Community

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.