I have always been very feisty, I’m not a community leader for nothing. I wouldn’t waste time, I searched for a place and there I built a school. I’ve never liked children that have no things to do, children are the ones who suffer the most in the community. Their mothers had to work, most of them, single or widowed, because their husbands had been murdered by delinquency. The east is a world and the slum is another. The slum world is harsh. I can’t stay quiet. I help kids, I give talks to the young about drugs and how to reconcile peace among them. I don’t really mind that most of them are armed, I still talk to them. Those guys listen to me.
I do everything with passion because I have always liked social work. And thank goodness I always counted on my husband’s support, the poor man had to put up with me so much, but in the end he never stopped supporting me, I miss him very much.
I came to Caracas when I was ten. I am from Colombia, to be more specific, from La Guajira. I’m Guajira and I’ve always been good-looking. I could have been a Miss, but I met the love of my life at 24, Esteban. I got married to him and we moved to La Luz de La Vega neighborhood, here I’ve been a mother, an educator and a community leader. I founded the San Miguel School, also Grupo Rescate where we recruit young boys with behavior, drugs and alcohol issues. We teach poetry, singing, among other activities, like how to dictate workshops to counteract drug issues.
Here what we need is to kick the streets. For the community to get good things we got to give it our heart and will.
STORY PRODUCED IN COLLABORATION WITH
Caracas Mi Convive
An organization that builds trust relationships for community organization within the framework of violence prevention and the construction of a city of co-living.
Learn more about their work at www.miconvive.com