been happy to be a part of that. There is a yearly event in NY and it is not only fun fun fun, it's moving and inspiring because results are shown and these indigenous people's lives are truly changed - just amazing!

Juan P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wayuu Taya Foundation has made in its years of existence more positive work for the Venezuelan natives or indigenous of that region, than any other government in that country. It is one of the few foundations that work hard to keep indigenous children in good health, good education, in harmony, access to technological conveniences that other children can not get elsewhere. Lessons related with better health, care and environment have been increased for mothers of the region. The WTF has supported these women that made its beautiful handbags, and helped to sold in reputable stores in USA, that also help the Foundation. The objectives of the Wayuu Taya Foundation haven´t failed.

If ever I have seen other foundations to fight so hard, the Foundation Wayuu Taya, directed by actress and philanthropist Patricia Velasquez and her courageous team have done a beautiful and magnificent job. I am proud to all of them. I hope WTF continues to grow for its goals, and also for the world's indigenous children well-being.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been in a few non-profit organisations in my life, and Wayuu Taya Foundation is the best one I know of where the people serving the foundation actually do get thiings done. They are active not only in the boardroom but on the terrain. Patricia Velásquez is doing a tremendous good job behind the scenes and actively helping these people. Chris

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's best to charity what I know. I like to see many South American Indians have a better life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have indigenous roots . I have seen over the years the extraordinary work that The Wayuu Taya Foundation is doing . From building school ,feeding children ,giving opportunities to the community to become self sustainable . Just amazing .