Ordaz family looks for work

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 09:15

Day-af­ter-day, the Or­daz fam­i­ly, who set­tled in Pe­nal af­ter flee­ing Venezuela, go in search of work.

They were among 105 peo­ple who were ar­rest­ed by the po­lice af­ter be­ing found in the forests near Pa­lo Seco last week.

Since they were grant­ed Or­ders of Su­per­vi­sion no­tices by the Im­mi­gra­tion Di­vi­sion, they have been try­ing to earn a liv­ing.

They sell cake and arepas to earn mon­ey to pay a $3,000 rent for a house they oc­cu­py at Morne Di­a­blo.

Sev­en­teen of them live in the house.

Al­though they are main­ly teach­ers and nurs­es by pro­fes­sion, they are will­ing to do any kind of me­nial work as long as they could get a salary. Their coun­try, Venezuela is among the rich­est in the world when it comes to nat­ur­al re­sources yet its peo­ple can­not even get food.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia, Ale­jan­dro Or­daz, 31, said he was grate­ful to be giv­en the op­por­tu­ni­ty to come to Trinidad as it was through the gen­eros­i­ty of the Trinidad peo­ple that they were still alive.

Or­daz said his sis­ter Eu­melis Or­daz was the on­ly one who is cur­rent­ly em­ployed. She works in a restau­rant. She came here on April 7. He said the women are more like­ly to get work.

“So far we have been try­ing but noth­ing as yet. We want to work. We are hap­py to help,” Ale­jan­dro said. He said back in Venezuela his salary was on­ly able to buy a car­ton of eggs and one kilo­gram of meat. I am a pro­fes­sor and my sis­ter is a teacher. My wife is a teacher too and our salaries were not enough,” he said.

He said their chil­dren, Keyn­er Or­daz, six, Kleyver Or­daz and Joshua Or­daz, both aged one were no longer sick,thanks to sup­port from the lo­cals who pro­vid­ed med­i­cine and food.

The Venezue­lans have of­fered to as­sist vil­lagers with dai­ly chores with the hope of earn­ing an in­come.

Mean­while, Ce­dros vil­lagers said many of the chil­dren who have been hid­ing out in the forests of Ica­cos, have moved out of the vil­lage. More Venezue­lans are con­tin­u­ing to come to Trinidad as reg­is­tra­tion day draws clos­er.

 - by Radhica De Silva