In the name of President Hugo Chávez, Minister for Indigenous Peoples Nicia Maldonado handed over on Tuesday the first economic benefits to indigenous families in the state of Zulia in northwestern Venezuela.
The minister said that a total of 329 families in the Yukpa community registered with the government-funded social mission known as “Sons of Venezuela,” which is designed to help pregnant women and teenagers, children and adolescents, and disabled people of all ages living in extreme poverty.
The Yukpa families each received bank card through which they will access their monthly benefits. Maldonado recalled that indigenous peoples were exterminated and excluded by prior governments, their lands taken and they were forcibly moved to other areas.
The minister pointed out that indigenous peoples have regained their dignity through their inclusion in this and other social programs promoted by the revolution, such as the Great Housing Mission, Mission Higher Love (which provides pension benefits to the elderly), and the educational missions.
YVKE Mundial / Press Office – Embassy of Venezuela to the U.S. / January 25, 2012