Monica* is 8 years old and lives in Colombia after leaving Venezuela a year ago when the situation became impossible. She lives with her mother and three siblings. Monica’s mother has been trying to work since they
arrived, however hasn’t been able to find employment.
Due to the financial struggles, the family sometimes have to go two to three days without food. Monica’s youngest sister, Luz*, has become unwell due to malnourishment and at one and-a-half is still unable to
walk. A month ago, she was hospitalised for 15 days because of water retention and associated swelling.
Despite the difficulties, Monica is happiest when with her siblings and helping her mum look after Luz, dressing her and playing with her. She likes to see her mum happy and when she is older wants to be a doc-
tor and a teacher so she can look after children.
Thanks to the recent support from Save the Children, Monica’s mother has been able to buy essentials like food and medicine.
They have also managed to buy materials to help reinforce the small barracks where they
sleep at night to protect them from the weather.
When we met Monica, she was looking forward to the weekend to celebrate her birthday with all the other children.