Devendra Banhart Venezuela Benefit
The situation in Venezuela is beyond desperate.
Due to its failing economic system , the most basic human needs are not being met and the public health system is in a state of emergency.
Babies are dying because infrastructure is collapsing and are they unable to provide even the most basic healthcare that we take for granted here. Antibiotics, bandages and even food
I know this , like you , thanks to journalists who are writing about it and thanks to people expressing it via various forms of social media.
heres an example of one of the many articles , this ones from a week ago : http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/16/world/americas/dying-infants-and-no-medicine-inside-venezuelas-failing-hospitals.html?_r=0
I also know this because i have family members that live there and they tell me what they see.
One of them is a doctor who can tell me EXACTLY what is needed at the Childrens Hospital.
the root cause : monumental mismanagement by the powers that oppressively govern the entire nation
How to fix it? i have no clue! but for now , for today , for the next few weeks , we can try to address the most pressing and urgent needs of those suffering at this very moment.
Im going to begin by teaming up with Dilettante and throw an impromptu event in downtown Los Angeles this Thursday May 26th i will play an intimate acoustic set followed by Karaoke Dreams by Amy Von Harrington !
tickets can be purchased here : http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2555813
100% of the proceeds will go directly to the purchase of :
Chest Physiotherapy Vest
Central Line kits/Advanced Vascular Access
Im going to do this with the help of Dilettante and my cousin Cristobal Risquez , a doctor , currently working in New York City , and extremely well acquainted with the Medical Community in Venezuela his father is also a doctor currently working in Caracas , our Grandfather was a doctor too
i often wonder if Im really related to these people?
In honor of our great great great great Grandfather Francisco Antonio Risquez who was , youll never guess it , a doctor , were hope to eventually start a little non- profit called
The F.A.R Foundation.
One small show wont be able to raise much , hopefully just enough to buy a few incubators , Antibiotics , and powdered milk , but just having those basic items will LITERALLY save a life .
What difference will it make in the long run ? not much , not much.
but over time , with donations of any size , and even if we merely turn our attentions to Venezuela , if we donate just that , mere attention and contemplation , mere energy , sent with loving intent , it can have an impact.
Love , Devendra
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