In addition to being immersed in this pandemic that seems to have no end, in Venezuela we inevitably end up seeing everything that we lack, because it is true too. Access to public services, transportation, food and medicine is becoming increasingly complex and we are witnessing growing poverty everywhere. We cannot hide our head in the sand, but neither can we let ourselves be blinded and live with a scarcity mentality renouncing the desire to be better.

There are, in my opinion, two key positions that allow us to be protagonists of a change in mentality and to initiate processes in the area we are dealing with (within  our square meter).

In the first place, the certainty that reality is a sign and hides something great and positive for each of us. If we deny this possibility outright, it is much more difficult to turn problems and shortages into opportunities. The complaint will always prevail and cloud our reason.

The second position, which I would dare to say is a condition for the first, is brilliantly summed up by the phrase of the Jewish philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel: “Without amazement, we remain deaf to the sublime” (which is also the title of the Rimini Meeting 2020). This is the fundamental posture to open the doors of knowledge. Amazement at the mere existence of things and at ourselves is key because it is the raw material to start a job, and also because it  allows us to have the sensitivity to be amazed by them.

Referring to Robinson Crusoe, G.K. Chesterton in his book The Ethics in the Land of the Goblins, summarizes the positivity of someone who has survived a storm: “Everything has been saved from a shipwreck. Each person has gone through a tremendous adventure: with a premature birth which could have not been, or children who never see the light. People used to talk a lot in my childhood about men who were geniuses but later on stalled or became a wreck. It was common to say that many men were a ‘Could Have Been Great’. For me, it is more fundamental and more exciting to think that all the people we meet on the street are a great ‘It Could Have Not Been’. 

You and I, our families and friends, this pandemic, all the good and the bad that happens to us, even our Trabajo y Persona Association, and therefore all the news in this bulletin: “Could Have Not Been”, but they are and they exist. This is why I invite you to ask yourself: For what purpose? How are we being called to live what strikes us?

Alejandro Marius

The 2nd Conociendo el cacao y el chocolate (Knowing Cocoa and Chocolate) workshop was held in Valencia

From June 3 to 5, within the framework of the Venezuela Tierra de Cacao project, the 2nd Conociendo el cacao y el chocolate (digital) workshop was held in the city of Valencia. This workshop was carried out through WhatsApp platform and was attended by 18 young people from different schools in the region, allowing interaction among them and collaborative learning.

The 2nd Conociendo el cacao y el chocolate workshop was held in Lara

From June 10 to 12, the 2nd Conociendo el cacao y el chocolate (digital) workshop was held in Lara state, within the framework of the Venezuela Tierra de Cacao project, for 15 young members of Scouts of Venezuela, La Salle School and María Auxiliadora School. This workshop was carried out through WhatsApp platform in order to publicize the benefits and importance of this food for the world.

Greater Caracas and Valencia enjoyed the Papá360 Virtual Fair

From June 19 to 21, the Papá360 Virtual Fair was held to give the opportunity to 9 graduates and entrepreneurs of different trades to offer their products and services to all of Greater Caracas and Valencia. During the days of the activity, customers received delivery service thanks to the alliance with @puntoapuntodelivery.

The first digital Curso de Bombonería Artesanal (course of Artisanal Bombonería) was completed successfully!

In the month of June, and within the framework of the Venezuela Tierra de Cacao project (@tierracacaovzla), the Curso de Bombonería Artesanal was held for the first time digitally, with the participation of 25 women from Caracas, Aragua, Carabobo, Lara, Mérida and Sucre. The training was directed by Trabajo y Persona together with the project’s ally and representative of the chocolate company @icoa1489, Mileidy Nieves, who instructed the participants in hygiene and food handling, Basics of cocoa and its transformation, chocolate temperature, basic chocolate I, II and III.

Tiffani Moncada

In June, the Emprendedora de la Belleza (Beauty Entrepreneur), Tiffani Moncada, graduated from the 8th cohort of the Belleza por un Futuro (Beauty for a Future) program, mother of 2 children, currently pregnant and founder of @tiffinternacional, offered the following forum chats and face-to-face courses: Initial Eyebrows, Hair to Hair Eyelash Extensions, Integral Beauty Level III, Integral Eyebrows, Manicure and Pedicure and Advanced Eyebrows I. These trainings were open to the general public and carried out in compliance with regulations established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Miritza Noguera

On June 15 and adapting to our new circumstances, Miritza Noguera Emprendedora de la Belleza graduated from the 8th cohort of the Belleza por un Futuro program and founder of @miritzabella. Held her first chat forum Enamórate de tu cabello rizado, secretos para un cuidado adecuado (Fall in love with your curly hair, secrets for a proper care), carried out in partnership with the community Crea lo que quieras. It was attended by 230 participants, including 15 Emprendedoras de la Belleza from different cohorts.

Freylli Jácome

In the month of June, the Emprendedoras de la Belleza, graduated from the 7th cohort of the Belleza por un Futuro program, Freylli Jácome, ventured into the sale of hair care and coloring products such as: hair surgery, ampoules, bleaching, hydrogen peroxide and dyes among others. Likewise, she continues to offer hairdressing services together with her sister-in-law by appointment, in a place located downtown in the city of Guarenas.

Glissel Santana
The graduate of the 1st cohort of Emprendedoras del Chocolate (Chocolate Entrepreneurs) and general manager of her venture @naturalchoco, Glissel Santana, currently residing in Peru, is conducting online workshops for cocoa producers along with some Venezuelan colleagues, also immigrants. She has currently conducted workshops named Chocoviaje I and Chocoviaje II, in which she received participants from different countries such as Panama, Argentina, Spain, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela among others. Likewise, at Chocoviaje II, the chocolate masters María Fernanda Di Giacobbe and Chloé Doutre-Roussel were present as speakers.

Marisbel Acosta

The Emprendedoras de la Belleza, graduated from the 7th cohort of the Belleza por un Futuro program, Marisbel Acosta (@marisbel_acosta), is still active and working from her store located next to her house in Los Teques. Marisbel, who continues to pamper her clients, is offering services at home complying with the regulations established by the WHO: she constantly disinfects her work tools, uses face masks and, in addition, applies antibacterial gel to her clients.

Yomeirmi Hernández

The Emprendedora de la Belleza, graduated from the 7th cohort of the Belleza por un Futuro program, Yomeirmi Hernández (@ yoher_001), was active in June practicing and innovating the techniques learned during her training. On this occasion, she dedicated herself to offering services to older adults, serving them with love and granting them security through modern haircuts that are appropriate for their ages.

On June 19, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the decree with the authorization of Pope Francis for the beatification of venerable Dr. José Gregorio Hernández, a man of faith who put his vocation at the service of the common good.

Regarding this great news for Venezuelans and the world, we share a beautiful surprise that we were preparing during this difficult time of a pandemic: “El Venerado”, an original composition by maestro Aquiles Báez, which was joined by director Elisa Vegas, Ana Isabel Domínguez, Aquiles Hernández and the excellent musicians of the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy it.