Venezuelans escaping their nation’s humanitarian crisis find hope in Philadelphia

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Luis Colmenares
Venezuelans escaping their nation’s humanitarian crisis find hope in Philadelphia
Venezuelans escaping their nation’s humanitarian crisis find...

Venezuelans escaping their nation’s humanitarian crisis find hope in Philadelphia

“Now that I’m in Philadelphia, no one can take me out of here.”

Venezuelans escaping their nation’s humanitarian crisis find hope in Philadelphia

“Now that I’m in Philadelphia, no one can take me out of here.”

Jose Benavides came to the United States the way many Venezuelans have: clandestinely. Five years ago, he fled the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, risking severe punishment.

He became involved with Philadelphia’s Casa de Venezuela shortly thereafter.

When Casa de Venezuela was founded in 2004, it was considered the first bilingual nonprofit in the Delaware Valley with the express goal of advancing the cultural heritage of Venezuela.

At first, the group focused heavily creating events intended to make of the more than 2,500 Venezuelans residing in Philly feel “more at home,” and to make los gringos of the city more knowledgeable about aspects of Venezuelan culture.

But for Benavides and many others, feeding people arepas and tequeños was not enough

Full article click here: https://billypenn.com/2018/06/17/after-escaping-the-humanitarian-crisis-in-their-home-country-venezuelans-find-hope-in-philly/

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