Our friend, colleague and relative Rafael Rodriguez (74) needs a heart surgery, but in Socialist Venezuela this is only possible if you have money.
Let me tell you about Rafael:
Rafael is 74 years old. He is not only Anabel's father and the grandfather of our son Pablo, he is also an inspiration and a friend, someone who is always ready to help without asking for anything in return. And he has done so many, many times in the past. When he was young he was a dedicated communist, a dedication which later turned into what I would call a leftist free thinking spirit, which automatically means that he is a radical opponent and critic of Chavism. For half his life he has practized Yoga and by now he has taken the vows of being a Zen monk. He worked as a civil servant for more than 40 years, planted more than 25.000 trees in his career as a forest engineer. He helped us during all our shoots in Venezuela (and you really need help when you are crazy enough to go shoot films with your 1 year old in the Andes mountains, the Amazon Forest and god knows where else). He gave us his car, his energy, his time, his thoughts - we even trained him to film some interviews for us. He gave, gave and gave. He never asked for anything from his government, until now. And now they fail him.
So now it is our turn to give.
HIS HEART IS SICK, HE NEEDS A BYPASS SURGERY.
Rafael lives in Venezuela. You might think that in this Socialist Paradise this operation is covered by the public health insurance. You are right. It is. But only in public hospitals, where this surgery is not performed anymore. No public hospital in Venezuela has the necessary equipment to perform this operation, or on fact: Most operations. The main surgeon had tears in his eyes when he told us "Your father is in the hands of god". Unless you do it in a PRIVATE HOSPITAL (like probably ALL government people and other rich Chavistas do... if they don't fly to Miami anyway). And even there, the equipment is about to run out. The situation in Venezuela is drastic, medical equipment of all kinds is running out EVERYWHERE because of the mismanagment of this government. There are only 2 more bypass surgeries to be done in all of Venezuela. Rafael is scheduled for one of them. After that it is either Miami for the rich people in red shirts or "the hands of god" for the common people.
We urgently need 5000.- USD (about 3640 Euros) to manage to cover this surgery. This might not sound much for many of you - great - even easier for you to help us!
Because WE DO NEED YOUR HELP FOR THIS!!!!
Anything helps! 5 Euros or 500, it does not matter, we are thankful for ANY contribution from you!
Here some photos of Rafael, he is the one with his fist raised ;-)
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