Eighth annual Citgo-Venezuela Heating Oil Program starts on Thursday
Under the program, free heating oil is provided to people unable to afford it during winter. Donations, which began in 2005, have benefitted over 1.7 million households
The eighth program was launched at the Night of Peace Family Shelter in Baltimore attended by Citgo Petroleum Corporation President and CEO Alejandro Granado, Citizens Energy Corporation Chairman Joseph P. Kennedy II, and Venezuelan Deputy Minister for North America Claudia Salerno Caldera.
The program, which began in 2005 in response to the high prices of heating oil resulting from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, has helped so far some 1.7 million people by supplying them over 200 million gallons of heating oil.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.