In the afternoon of Saturday, May 2nd, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Brazil, Maria Teresa Belandria, along with a group of volunteers delivered a batch of 50 basic baskets to Venezuelan families living in São Sebastião, a small city in the Federal District. The basic baskets, as well as some protection masks, are donations from some diplomats who are supportive of the current situation of Venezuelan migrants in Brazil. “We know that a basic basket will not solve their problems, but we want them to know that the embassy is there to help all Venezuelans when they need it,” the ambassador said during her tour.
In order to comply with the current regulations imposed by COVID-19 and to avoid crowding, the ambassador and the volunteers went house to house to deliver the aid. This is the fourth solidarity action of the Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil in São Sebastião, where the largest community of Venezuelans in the Federal District resides. On previous occasions, personal hygiene products, food, clothes and last December coinciding with the Christmas holidays, toys for children were distributed.
Since the pandemic was declared in Brazil at the beginning of March, many families in the Venezuelan community are in a vulnerable situation because most of them subsist thanks to the punctual jobs that are paid daily. Due to the quarantine recommended by the regional government and the closure of local commerce, many of these Venezuelans have been unable to continue working on a regular basis. Fortunately, many of them have been able to access the emergency aid of 600 reais per month (about US$110) provided by the government of Jair Bolsonaro for both Brazilians and foreigners legally residing in Brazil.