The Simón Bolívar Foundation was established in 2006 as the 501(c)(3) non-profit, private foundation of CITGO Petroleum Corporation. The SBF serves as a catalyst to transform lives by connecting and networking community members to take community action. Initiatives leverage existing resources and invest in organizations to meet the immediate and long-term health needs of the most vulnerable in and from Venezuela, the United States and other countries. The SBF supports a wide range of programming and direct support—creating dividends to benefit the wider community for years to come.



A future where access to basic health care is a valued human right.


Improve the health of vulnerable individuals affected by disaster, conflict and poverty, with special attention to children and mothers in and from Venezuela.


Access - Increase access to medicine, nutrition and healthcare for low-income and vulnerable individuals and communities.

Capacity - Enhance capacity of medical professionals and caregivers to serve and treat patients through education and support.

Empowerment - Increase effectiveness of community organizations and actors by empowering them to serve the health needs of the most vulnerable individuals in their communities, particularly children and mothers.

COVID-19 Update

The Simón Bolívar Foundation is making informational resources available for vulnerable populations to delay the transmission COVID-19.

Informational Resources:

COVID-19 Safety Advice and Tips

Spanish Webinars:

El impacto del COVID-19 en la migración venezolana
Impacto del COVID-19 sobre la nutrición y la seguridad alimentaria en Venezuela
Conversatorio sobre COVID-19 y el rol de las ONG
"Medicina de choque frente al COVID-19"


Todo lo que debes saber sobre el Coronavirus con el Dr. Julio Castro
Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ with Dr. Peter Hotez


Who Q&A
CDC situation update
John Hopkins COVID-19 map
City of Houston Emergency Operations Center
Flattening the Curve: That Graph Explained


Date Events
Check back for future events.

Past Presentations

Date Title
01/22/20 2020 Simón Bolívar Foundation Small Grants Presentation
10/10/19 Responding to Venezuela's Complex Humanitarian Emergency
10/10/19 Health System Situation and Proposals
07/24/19 Overcoming the “Knowledge-Blackout" in Venezuela: The Role of the Health System


In light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global pandemic, The Simón Bolívar Foundation has approved its second round of small grants, open for any organization to participate, focused on support for the COVID-19 and its aftermath in Venezuela.

Funding Priorities:

Priority will be given to proposals with activities targeted towards helping Venezuelans coping with the effects of COVID-19, that:
  • Increase access to medicine and health-care services for COVID-19 risk population and communities;
  • Increase capacity of health professionals including physicians, nurses and other caregivers/or social workers to serve and treat coronavirus affected patients through education and support;
  • Support preventative health care, nutrition, and well-being initiatives, and/or
  • Contribute to improving infrastructure capacity at hospitals and/or community clinics.


An Advisory Team reviews all proposals using established criteria per the scoring rubric included below. The criteria outlined in the rubric establish guidelines to assist the Advisory Team members to perform their independent analysis of all proposals. The rubric is not intended to be all-inclusive and additional factors may be used to qualify proposals.

Proposals will be evaluated on their ability to achieve impact in the following areas:

  1. Addresses the Foundation COVID-19 Small Grants Program priorities
  2. Budget and Cost-effectiveness
  3. Project design/plan
  4. Project impact
  5. Implementation time frame



Working to benefit approximately 350 migrant Venezuelan women, the project increases access to healthcare services, helps reduce maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, and helps prevent complications in high-risk pregnancies.

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Cuatro Por Venezuela
Cuatro Por Venezuela

Working to provide folic acid and iron supplements to approximately 200 pregnant women, this project will help prevent premature birth and low birth weight in newborns. A second project will provide specialized medication to help prevent organ rejection in people who have received liver, heart or kidney transplant.

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Driscoll Children's Hospital
Driscoll Children's Hospital

Focusing on Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) in newborns, this project will help implement an efficient CCHD screening in Venezuela and improve the current diagnostic gap of this severe birth defect.

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Providing direct medical, dental and vision care though its charitable clinic in Riobamba, Ecuador, this project provides free, priority access for 300 Venezuelan refugees. It will also raise awareness of this service within the Venezuelan refugee populations in Ecuador to ensure continued access to high-quality medical care.

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Latin Ladies Foundation of Houston
Latin Ladies Foundation of Houston

Focusing on individuals in Venezuela with Huntington Disease, this project will lessen their suffering by providing much needed sanitary supplies and nutritional supplements to enhance delicate health conditions.

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Saludos Connection
Saludos Connection

Working to repair and update two damaged operating rooms and a pre-anesthetic area, this project will return these rooms to functionality, which increases capacity to treat patients and provides space for critical training hours for medical students. A second project will recognize and incentivize doctors who are voluntarily providing medical services to children in the remote areas of one of the poorest states in Venezuela.

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