CARTA PARA VENEZUELA – AN OPEN LETTER TO VENEZUELA

CARTA PARA VENEZUELA – AN OPEN LETTER TO VENEZUELA

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Hace semanas que queria escribir algo acerca de como me siento con lo que está pasando en Venezuela y no conseguía la forma de empezar. Son tantas emociones juntas que me es difícil canalizarlas todas en un solo post, pero de todas maneras lo voy a intentar.

Me fui de mi pais -Venezuela- hace 3 años con la intención de no volver jamas. Desde que era muy pequeña tuve la dicha de visitar Estados Unidos ya que gran parte de mi familia se encuentra aquí y siempre comparaba dos realidades de dos países completamente opuestos. Recuerdo como desde muy niña siempre quise venirme. Si soy sincera, incluso antes de Chávez, Venezuela para mi, jamas ha sido el país que está destinado a ser y eso era muy fácil de notar cuando lo comparabas con una potencia mundial como lo es EEUU.

Cuando decidi irme, estaba muy emocionada, no podia esperar para vivir en una gran ciudad como Chicago y hacer todas las cosas que siempre había soñado hacer. Nací en un pueblo muy pequeño llamado El Tigre y me crié en una ciudad (o para algunos pueblo jajaja) que se llama Lechería y ninguno de los dos ofrecía opciones para las cosas que siempre había querido hacer. Trabajé en la industria petrolera y creo que vivir esa experiencia fue lo que me motivó a mudarme… O al menos fue la gota que derramó el vaso. Aprendí muchísimo y fue una experiencia increíble, pero también viví situaciones muy frustrantes que no se las deseo a nadie y a pesar de lo malo, todo pasó como tenía que pasar.

Eso lo entiendo hoy.

Hoy en día, tres años después, sigo en Chicago y estoy bien, soy feliz. Haciendo todas las cosas que siempre había soñado hacer, pero con un vacío enorme y un dolor increíble por todo lo que está pasando en Venezuela. Espero que esto sea el principio del final. Es irónico, porque cuando me fui (y todo el que me conoce puede afirmar esto) yo decía que odiaba a mi país. Ahora que veo hacia atrás entiendo que lo que sentía no era odio, sino un inmenso dolor por tener que irme del lugar donde crecí, donde estudié, de donde tengo los mejores recuerdos, ya que también tuve la dicha de recorrer casi todo mi país y experimentar los viajes y paisajes mas bellos del mundo.

Venezuela, gran parte del rencor que te tenía era porque ya no tengo a mis amigos conmigo. Porque mi familia está dividida. Porque mis padres que tanto te aman y te sueñan no pueden ni vivir allá porque no hay el tratamiento que mi papa necesita para su enfermedad. Porque sentí que me formaste y me viste crecer personal y profesionalmente y después no me quedó de otra sino abandonarte, porque el futuro brillante que tenía por delante contigo simplemente dejo de existir cuando todos empezaron a odiarse y dividirse por razones políticas.

Tardé tres años para extrañarte Venezuela. Tardé tres años en darme cuenta lo mucho que te amo y te agradezco por haberme hecho la persona que soy hoy. Gracias por haberme enseñado lo que es el calor humano, lo que es compartir, lo que es tener amigos que son como familia, lo que es la mejor comida del mundo. Por haberme dejado caminar descalza y libre en tus playas, ríos, médanos y montañas. Gracias por haberme educado y por haberme inculcado principios y valores que son difíciles de obtener en otras culturas. Gracias por haberme hecho VENEZOLANA.

Con todo el dolor del mundo tengo que verte como parte de mi pasado, pero a la vez con toda la esperanza del mundo quiero empezar a verte como parte de mi futuro. Gracias eternas a todos los que están arriesgando su vida para luchar por el país que, por motivos completamente egoístas, decidí abandonar en busca de lo que personalmente considero es un futuro mejor. Gracias a los que sí tienen el valor de quedarse y pelear por el país que yo entregué hace tres años.

Que si fue la decisión correcta? Eso todavía no lo sé. Pero fue la decisión que tomé y hoy en día me siento en paz con eso. Todos somos diferentes y nuestras realidades y oportunidades no son las mismas. Eso no me quita lo Venezolana, pero a la vez no me exonera de la deuda eterna que tengo con los que están allá defendiendo nuestro país con su vida, literalmente.

Quieres ayudar y no sabes como? Por favor visita estos links. Aporta tu granito de arena desde donde estés. También puedes compartir este post para crear un poco de conciencia acerca de lo que esta pasando y hacer que así, mas personas ayuden. Para los que estamos afuera, hay muchas maneras de hacernos presentes. Los chicos que están en las protestas necesitan recursos. Aquí esta todas las maneras en que puedes ayudar:

Manos por la salud // William Morales // Alicia Lopez

Empresa: Covemex INC

Dirección: 6171 NW 72 Avenue. Miami FL 33166

Enviar serial de compra a: alopez@covecargo.com.ve y dpassarelli@covemex.com

Para mas info chequea el Instagram de Manos por la Salud o síguelos para que estén informados.

Si estás en Panama:

Si estás en Venezuela:

  • Comida para niños en 35 hospitales por transferencia:
    Fundación Comparte por una vida J – 40850100-7
    Banco Nacional de Crédito Cuenta corriente
    Nro. 0191-0142-80-2100046362
    comparteporunavida@gmail.com
  • Comida para niños en 35 hospitales con tarjeta de crédito en Bsf. Organizado por Comparte por una vida. Visita este link. 
  • Cascos Azules Venezuela – Si estas en Venezuela, contáctalos a través de su Instagram. Allí tienen los nombres de las personas con las que pueden conectar para ayudar.

Hay muchos centros de acopio en toda Venezuela, si no marchas puedes llevar alimento o medicinas. Búscalos en Instagram a través de la cuenta @elnacionalweb

Gracias por visitar el blog y por su apoyo! Un abrazo grande.

XO,
 
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This is a very special post dedicated to my beautiful country; Venezuela and to all the people fighting today for our freedom.

I decided to write this post simply because it was in my heart. I think part of the reason why I’ve been feeling a little down lately is because of everything that’s going on in my country. I feel like the least I can do is to share what’s going on, my personal story and ways you can help.

People in Venezuela are fighting with their lives to bring down a government that has been around for 18 years and it’s not a democratic one. I beg of you, please read this post and help in any way you can by donating ($5 is a lot of money in Venezuela) or by sharing this post. Kids & people are dying every day because there’s no food nor medicines. I’ll do my best to literally translate what I wrote above, so here it goes:

It’s been weeks since I wanted to write this post about how I feel about what’s happening in Venezuela and I didn’t know where to start. I guess there are so many mixed feelings and emotions and they are hard to canalize in just one post, but I’m going to try anyway.

I left my country -Venezuela- three years ago with the intention of never going back. Since I was very young I was fortunate enough to visit the US, since a large portion of my family resides here, so I was able to compare and contrast the reality of two completely different countries. Since I was little, I’ve always wanted to live here and if I’m being honest, even before Chavez, in my eyes, Venezuela has never been the country that’s meant to be and this was very easy to notice when you compared it to such a powerful country like the United States.

When I first decided to leave, I was thrilled to say the least. I couldn’t wait to live in a great city like Chicago and finally be able to do all the things I’ve always dreamt doing. I was born in a very small town called ‘El Tigre’ and was raised in a city (for some a small town as well lol) called Lecheria and none of them offered opportunities to do the things I’ve always wanted to do. I worked in the oil industry and I think that living that experience was one of the things that really pushed me to move out… or at least it was the last drop. I learned so much working there and it was an incredible experience, but I also lived very frustrating situations that I don’t wish anyone to live. But, despite all the bad things, everything happened like it was supposed to happen.

I understand that today.

Now, three years later, I’m still in Chicago and I’m good, I’m happy. I’m doing all the things I’ve ever dreamt of doing, but feeling so helpless and my heart is broken because of all the things that are going on back home. I hope this is the beginning of the end because I don’t think Venezuela can’t take it anymore. It’s ironic, but when I left (and everyone that knows me has heard me said this), I would say that I hated my country, but looking back now I understand that what I was feeling was not hatred, just an immense amount of pain for having to leave the country I grew up in, where I studied and from where I have the best memories, because I also was very fortunate to travel and explore Venezuela, and trust me, there’s nothing like it.

Venezuela, big part of the grudge I was holding against you, is because I don’t have my friends with me anymore, we are spread all over the world. Because my parents, who love you more than anything, can’t live there anymore because there’s no treatment for my dad’s disease (He has cancer). Because I felt that you built me and turned me into this person who’s smart and professional and then you left me no choice but to abandon you to try to make it somewhere else, because the brilliant future I had with you stopped existing when everyone started to hate and attack each other for political reasons.

It took me three years to miss you Venezuela. It took me three years to realize how much I love you and to acknowledge how grateful I am because you shaped me into the person I am today. Thank you for teaching me what warmth is, how to share, for gifting me with friends that are like family, for having the best food in the world. For letting me walk barefoot and free in your beaches, rivers, mountains and sand dunes. Thank you for educating and forming me with values and principles that are not easy no obtain in other cultures. Thank you for giving me the tittle of VENEZUELAN.

With a lot of pain in my heart I now look at you as a part of my past, but at the same time and feeling tremendously hopeful I’d like to start seeing you as a part of my future. Big thanks to everyone who’s in there fighting for the country that, for completely selfish reasons, I decided to abandon searching for what I believe is a better future for myself. Thanks to everyone who decided to stay and fight, literally with their lives, for the country I gave away three years ago. This post is for you and to help you.

Did I make the right choice? I don’t know that just yet, but it was the decision I made and today I’m at peace with that. We are different and our realities and opportunities are not the same. That doesn’t make me less Venezuelan, but at the same time it doesn’t exonerate me from an eternal debt with every person in there giving their lives for our country.

There are so many ways you can help and I’ve contacted a lot of people back home to list the ones that are legit. Some of these ways may sound unconventional to you, but keep in mind that Venezuela is not a free country, and the government is doing its best to starve people to death and to kill and attack anyone who thinks different.

So, here are the ways you can help:

  • Medicines people in hospitals. Follow this link. It’s an amazon registry. Some of the things may seem basic, but that’s how bad things are back home.
  • Food for children in need. Follow this link. It’s a GoFundMe account used to buy food for children who are starving to death everyday.
  • Amazon account that gets updated daily with the things that people in the protests need. Follow this link. Use these names and addresses for shipment:

Name: Manos por la salud // William Morales // Alicia Lopez

Company: Covemex INC

Address: 6171 NW 72 Avenue. Miami FL 33166

Forward order number to: alopez@covecargo.com.ve y dpassarelli@covemex.com

  • An Amazon account created by some of the students of one of the most prestigious universities in Venezuela where you can buy first aid kits and medicines. Follow this link. These kids are leading the protests and they make me so proud.
  • Helmets for protesters (Instagram @CascosvsBombas). It’s a GoFundMe account. Follow this link.
  • Shields for protesters (Instagram @escudosvsbombas). It’s a GoFundMe account. Follow this link. 
  • Food for people at the protests. It’s a fundraising account from Generosity. Follow this link. 

Needless to say, all the things I mentioned on this post about the situation in Venezuela are verifiable with a simple Google search. If you’re still reading this post, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to learn and help about a cause so close to my heart.

I honestly, don’t know where I’d be without your support! Thank you for stopping by and like I said before, any donation or just sharing this post to create awareness is very much appreciated.

Have a great weekend! Thank you so so much!

XO,

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HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF VENEZUELA. MY CITY LECHERIA AND MARGARITA ISLAND:

Photo Credit: My sister Alicia, who’s an amazing photographer and will be taking my photos real soon!

 

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  • Alyssa Moore
    Reply

    Wow! Such a beautiful post! You did put your heart and emotions into this one.

  • Morgan Ryan
    Reply

    Everything happens for a reason!! Enjoy Chicago, it’s a great city 🙂

  • marcy
    Reply

    Yo que estoy mas cerca de Venezuela y con tantos amigos de Venezuela me duele ver por todo lo que están pasando allá. De verdad que es algo realmente inexplicable como han sufrido todos estos anos y todavía el pueblo sigue batallando y sufriendo. Yo solo espero que todo esto se logre resolver pronto y que sea un mejor Venezuela pronto. Mando todas mis fortalezas cada día para mis hermanos de Venezuela!

    xoxo
    Marcy

  • Everest
    Reply

    That’s such a beautifully written letter to your country! I never really knew about the struggles of the nation and its people and it really is heart breaking to know about it know.
    I really hope that there will be a change in how the country is governed soon. Stay strong Venezualean!

  • Helen Chik
    Reply

    Wow this is such a strong post lady and it’s always so hard to see countries going through so much strife in terms of political instability. Your feelings are so beautifully put together and I am happy to hear that you are enjoying life in Chicago but can empathise that your heart aches for home. I would love to visit Venezuela one day and hopefully very soon it will be able to return to its true beauty!

    Helen xx
    http://helenchik.com

  • Sheree
    Reply

    This post is so heartbreaking and thought provoking. I can’t say that I share the same amount of empathy as you have but as a citizen of the world, we need to raise awareness as you have and bring attention into light. You are an amazing young woman, strong, compassionate and most of all inspiring. Please continue to be who you are and fight for what you believe in.

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

  • Ana Vukosavljevic
    Reply

    I didn’t know it’s this bad in Venezuela, I feel so sad because of the whole situation. You did an amazing thing, I’m pretty sure a lot of people will read this and help as well.

    I loved the photos, they are adorable!

    Stay strong!

    Sending lots of love,
    Ana

  • Maryam
    Reply

    This is such a beautiful post. It’s almost like a love letter for your country. It’s always good to show respect and attention to where we come from and not get lost in our current situation. You are such an amazing and caring person. I wish more people were like you. We need more kind hearted people in this world. You have my support and I will share the link to this post with others.

    xx, Maryam

  • Andreea Birsan
    Reply

    This was such a beautiful and well put together love letter for your country, Venezuela. I had no idea what Venezuela was going through, and it’s such a pity hearing what people go through on a daily basis :(. Thank you for spreading the word and bringing more and more awareness over this topic. Will make sure to share this article via all my social media platform, hope that will help somehow. Wishing you a great day! xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  • Reply

    What a beautiful love letter to your country. It’s so sad that in this day and age so much madness and fighting is still going on. Don’t beat yourself up – you’re so lucky to have the opportunity to make a better life for yourself. I pray for you and your family that one day Venezuela will find the peace it deserves.
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  • Open Kloset
    Reply

    Hey Darling:)
    Hows you?
    Thank you for sharing your story and This very Deep Post about your Life and Venezuela.
    I totally understand you, I left My Country 3 years ago as well, and moved to Portugal…
    So I understand you 100%.
    I didn’t knew what’s happening in Venezuela but its sooo sad:(
    I hope things going better.
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Week 🙂

  • Jacqueline
    Reply

    I think it’s great that you wrote this post. It sounds like you miss it a lot and there’s a lot of emotion behind this post. You may always wonder if you made the right decision but had you stayed you’d be wondering what if you had come to the US. It’s a catch 22 my friend. I hope that your people can fight the good fight!

  • Aurela lacaj
    Reply

    Your story is touching and I am happy that you wrote this post. I have the same story, I also left Albania at very early age 24 years ago to be exact to escape communist and I was only 18 years old. I can totally relate with your story and roots. It took me years to miss my country and appreciate my childhood. I am really sorry your dad is sick, wish him all the best. You are a beautiful strong women and this story brought me into tears. Being in Canada I know how fortune I am to live here but it breaks my heart to see all the countries who suffer and have a hard time. I never been to Venezuela, have so many friends who are from there and they always ask me to visit. Thanks for sharing your story!
    Aurela xoxo
    http://www.aurelafashionista.com

  • Vanessa
    Reply

    Wow Aimara! que puedo decirte, este post simplemente me llego directo al corazón! Que linda manera de expresar tus sentimientos. Me identifico plenamente contigo porque me mude a San Diego hace 4 años de la ciudad de Mexico. Soy orgullosamente mexicana y mi país tambien sufre de una dificil situacion tanto economica como en cuestion de seguridad. El destino es muy sabio, amo San Diego pero siempre llevare en mi corazon a mi pais que tanto amo.
    Un abrazo!

    Vanessa

  • Lily Rose
    Reply

    Venezuela is such a beautiful country and people. I am so so sorry that you had to leave the country for better opportunities (for yourself and for you dad). I am so proud of you for still loving the country and thinking of it even now. I know you say you may have hatred but that hatred is towards the government. Through your words and pictures, I know you are proud and still very much love Venezuela. You certainly care for the people who are suffering and protesting there right now.
    I had to leave my country Vietnam at a young age as well for better opportunities because nothing can beat the dream land of United States. Although Vietnam isn’t going through what Venezuela has to face, I can relate a bit on the pain you’re feeling as a child wishing nothing but the best for her motherland. I really wish the best for your country and people and I hope to hear more good news soon!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • Eva
    Reply

    Hearth breathtaking…I like that you wrote this post. It’s important to remember where we left off and do not forget. Whatever thing in life serves to experienced and to grow. And you do very well if you can now help through your blog where people can help where they need for a good cause.
    Xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  • Wanderlustts
    Reply

    This is one of those post that really put your life and your situation in perspective. Too often we forget what’s happening around the world because we are so comfortable in our own bubble of existence. But the struggle is really real out there and when we compare it to our own comfy situation, we forget about the harsh realities of what’s around us. I don’t think you should be so hard on yourself and you made the right choice. Just know that everyone is fighting and trying the best they can

    Wanderlustts
    http://www.wanderlustts.com

  • Dom
    Reply

    Hello my friend. I’m really at loss for words at what I want to say. You truly touched my heart with this post and i’m emotional reading it. You are one amazing woman and story is incredible. Finishing off this post I immediately went and grabbed my wallet to donate, because you made my heart tug with what you said up there. Venezuela made you who you are and you honor that so beautifully. Thank you for sharing with us how we can help. I will also keep your family, your dad, and you in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong my friend, we have to.
    Love, Dom

  • Reply

    Such a great post – such heartbreak and so much tragedy. Praying for your Beautiful country my friend!

  • Jennifer
    Reply

    Such a beautiful post! I had no idea… thank you for shedding some light!

    xo, Jennifer
    http://www.publicistinpearls.com

  • Kirsten Wendlandt
    Reply

    Aimara, thank you so much for the honesty in your post and for sharing your story and troubles with us. You are so incredibly empathetic and I can’t imagine how you must feel for all the people of your country. The fact that you shared this with all of us shows what a strong, mature, and caring woman you are. Thank you for sharing

  • Jessie
    Reply

    This is such a meaningful post girl. Thanks for sharing and It did got me some overwhelmed with a mixture of feelings. To be honest, before I read this post, I didn’t know there are that many things going on in Venezuela, and all I know is that it’s a beautiful country, everyone there is very friendly and it is a great holiday destination. After reading your post, I definitely want to do something to help to raise the awareness by sharing this post!!

    Thanks for sharing.

    xx, Jessie
    http://www.4evajessie.com

  • Candi
    Reply

    Wow, your post has given me such intimate, shocking insight into Venezuela, things you seldom read about in the news. I saw your instagram posts and came here to read more and again, you have so much heart in you and I have so much respect for you. Thank you for sharing the story with us, I am deeply touched. Also, I am glad you are at least safe in Chicago now, and living your life to the fullest while contributing to Venezuela, amazing!

    XO Candi
    thelollychase.com

  • Manda
    Reply

    I honestly had no idea so I thank you for shedding some light on this for me. If it’s been discussed on television, I hardly watch the news anymore because it’s so difficult to take into account what is real and what isn’t anymore. In high school many of my friends were Venezuelan and I remember the beautiful images that they showed me of their country, similar to ones you have posted! However, they never spoke to me about political agendas going on in the country! I’m taken back that your father could not get health care and I will be praying for him! Hopefully, he has been able to get good treatment in the U.S. I’ve said this to you before but it’s incredibly brave to leave your country and start over, even if you know it’s for a good reason! I will be checking out those links to see how I can help and impact! Especially for the children!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  • Jackie
    Reply

    This is such a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing your story with us. I can completely understand questioning yourself if you made the right choice. But the fact that you are sharing your story with the rest of the world just shows that you made the right choice. You are educating us about what’s going on and providing ways for the rest of the world to get involved and help. Very brave and inspiring! Thank you for sharing a part of your story.

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

  • claudia salinas
    Reply

    Super triste situación lo que pasa en Venezuela. Gracias por compartir los links. Como Latina y Mexicana, definitivamente me uno a la causa de ayudar a mis hermanos de Venezuela. La union hace la fuerza. Mucho amor y luz para ese bello país xx

  • Britta
    Reply

    Your pictures are so beautiful! So well done!
    I feel you about the way you feel for your country. I do the the same sometimes.
    A little help can go a long way! And this is great start.

  • Christine Kong
    Reply

    This is such a heartbreaking post. Having been born and raised in the US and never lived anywhere else, I can’t imagine the suffering that goes on in places like Venezuela. It truly is such a beautiful country and to have it be ripped apart by the government and have so many people suffering there sounds so horrible. I am happy that you moved and are in Chicago living your dreams, but I can also sympathize with your pain and mixed emotions about what’s going on there. I think you are doing an amazing job just bringing awareness to everyone. I had no idea that it was so messed up there and you sharing this post and on your Instagram is helping in so many ways. Keep on fighting the good fight! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  • Thomas Falkenstedt
    Reply

    It truly is bittersweet to leave a country with such immense beauty and richness because of the current political situation which makes life a living hell to those who live there. I don’t think you did wrong in leaving, instead you’re raising awareness for an issue that most of us outside Venezuela aren’t aware of. That’s something you probably couldn’t have done in and from Venezuela. As for hate, it usually is the result of fear, just as it proved to be in your case. Stand up and be proud of being Venezuelan and hopefully things will get back in order soon!
    Love,
    Thomas

  • Haydee
    Reply

    Asi es mi querida Bibi ,siguen los días tristes, de ansiedad y de mucha impotencia para nosotros!En estos momentos la oración y la fé en Dios que todo lo puede nos da la fuerza para seguir en resistencia. Seguimos fuerte, seguimos en la calle y acudimos de la manera que mas nos parece a ese sentimiento de defender nuestro dos mas grandes tesoros la familia y un país. Sin país no hacemos familia, no hacemos vida. Hoy mas que nunca se necesita que el mundo sepa la crueldad de esta Dictadura. Gracias por ser una voz mas … con la certeza de que pronto seremos una nacion libre y que cada Venezolano querra regresar a esta tierra maravillosa y noble… 🇻🇪

  • Diana
    Reply

    This post os so beautiful and the photos are beyond adorable!
    I feel your feelings for your country that you were born, I wish sometimes that things were different for my country too. But problem is in inside government that doesn’t understand and support what people want. At least, you got a chance to live in big city compare to all other kids who is suffering there.
    Thanks for sharing babe
    XO
    Diana

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

  • Amy
    Reply

    Such a beautiful post! I didn’t know this about Venezuela until I read about it here on your blog post. Thank you for sharing this with us. You are absolutely so amazing and inspirational. I will be sharing your post and helping in any way I can. Sending you lots of love.
    xo,
    -Amy K.

  • VALE
    Reply

    I wasn’t well informed about the gravity of the situation in Venezuela. Thank you for bringing awareness to this cause. It’s known worldwide, but hearing it from a Venezuelan makes it close to my heart. It’s such a loss for a beautiful and resourceful country like yours being pulled back by a dictator. I will share your post and do what I can to help. Big hugs dear Aimara

  • Mei Chang
    Reply

    This is a wonderful post, thank you for sharing with us all about your country. Beautiful pictures too. Will be supporting through GoFundMe.

  • Reply

    I am completely overwhelmed with feelings right now and what I’m feeling most is that you are such a strong , amazing, empathetic woman and also brave and inspiring. Only you can make the correct and worthwhile decisions in your own life and you may look back sometimes and wonder if you did the right thing but that’s just a natural part of the ever changing growth that makes us better people. I have to thank Venezuela for shaping you into the beautiful person you are and I’m thankful we have had the opportunity to connect. I’m glad you shared not just the problems but ways we can all help. It’s wonderful to know that a little bit can go a long way !

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