The challenge of continuing to be Venezuelans

Venezuelan that you are here, far from our land, do not forget your brothers who saw you leave. You assumed the challenge of the risk of those who emigrate, while you left behind those who remained running the risks of the challenge of staying.

It’s time to realize that Venezuela, more than a land, it is a broad feeling that covers the five continents. It is no longer limited to more than 900,000 square kilometers in size. In these times it covers the entire globe.

Venezuela was never stingy with those migrants who arrived throughout the 20th century. As today it is not, when it shares its children with more than 100 countries. Venezuelans who have arrived by all possible means, including walking, almost, with bare feet, but full of optimism and confidence in the future.

Oil ceased to be the main Venezuelan export product. They are the Venezuelans who arrive with their cultural suitcase, with their music, their food and their customs.

There are those who are lucky, for having a good academic preparation and work experience, achieving their insertion in the labor market. There are those who reinvent themselves and dedicate themselves to ventures that allow them to give a good life to their relatives.

In this sense, Venezuelans are the largest legion of motorists who distribute the “deliveries”. A niche in the labor market, which grew with the quarantine, when Venezuelans knew how to take advantage of their tradition of being motorized.

This overview of Venezuelans in the world has been possible due to two factors: the preparation they received in Venezuela; and the family tradition of improvement.

That tradition is what he did, that the parents and families Venezuelans had for decades the commitment that their children study and graduate. What until the end of the 20th century the different governments also had the effort to promote.

While more than a million Venezuelans live in Lima, in Argentine Patagonia and southern Chile, Venezuelan doctors are the ones who care for the most disadvantaged population.

Venezuelans abroad number more than 7 million. If we count correctly, we will realize that out of every four Venezuelans, at least one left. That means that every Venezuelan family has at least one member who is not there.

Venezuelan that you left, and that you remember your loved ones with the remittances, do not forget Venezuela in all its extension. Help those who arrive, think of those who stayed. Strengthen in your children “being Venezuelan” and in continuing to “be” Venezuelan, that they speak Spanish with that Venezuelan knowledge that distinguishes us. Don’t let your children lose your language. And above all, join the community associations of Venezuelans throughout the world, in their work of grouping, influencing, promoting and protecting Venezuelanness. www.venamerica.org.

By Eduardo Martinez

VenAmérica Press Officer