Pdvsa grants USD 3.3 million to Bronx communities
Citgo, a subsidiary of state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) based in the United States, entered into multiple agreements with some organizations in South Bronx, a New York City’s borough, awarding them USD 3.3 million for three years, for community development programs.
Democratic Congressman José Serrano, Venezuelan ambassador to Washington Bernardo Álvarez, and Citgo new CEO Alejandro Granado headed the ceremony at the headquarters of Rocking The Boat, one of the recipients, Efe reported.
This initiative follows the sale of discount heating oil as part of a program implemented by the subsidiary in 2005 on behalf of the communities of the 16th congressional district in South Bronx, the poorest in the nation and the one represented by Serrano. Later that year, the program extended up to 142 million liters and 380 million liters last winter.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez visited Bronx in 2005. At that time, he was welcomed by Serrano and promised to help the underprivileged communities. The aid started in November 2005 with the sale of the fuel. Granado estimated that this winter, a total of 200,000 poor households in 23 US states will get benefit from this program.
According to the Citgo CEO, the initiative was at the request of the organizations. A total of nine agencies that provide services to women and children, engaged in out-of-school activities, English and computer lessons, environmental protection, education, healthy food and housing will be the first beneficiaries in New York and the northeastern part of the United States.