While the financial crisis has forced millions from their homes in the United States with no help from government agencies, Venezuelan President Chavez decreed a new fund this week to provide several billion dollars in relief aid for housing construction to help thousands displaced from the severe rains that hit the nation in late November.
Protecting the rights of renters will be a top priority of the Venezuelan government into the New Year, President Hugo Chavez announced last week during a ceremony held at Miraflores Presidential Palace.
Over the weekend, the Venezuelan government approved new funds and announced the nationalization of two companies that produce construction materials in order to accelerate a surge of public housing projects for people displaced by recent floods.
The U.S. Embassy in Caracas appears to have put in long hours examining President Hugo Chavez's efforts to build a socialist economy in Venezuela. But out of all the dense analysis springs one cable -- about the role of the humble tortilla in building a brave new world.
Venezuela’s Public Defender´s Office, Institute for the Defense of People’s Access to Goods and Services (INDEPABIS), and Superintendent of Insurance Activity initiated a joint commission this month to audit and oversee privately owned health care and insurance providers.
Venezuela is celebrating its 6th International Book Fair (Filven) this week, hosting special guest countries Argentina, Colombia and Mexico who presented a series of books, films, cultural exhibits and dance performances. Filven 2010 has made available hundreds of books to readers at subsidized prices.
The Venezuelan government this week distributed the first of an additional 350,000 portable laptop computers to be provided to public elementary school children by the end of the year. The goal for 2010 is to distribute a total of 525,000 Canaima computers.
Last week, Venezuela celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the United Nations Educational, ScientifIc and Cultural Organization’s declaration that the plague of illiteracy has been successfully eradicated in the South American nation.
The first School of Human Rights in Venezuela opened its doors on Saturday in Caracas to complement the academic training and research of various professionals in the field of promotion and defense of human rights with a critical and progressive approach.
Starting next year, the Venezuelan government will guarantee antiretroviral medication to people with HIV, and will expand the use of a Cuban-made medicine to treat diabetic foot ulcers nation-wide, according to recent announcements by the Venezuelan Health Ministry.
Venezuela’s representative in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Alfredo Missair, spoke on October 18 about Venezuela’s achievements in food access. He said that 14 million citizens (about half of the population) now have access to food at fair prices.