La Compañía Humana (The Human Company) was created in 2002 with the purpose of promoting and developing education, typical Venezuelan music and the protection of the environment, through educational, social and cultural activities.
To carry out this beautiful project, the Escuela Básica Elsa Blaubach de Maldonado (Elsa Blaubach de Maldonado Elementary School) was built within the facilities of
Hato El Frío. It offered local children in the area the opportunity to have a formal education system.
After the forceful occupation of Hato El Frío in 2009, the Compañía Humana transferred its efforts to Hato Barrera, state of Carabobo, where it founded the Barrera Training Center and the Escuela de Musica Samuel y Lola Maldonado, a bio-climatic school of typical Venezuelan music with a scholarship program for children of scarce resources or low income.
Since the diaspora and at the initiative of Milagros Maldonado, META Miami - Maldonado Education Through Arts was created in the State of Florida, United States, with the essential purpose of contributing to education through the arts.
Since its inauguration in November 2010, more than 100 exhibitions have been held in the Maldonado headquarters, the Dorissa building in Wynwood, Miami,, which has become a benchmark for implementing exhibitions, theater activities, book presentations and all those initiatives that allow the integration of the community to international networks, for purposes of the best development of culture. It also has educational programs for children in the surrounding communities.
Consolidated in Florida since 2017, the Economic Maldonado Group (GEM) works with the Indian River work community to consolidate a corporate culture that is committed to excellence.
We improved facilities to provide our employees with state-of-the-art offices and a brotherly manufacturing environment. We focus on generating employment for the population of the areas surrounding our offices, we make food donations and we implement an educational scholarship program at the Indian River State College, an ASPEN award winning institution that made this university number one at the community level.
Within the history of companies that make up the Maldonado Economic Group (GEM), there are diverse social initiatives. Inlaca and La Previsora Foundations stand out: both focused on the technological training of their employees.
In the case of La Previsora Foundation, the nineties was a period of expansion and growth. Its mission and objectives included the development of educational and cultural activities linked to the fine arts, cinema and ecodevelopment. This new space for recreation and intellectual growth, became one of the main cultural centers of the city, with national and international importance. Said movie theater maintained a constant schedule of the highest quality. It won awards such as Socio-Cultural Heritage of Caracas.
In the sixties, the setting up of the Biological Station El Frío (the first biological station in the country) in association with the Coto Doñana in Spain was very well known worldwide. This unification generated hundreds of research with the collaboration of specialists from various countries, considering this wetland one of the most studied places on the planet. With the strive of Álvaro Maldonado the effort to rescue the Cayman of the Orinoco was undertaken and with it the implementation by the government of the Wildlife Refuge Caño Guaritico (Refugio de fauna de caño Guaritico)
In partnership with the Carolina Foundation, the Master in Biodiversity was conceived and launched, with the visit of the King of Spain to Hato El Frío. The hands-on training of the ranch´s cattle and ecological activity was being developed based on the sustainable management of the savanna in the plains, the domestication of the Cachilapo cattle, the proper taming of a horse or the manufacture of a hammock (Campechana). The nineties were of great importance to achieve the necessary progress in order to declare Hato El Frío as Biosphere Reserve for Humanity, led by Alexander Degwitz. Unfortunately, these achievements were thwarted by the Ranch’s occupation in 2009
From early dates Iván Darío Maldonado promoted in Hato El Frío an ecological education strategy addressed to workers, with a series of drastic measures for the protection and care of animals, which extended to the rest of the production units. He is remembered by his team for the number of hours spent listening to his employees, providing social support in health and education.
His wife, Elsa Blaubach also played a key role and participated in teaching reading and writing. She supervised clothing and food, sought merchandise to supply the ranche's stores and meet the medical and food needs of the locals. She also extracted maggots or parasite worms (Gusaneras) from the workers wounds and made soap in a huge vessel.
She prepared four hundred hallacas and enough rice milkshake (chicha) for families to enjoy the Christmas holidays. She recovered the trade of weaving hammocks (chinchorros) on looms and sought weavers in the villages of Apure, such as Mantecal and Samán. It was common to find in the corridor of the Páez house three- or four-women weaving hammocks (chinchorros). Her daughter Milagros Maldonado says: “They were very pretty hammocks, like rainbows. They were made with scraps of crochet threads because that was what was available. When they were not enough, my mother was completing them: a blue, a green, and a yellow stripe, according to the remaining pieces of thread. They were spectacular because they were like a Cruz Diez. ”
The Maldonado Economic Group has an important background in the life and work of Samuel Darío Maldonado. As a doctor and public officer, he directed his work to improve the sanitary, educational and cultural conditions of Venezuelan society.
An example of this were his bold initiatives implemented from the National Health Office, such as the numerous health campaigns carried out to fight the endemic diseases that plagued the country. That is why he is considered "one of the developers of modern Venezuelan Health." Being governor of the Amazon Territory, he went beyond his own duties to conduct in-depth studies of the region and advise and execute transformation proposals to improve the human conditions of Indigenous communities, exploited by the economic activity of rubber. He is also acknowledged for his interest in nature and the effect ha had on the conservation attitude of their son, Iván Darío Maldonado, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.