“Work is what must be given / and its value to work / and to those who work in the factory / and to those who work in the fields, / and to those who work in the mine / and to those who work on the ship, / what must be given is everything, light, and blood, voice and hands … “

The Colloquium Under the Palm Tree of the great Venezuelan poet Andrés Eloy Blanco resonates like a prophetic voice in a world where the pandemic has highlighted, as well as exacerbated, the great inequalities and fragility when it comes to having to access to decent work.

Without a doubt “the great subject is work. What is truly popular —because it promotes the good of the people— is to assure everyone the possibility of making the seeds God has placed in each one of us sprout, their capacities, their initiative, their strengths”, as Pope Francis affirms in the encyclical “Fratelli tutti”.

However, in addition to offering opportunities for everyone, it is necessary to take into account the existence of many trades that respond to those “seeds that God has placed in each one of us”, which go according to the abilities and possibilities of many people, but unfortunately, are not valued and paid to lead a decent life.

In this sense, the pandemic has revealed the importance of front-line health personnel such as nurses and caregivers; or let’s think about security services, food chains, and logistics workers, or people who are self-employed in various domestic services. The value of work in these types of trades, regarding their remuneration and the contribution they make to the common good, are some of the points of debate that philosopher Michael Sandel makes, and which would be worth exploring.

To begin it is necessary to ask, without being exhaustive, the following types of questions: What opportunities and what job will a malnourished child have in the future? How do we measure the value of one trade compared to another? How are real opportunities offered to the poorest so that, through their efforts, they can have real access to a decent life? Marking distance from any type of populist or imposed from power response, we have tried to begin within our local context as documented in our monthly bulletin. However, the road ahead is long and requires the participation of many actors.

“Because in a truly developed society, work is an indispensable dimension of social life, since it is not only a way to earn a living, but also a channel for personal growth, to establish healthy relationships, to express oneself, to share gifts, to feel co-responsible in the perfecting of the world, and ultimately, to live as a people “, continues the Pope in the “Fratelli tutti”.

As mentioned before, a task of such magnitude is not to be thought and executed alone, but rather using our minds and hearts together with others, as Andrés Eloy Blanco also wishes at the end of his Colloquium: “To God, may he give me torments, / To God, may he give me losses, / but may He not give me a son / with a lonely heart.”

Alejandro Marius
“Gluten-Free Cooking” with María Gabriela Gil

On January 22, the Gluten-Free Cooking chat forum was facilitated by Maria Gabriela Gil, an Emprendedora Gastronómica (Gastronomic Entrepreneur) who graduated from the 2nd cohort of the Emprendimiento y Nutrición (Entrepreneurship and Nutrition) program. In the training, she explained all about celiac disease, its symptoms, what gluten is, and the elaboration of an easy recipe without that protein. The activity was carried out via WhatsApp and counted with the participation of 492 people.

The call for the Chocolate Entrepreneurship Diploma began in Merida

On January 25, the call for the Diplomado Virtual de Emprendedoras del Chocolate (Virtual Diploma of Chocolate Entrepreneurs) in Mérida began through a statement on social media that explained the pre-registration instructions. This event is part of the Venezuela Tierra de Cacao project and will begin on February 22.

CPR workshop for Cuidadores360 graduates

On January 31, a group of firefighters from the District Capital held a CPR workshop for graduates of the 1st virtual cohort of Cuidadores360, among which were: Yeraldin González, Josefa Rodríguez, Fredy Hernández, Giovanna Braun, Ileana Morales, Luis Aquino, Ana Mata, Dayana Lira, Yarexi Pariata, and Iraida Meléndez. This was the first practical class of the training sponsored by Ford Motor, and it was carried out following all the biosafety measures.

Recognition award to Monsignor Gustavo García Naranjo

On January 16, the Trabajo y Persona team gave special recognition to Monsignor Gustavo García Naranjo, in gratitude for his collaboration and unconditional support during his stay in the Emprendedoras del Chocolate (Chocolate Entrepreneurs) program in Guarenas, Guatire, and San José de Barlovento. This award took place during the Mass of thanksgiving and farewell as Bishop of the Diocese of Guarenas.

Chocolates Heroicas achieved a new goal

The graduates of the Emprendedoras del Chocolate (Chocolate Entrepreneurs) program Emma Torrealba, Verónica Prieto, and Marlene Briceño managed to open a kiosk as a point of sale for their products. It is located at Daymar Shopping Center in Guatire where they also have their @chocolate_heroicas production workshop.

Milangela Chaviel began teaching classes

The participant of Formación de Formadores (Formation of Trainers)  of the Belleza por un Futuro (Beauty for a Future) program, Milangela Chaviel, is offering face-to-face classes three days a week between 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 m., from the CECAL San Francisco de Asís in Barquisimeto. She currently has 12 participants.

“Personalized Boxes” chat forum held by Marian Rodríguez

The graduate of the 1st cohort of Emprendedoras del Chocolate (Chocolate Entrepreneurs) within the framework of the Venezuela Tierra de Cacao project in Sucre, Marian Rodríguez, carried out the Personalized Boxes chat forum via WhatsApp. In the activity, the techniques and steps to make boxes with visors and caps were presented with the aim of preserving chocolates and any other product for sale. The training was carried out thanks to the support of the Trabajo y Persona team and was given to 270 graduates from different programs.

Miritza Noguera shared beauty tips in a webinar

The Emprendedora de la Belleza (Beauty Entrepreneur) graduated from the 7th cohort of the Belleza por un Futuro (Beauty for a Future) program, Miritza Noguera (@miritzabella), gave the webinar Fall in love with your curly hair through the Zoom platform. The activity was aimed at 35 graduates of the beauty sector, who learned key tips for curly hair care, in addition to solving frequent doubts on the subject.