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