Comunidad Camuri Grande
Camuri Grande is in La Guaira, Edo Vargas. It was one of the worst affected areas during the landslides at the end of 1999 when tens of thousands of people were killed and many communities were destroyed and buried in mud.
Camuri Grande was cut off for a while and very badly damaged but the community is gradually beginning to return and rebuild. Years after the disaster though it is easy to forget that this was the worst disaster in Latin America in the entire century, coming as it did just a few days before the close of the century.
Rebuilding is a slow and painful process especially as so many lives were lost and because the traditional economy of weekend tourism and fishing were effectively destroyed as well. Apart from rebuilding homes, the community has had to find a way to rebuild roads, hospitals, schools, community centres, etc.
With high unemployment and the locals unable to use their old skills, their is a desperate need for re-training and skills programmes so that people can get jobs. This community programme has taken the leases from owners of properties are were almost destroyed and in return for a long lease, they have gradually repaired the properties so that they now run a youth and community centre, a pre-school, a ludoteca, a canteen for local children and a shop amongst other things.
In conjunction with another NGO, Venezuela Sin Límites, Veniños is to help fund a specialist computer training programme for local youth. It is a high quality, sought after training that will give graduates from the programme direct access to the employment market in an area where the skills base is missing.