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.
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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.
Venezuela has declared an emergency nation-wide lock-down in the face of the coronavirus. In coordination with the clinics and doctors with whom we work, the Turimiquire Foundation is therefore closing down its operations indefinitely. Our staff are staying safe at home, but they are ready to go, and we will re-activate our services as soon as the coast is clear!.
Office staff and field workers meeting at our new office in the Santa Rosa Clinic in Cumana. We have also opened an office in the PoliClinica Sucre. With crucial private sector support from these and other clinics, we are able to provide more humanitarian medical services and family planning for the low-income and rural populations that we serve.