Today Chavez’s presence is felt more than ever here in Venezuela.
Chavez is in the heart of the people, although physically gone,
his death has aroused the sleeping dragon inside the Venezuelan people, ensuring that
the revolution is here to stay.
Millions are mourning, millions are missing him and in his honour we will not stop working to protect the legacy Chavez left us. Now the people are conscious, as Bolivar said “An ignorant people is a blind instrument of its own destruction” but ignorance is now over; people are awake, alert and educated from the 14 years of Chavez’s hard work for us to have this Bolivarian revolution.
Here is a resume of the achievements the presidential time of Hugo Chavez:
Since 1998, there have been 16 elections in Venezuela, including the election to adopt a new Constitution in 1999 and a call for a referendum in 2004, more people are exercising their right to vote. The last presidential election had a turnout of 75%. More than 18.3 million people, nearly two-thirds of the population have been registered to vote in the upcoming presidential elections on October 7th 2013.
Venezuela has the third lowest level of poverty in the region, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Between 2002 and 2010, poverty was reduced by 20.8% (from 48.6 to 27.8%), and extreme poverty fell by 11.5% (from 22.2 to 10.7%).
Many new social programs were established in order to eradicate extreme poverty, including the ‘Great Mission Children of Venezuela’, which benefits young mothers and pregnant teenagers in poverty. The Government invested in social programs since 1999 has reached $ 468 billion, a figure much higher than the investment made during the previous decade. In 2011 the social investment expenditure represented 60% of the government budget. Venezuela’s reduction of inequality is distinguished between the countries of the region.
With the aim of improving literacy Venezuela implemented a literacy program to teach people to read and write. In 2005 1.5 million people benefited from this programme and UNESCO declared the country free from illiteracy.
The reduction of the malnutrition level in Venezuela has fallen more than half, from 7.7% in the nineties to 3.7% in 2010. 14 million citizens now have access to high quality food at subsidized prices, and the new Law of Fair Costs and Prices adopted in 2011 ensures the continued availability of affordable food for everyone.
Venezuela hosted the founding summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean (CELAC). This historic regional group, made up of 33 countries, aims to forge unity and peace in the region.
From 2003 to 2010, 432 million people were benefiting from the services offered in Free Health centres and more than 300,000 lives have been saved.
At the end of 2011 the unemployment rate in Venezuela reached 6.5% in comparison to 13.7% in 2001, a reduction of more than double.
Three of the five main authorities in Venezuela are led by women. Currently, the Cabinet has 30% female participation, and 16% of the seats in the National Assembly are held by women.
In 1999 Constitution formally recognized indigenous languages, and has three National Assembly seats for representatives of indigenous peoples. Also, Venezuela has represented its population of African descent. In May 2011 the Organic Law against Racial Discrimination was approved to eradicate and punish racism.
In 2011 Venezuela received an award from UNESCO in recognition of its efforts to make internet access free to citizens through the Infocentro Foundation. Its technological literacy program has benefited more than a million people.
These achievements are still in force, and it will continue, as Chavez’s revolutionary ethics, leadership and values are still alive. Chavez is commemorated and now lives on through the people. We are Chavez!