Happy to Help

“My dad is Venezuelan
; my mother is French, and they met in the U.S. while they were exchange students in Philadelphia. They got married and moved to Venezuela together, where they had my big brother. Now things aren’t going so well there in Venezuela. Prices are skyrocketing. You must wait a long line to get food from the supermarket or buy from the black market. It’s ridiculous. A pair of sneakers costs as much as a house. You also need an ID card to make purchases because everything is rationed. So if you want to buy eggs, you can only buy eggs once a week. The worst part is that they won’t ask for help from other countries because they don’t want to acknowledge the fact that they have a crisis.

“I came here when I was 19 since it was my dream to live in Japan at the time. After 10 years of living in Japan, I want to move back to Europe. For the better part of the last decade, I’ve been working in sales and marketing for Japanese and Chinese companies, just paying the bills and my student loans. But for my next step, I want to do a job that I actually like, where I feel useful and help people in need or countries in need. That’s why I’ve been thinking about doing something more humanitarian. Funny thing is, even though Venezuelans have nothing—and I mean no water and no electricity half of the day because the country doesn’t function anymore—they’re still super generous and happy to help you, put food on your plate, and never ask for money in return. On the other hand, I’ve seen Japanese people having a great life, with everything they want, and still not be happy.”



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