Hello everyone! my name is Johan Colmenares, I'm a Venezuelan citizen and as you know, the situation has been continuously getting * worse in my country. Food and medicine shortages have taken their toll on most of us. I have a wife and live with my mother. I'm the only son and my father left home 25 years ago so she fully needs my support. Saving money in my country is literally impossible, given the fact that our salary here doesn't even equal 10 dollars and you would honestly need 300 or 400 dollars to make ends meet. That means that our salary doesn't even allow an average citizen to buy toilet paper. The hyperinflation is increasing prices every two or three hours. Even though family members and friends help each other out in many ways, we're just surviving. Besides the economic recession, we are getting sick every two months because of the numerous garbage dumps that people have left in the middle of streets. Viruses and diseases are spreading rapidly.
I don't get help from outsiders. We're trying our best to get some food, but appart from our salary, we don't receive any money from abroad. That's the way many Venezuelans are fighting the hyperinflation every month, but not all of us have this extra help. On the other hand, crossing the border and settling in neighboring states without any planning is not the best way to start a new life. Thousands are lining up to receive food and basic medicine, but again the situation over there is far from being ideal, it's rather risky.
I need your support in order to leave the country with my family. I'm planning to go to Brazil on February, 2019. A friend of us who lives in the south of Brazil will make some things easier for us, like finding a place for us to stay the first two months or so, and helping me find a job. I could afford a ticket for a bus to make it to the Brazilian border, but I still would need to buy the plane tickets to get to the south and some money for the first month or so that we can use to afford food and basic necessities until I get my first pay cheque . We're planning to settle in Curitiba city, in the state of Paraná.
I would deeply appreciate your understanding and support, thank you so much for taking your time to read my story. It doesn't matter how much you contribute to this cause. It means a lot to me and my family. From the bottom of our hearts "muchísimas gracias" ;D