On Sunday, January 10, Venezuelan Vice President Aristóbulo Istúriz noted that Social Mission Bases are vital to combating poverty through their educational, health and food programs.
“As in times of war, bases are used as storage centers, strategic battle and technical hubs. In regards to society, we must tackle poverty and need large storage and organizational centers, where the people’s strength is concentrated in the fight against poverty,” he stated, quoting the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez.
Istúriz also noted, “We have a food program in every single one of the Centers, and the respective teams have already conducted studies to identify where malnutrition, and calorie and protein deficiencies are prevalent, these families are prioritized through the Mercal Household Food Program.”
The Bases are essentially logistical and operational centers built by the Venezuelan government in 1,500 communities suffering from extreme poverty in order to guarantee health, food, social and educational services to the people.