From Alaska Inter-Tribal Council
Greetings AI-TC Newsletter Subscribers,
(ALASKA) This is a very heartwarming and compelling story, that we felt should
be shared. The Citgo / Venezuela heating oil relief program has
literally saved lives here in Alaska, and the generosity of the
Venezuelan people has provided great social change.
The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez
announced on Monday, January 25, that the Venezuelan government will
forgive any Venezuelan debts held by Haiti.
During a meeting of the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance
for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Venezuelan president said
that in view of the tragedy suffered by the Caribbean nation, its debt
will be not only be forgiven, but the Venezuelan oil supply to the
country will continue.
President Chavez Proposes ALBA countries to Create Humanitarian Fund
Likewise, the Venezuelan head of state proposed the creation of a
$100 million Humanitarian Fund to strengthen the aid offered by the
ALBA countries to Haiti.
President Chavez explained that the fund will be financed by the
governments, peoples and companies that integrate the Latin American
As a complement to the Venezuelan Aid, CITGO Petroleum Corporation,
and its charitable organization, the Simón Bolívar Foundation, have
started the shipment to Port-Au-Prince of 120 tons of humanitarian
aid, in coordination with the Embassies of the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela and the Republic of Haiti in the United States. This effort
complements the contributions of the Venezuelan people through their
government, led by President Hugo Chávez, with the goal of
alleviating the suffering of the thousands of people left homeless
following the earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation on Jan. 12.
“In alignment with the solidarity principle of our shareholder,
PDVSA, the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela, we at CITGO are working very hard to offer additional
assistance to the Haitian people at this time of need. Because of
this, I am very pleased to witness today the sendoff of this first
20-ton shipment, out of 120-tons of aid to be shipped to
Port-A-Prince,” said Alejandro Granado, president and CEO of CITGO,
an affiliate of PDVSA.
The high ranking oil executive explained that CITGO allocated one
million dollars for the purchase of aid to Haiti which will help
between 8,000 and 10,000 people. The funds were invested in the
purchase of tents, cots, and non battery-operated AM/FM radios, which
recharge using a manual system, as required by the Embassy of the
Republic of Haiti in the United States.
Additionally, CITGO is conducting a fund-raising campaign, aimed at
increasing the help to the people of Haiti. This campaign involves
CITGO’s 3,600 employees and more than a thousand energy companies,
suppliers, marketers and owners of CITGO branded service stations, as
well as non-governmental/non-profit organizations, especially those
with which CITGO is partnering in different social development
initiatives. Furthermore, the Simón Bolívar Foundation is also
matching dollar-for-dollar, up to $600,000 in monetary donations by
CITGO employees, which could add $1.2 million to the total aid being
“Not only are we shipping aid items to Port-Au-Prince, we are also
sending CITGO representatives to accompany a member of the Venezuelan
embassy in the United States, in order to guarantee the arrival and
distribution of the aid among the Haitian population, in support of
the Haitian authorities and the Simón Bolívar International Brigade,
sent by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” Granado said.
During the preparations to send this first shipment, the CITGO
president was accompanied by the Minister Counselor of the Embassy of
the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States, Ángelo
“Venezuela in good part owes its independence to Haiti, and because
of this, as President Hugo Chávez has pointed out, we will continue
to do everything we can to help this sister nation recover from this
tragedy,” Rivero said.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of
transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial
products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect
wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national
oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
For more information visit www.citgo.com
AI-TC Tribal Newsletter Team
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