I wish I could climb up and down the famous Maslow pyramid in milliseconds, turn it upside down, turn it on its own axis or turn it into something that transcends geometry, because events in Latin America during the month of October fill me with questions.

For those of us who live in Venezuela, with the magnitude of the crisis that we have to live and the problems of each day, it is easy to lose sight of the problems in other latitudes, including in our sister towns of the Latin American continent. What is happening shows that even in other countries, which were drawn as paradigms of well-being for any Venezuelan, there are many inequalities, exclusion, and lack of opportunities for all.

Is it possible that everything is resolved by maintaining good economic indicators? Is it enough that public services work well and there are opportunities for education and work? The dialogue between Arthur and his therapist in the movie Joker comes to mind when he says: “You don’t listen, right? You just ask the same questions every week. ” Who is really listening to the drama of our peoples? Is the problem reduced in attending, from the Power, the physiological needs (base of the pyramid of Maslow) and gradually rising level? It seems that the logic of well-being, which is the dream of every Venezuelan, is necessary but not sufficient to be well.

The lack of meaning and relativism in which we are immersed, the product of widespread nihilism, seems to absorb and homologate us, and in the Venezuelan case, reduce us to fight for survival. But there is always something unforeseen that goes through everything, puts things in place and the pyramid begins to revolutionize.

Those of us who are giving our lives so that people can live better because of their work have the advantage of frequently encountering concrete and everyday facts arising even from pain and injustice. We don’t have the exclusivity because it’s an experience we can all have, but it requires us to have a great sensitivity to listen, watch, and follow.

Is there an experience around you that is worth listening to, looking at, and tell? Without becoming what Victor Frank or Maximiliano Kolbe was in World War II, I invite you to look beyond the circumstances that we live and discover the meaning of things because it is not the same to live one way or another.

Alejandro Marius
Accompaniment (Barquisimeto): Basic Excel Workshop

The Basic Excel Workshop was held on October 1st in the offices of KPMG, Barquisimeto. It was offered to the Emprendedoras Gastronómicas of the Emprendimiento y Nutrición program and was held together with Ford Motor of Venezuela.  Formation was theoretical-practical, in which the participants managed to design simple tables and their own invoices, managing to identify the benefits that the program provides for their ventures

Trabajo y Persona promotes workshop to teach the origin of cocoa and chocolate

The Knowing Cocoa and Chocolate Workshop was held in the month of October within the framework of the Venezuela Tierra de Cacao project. It took place in local schools where the project is carried out, with the goal of teaching young people the fundamental aspects of these foods through didactic games and videos. These early pilot formations geared toward high school youth participants, are carried out with the intention of evaluating and improving the content of the training so that it is attractive to young people.

The second cohort of the Emprendimiento y Nutrición course (Gastronomía360) starts in El Tocuyo

On October 21, 22 Tocuyan mothers began their training process in the Emprendimiento y Nutrición course, within the framework of the Social Development Project, funded by Ford Motor of Venezuela and sponsored by Trabajo y Persona, with the collaboration of the Parish of San Francisco de Assisi and the Nuestra Señora de la Concordia school.  These future Emprendedoras Gastronómicas will be trained in the areas of cooking, entrepreneurship and human development, with a total of 85 academic hours.

Accompaniment (Barquisimeto): Oratory Workshop

On October 16, the Oratory Workshop for the short course of Bombonería Artesanal and Emprendedoras Gastronómicas was held in the offices of KPMG, Barquisimeto, the Workshop of Oratory for graduates of the short course of Artisan Bombonería and Emprendedoras Gastronómicas. The training, led by volunteers of the international firm, covered various tools of public speaking as well as the qualities of a speaker and structure of the discourse.

Garua de Cacao supports the professional training of Trabajo y Persona in Barquisimeto

From October 21 to November 1, the alliance between Trabajo y Persona and the chocolate master Zaida Pinto, founder of the Chocolate Garua de Cacao Workshop, was consolidated in Barquisimeto, Edo. Lara, which allows graduates to continue their professional training. The first to participate in these continuing education workshops was Dolores Gómez, a graduate from the short course of Bombonería Artesanal, who developed and strengthened her knowledge and was able to incorporate herself in the production processes of chocolate tablets, cocoa balls and cocoa shell preparation.

Alejandro Marius participated in the Latin American Impact Investment Summit in Quito

On October 3-4, the founder of Trabajo y Persona, Alejandro Marius, participated in the Latin American Impact Investment Summit in Quito, a convergence site for social entrepreneurs, impact investors, philanthropists, foundations, networks, articulators, accelerators and different personalities. On October 2nd he also shared a #DiálogoEntreAmigos organized by Fundación Sembrar and AVSI Ecuador, where he shared his experience as a Social Entrepreneur.

Msgr. Aldo Giordano, Apostolic Nuncio in Venezuela, visited Trabajo y Persona entrepreneurs in Carúpano

On 24 October, the Team of Trabajo y Persona in Carúpano received a visit from Msgr. Aldo Giordano, Nuncio Apostolic of His Holiness, Pope Francis, in Venezuela. In honor of his visit the Emprendedoras Gastronómicas of the 1st cohort prepared a delicious dinner; the evening menu offered typical dishes of the region, presented in three courses, based on the tradition and history of this noble land.

The 2nd cohort of the Emprendimiento y Nutrición course (Gastronomía360)
starts in Carúpano 

On 21 October, 20 Carupanera mothers began their training process in the Emprendimiento y Nutrición course, within the framework of the Social Development Project, funded by Ford Motor of Venezuela and carried out by Trabajo y Persona with the collaboration of Caritas Carúpano.  These future Emprendedoras Gastronómicas will be trained in the areas of cooking, entrepreneurship and human development, with a total of 85 academic hours.

– Olivia González, voluntarily offered a theoretical-practical class to the participants of the short course of Cuidadores 360, in which she highlighted topics such as mobility to the eldest patient as well the use of equipment such as wheelchair, canes, and walker. Thank you, Olivia!