For years, the plastic artist Jesús Pernalete has dedicated himself to fighting hunger amongst his students in Barquisimeto, state of Lara, through projects and foundations that have provided them with a hot meal. No longer able to continue pursuing his mission, as the crisis in Venezuela escalated, he and his team had to look for other ways to helping children overcome malnutrition.
From an early age, Alcides learned the business of crop farming and sale from his father. Every morning, they would hop on a truck and drive to markets in Caripe, the town in the state of Monagas where they lived, and other towns nearby. They felt that the trade would always bring them prosperity.
Mariángel Pérez es enfermera instrumentista. Luego de años ejerciendo en el Hospital Adolfo Prince Lara y en clínicas de Carabobo, en el centro norte de Venezuela, renunció a su profesión con mucho pesar. Ahora trabaja como pescadora en Puerto Cabello.
Hungry children in a classroom. Indigenous families in Delta Amacuro, in the eastern end of Venezuela, who only eat mangoes to make the little food they have stretch. A pandemic that is here to further complicate what was already complicated. Arlys Obdola transformed her business into a program that tries to mitigate the food crisis facing the country.
Erika descubrió que tenía una portentosa voz para cantar y conmover. Decidió entonces salir de los Andes venezolanos, donde creció y se formó, para forjarse una carrera en los mejores escenarios del mundo. En ese viaje, la vida la puso ante una encrucijada.
The Superintendence of Institutions of the Banking Sector froze the bank accounts of Alimenta la Solidaridad [Feed Solidarity], an organization that maintains 239 community kitchens in 14 states in the country, there where 25,000 at-risk children are provided with meals on a daily basis. Una sonrisa, Una esperanza [One Smile, One Hope] is one of 40 that operate in Petare, the largest slum in Latin America. It is coordinated by María Angélica, a 31-year-old woman who has always dreamed of being a cook and who, side by side with the community, has endeavored to keep the kitchens running.
Fay Ellen Hernandez lost one of her children to malnutrition, and she fears that one of her grandchildren, who is underweight, will share the same fate. Since the bag of food she receives every two months through the Local Supply and Production Committee is just five days’ worth of meals, the rest of the time she goes to great lengths to make sure that no one at home goes to bed without eating.
Salieron de Venezuela, el 26 de julio de 2017, rumbo a Uruguay. Ella iba embarazada de siete meses. Él, preocupado porque tenían poco dinero para ese largo viaje por carretera. En Montevideo se reencontrarían con su amigo Jan Queretz, quien dos días antes se había dirigido hacia ese mismo destino. Pero hay veces que los planes toman virajes inesperados y, entre tanto, la vida se abre paso. Con esta historia, finalista en la 3era edición del concurso Lo Mejor de Nos, nos despedimos hasta 2021.