Family Planning could have saved Brunilde’s life. Her fate became our destiny.
Our story begins with one woman and how her death in childbirth led to the birth of a Foundation.
The Turimiquire Foundation is the first and only non-profit of its kind in northeastern Venezuela.
We help families control their fertility, educate their children, build community, and gain access to life-changing medical and humanitarian aid.
Turimiquire, pronounced Too-ree-mee-kée-ray, means “Seat of the Gods” in the indigenous Carib language, and refers to the majestic saddles formed by the steep peaks and valleys in the local Turimiquire mountain range.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, EDUCATION, SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT, AND HUMANITARIAN AID SERVICES:
The first and crucial step towards empowering women is to offer them the means to control their own fertility.
Once families gain control of their fertility, they can concentrate on giving their children the best possible future through schooling.
Our low-impact rural development and ecological agriculture initiatives serve a dual purpose – to preserve local ecosystems and promote self-employment for rural populations.
SMALL FOUNDATION, BIG IMPACT
We are honored to have an article about our work in family planning and the story of our Foundation in this December’s magazine of the Population Connection. Altogether, we have served over 50,000 low-income mainly rural women, offering over 120,000 “couple years of protection,” the metric by which USAID measures family planning achievements.
Every year in September we distribute school supplies to our young high school scholars in the remote Rio Brito river valley! Some of the most motivated of these students will continue to college with our help. Our goal is to enable these low-income rural families to jump from illiteracy to a college education in just one generation! The school year starts!
Our Student Scholars
THANKS to a grant from the Erik and Edith Bergstrom Foundation, we have been able to sustain and extend our family planning services this year in the face of the absolutely desperate demand that we are facing down here. We are working to fill the contraceptive shortage with the stability of longer acting methods, i.e., IUDs, implants, sterilizations.