We are the Venezuelan Engagement Foundation Group, charitable No: 501(c)(3), formed by several not-for-profit organizations, connected to help different regions around the world. In spite of our short existence, we already count with over 500 volunteers, in cities in the United States, Canada, Spain, Greece, Peru, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela, who work to help the most communities in need.

  In United States and Latin America, we work through the American Venezuelan Engagement Foundation (AVEF), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) duly registered as a not-for-profit corporation under the status of 501(c)(3) by the IRS office, with the faculty to provide deductibles Tax Receipts to the donorsn.

Our Objetives

General Objetive

 

Provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable populations in Venezuela.

Specific Objetive

 

It consists of collecting medicines, hospital medical supplies, school supplies, toiletries and personal hygiene, clothing, providing food and providing the necessary logistics for free distribution.

Our Mision

We are a not-for-profit NGO with more than 500 volunteers, our mission is to:

  • Provide education, counselling and other support services for immigrants and refugees in need, including assistance in immigration procedures, job search programs, and information programs on American culture and life.
     

  • Relieve proverty by providing food and other basic necessities to individuals and families in need in USA and Venezuela.
     

  • Advance education by providing English language courses to children in Venezuela.
     

  • Send humanitarian aid to children and people in need in LATAM

We support social and local initiatives in partnerships, empowering people to obtain their own goals to development the communities. Now on, we are working to help Venezuelan nationals through fundraising, collection of materials, food, medicines and school supplies, all of which are distributed among the most underprivileged neighborhoods and the zones most affected by the crisis this country is facing.

 

Also, we are focus in built educational and local programs to cooperate in initiatives that will help with the integration process of the immigrants as well as the improvements against poverty worldwide.

Organizative Structure

GABI J. GARCIA

Founder & President

Mrs. Garcia born in Caracas, Venezuela. She obtained a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Universidad Simon Bolivar in 1990. She worked as an Architect & President in her own Firm for more than 20 years.  She combined her specialization as a General Inspector in several Projects with a lot of designs Projects and renovations.

Also, Mrs. Garcia was the Founder & CEO of a group of retail stores in Caracas for 10 years (Bath & Body Collection) 

For many years she volunteer with many humanitarian projects in Venezuela.  She worked as a part of the community team as a coordinator in several local and national elections for more than 30 years. 

Currently she is living in Canada with her family, where combines her activities as a Executive VicePresident of Venezuelan Engagement Foundation with her role as a World Jurist Association Delegate for UNICEF, in order to organize and impulse Humanitarian Aid Programs to the people in need.

ggarcia@engagementfound.org

Ph. +1 (305) 5631435

CARLOS E. SARDI

Director

Mr. Sardi was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Miami, Florida since 1979. Mr. Sardi practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, creditors' rights, insolvency, reorganization and restructuring, and general commercial and corporate matters. Prior to founding SARDI LAW PLLC in 2015, Mr. Sardi worked at a prestigious boutique law firm in Miami, Florida. Previously to practicing law, Mr. Sardi was an entrepreneur owning his own company, and before that he worked as a financial analyst for Xerox Corporation. Mr. Sardi is also very active in professional organizations such as the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Dade County Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association, Venezuelan American National Bar Association, Put Something Back Program of Miami-Dade County, Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, The Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, and the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida. He is also a Fellow of the Florida Bar Foundation in support of the value of justice, leadership, and charitable programs. Mr. Sardi has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers and as a "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Barry University teaching a course in bankruptcy law and has lectured for the National Business Institute. Mr. Sardi earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University in 2004.  Prior to obtaining his juris doctor degree, Mr. Sardi graduated from the University of Miami School of Business with a Bachelors in Business Administration, cum laude, in 1985, and later a Masters in Business Administration from the same school in 1987, both with a concentration in finance.

info@engagementfound.org  

Ph. +1 (786) 3255934

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VALERIA VIERA

Director

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MARTHA VIERA-BLANCO

Miami Coordinator

Mrs. Viera is a well respected dermatologist graduated from Medical School in Venezuela (Universidad Central – Escuela Luis Razetti) and moved to USA in 2001 where she continued with her medical curriculum at University of Miami,Florida where she completed her Dermatology specialty. She works in private practice at Doral Dermatology Group and she is a volunteer faculty at University of Miami. She has been awarded with the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA); In 2008 Recognition of Excellence Award (Residents and Fellow Section of AMA) and in 2012 Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship Award.

Currently she is the Operational Director and Event Coordinator of the Venezuelan Engagement Foundation Group for which she has developed many fundraising events such as “Una comida por Venezuela" and “Una obra para Venezuela”, where the funds where directed to the VEFG Food Programs.

mviera@engagementfound.org  

Ph. +1 (786) 4782998

CONSTANZA VIERA

Executive Assistant

Constanza Viera has a background in Economics and Business, and after finishing her Master’s Degree at the University of Miami she started volunteering to help feed children in Venezuela through the Engagement Foundation Group. Being born and raised in Venezuela, she felt the need to use her skills to devote her time to those in need of basic necessities, and the Engagement Foundation was the perfect way to merge Marketing and Philatrophy. Through organizing fundraisers and social events in Montreal, Madrid, and South Florida, she has been able to expand the Foundation and reach worldwide contacts that constantly contribute towards our cause.

 

cviera@engagementfound.org  

Ph. +1 (617) 8663825

LEOPOLDO GARCIA

Health Programs Coordinator

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, now living in Canada as a temporal resident. Married and father of twins. An orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in managing, training, and teaching sports medicine and prosthesis implantation. Throughout my postgraduate training and my professional experience, I have had the opportunity to be involved in several research projects regarding orthopedic surgery, and was able to share some of the findings in journals and conferences. I was a Research and Clinical Fellow in Sports Medicine, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy Surgery at the Istituto Ortopedicci Rizzoli, in Bologna, Italy. Work as volunteer doctor with the poverty communities in Venezuela for the Centro Medico Docente la Trinidad and Puerto Azul Foundation. Member of Cruz Roja Venezuela.

medicines@engagementfound.org

Ph. +1 (514) 6213179

EULER MARIN

Community & Website Manager

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JULIE FERNANDEZ

Events Producer

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Honorary Members

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FRANKLIN HOET

Honorary Member

Franklin has dedicated part of his professional activity to mediation and international negotiation, specializing in intellectual property. Arbitrator and mediator of World Services Group; Arbitrator for the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI); the Specialized Center of Arbitration and Conciliation of the Chamber of Conciliation in Intellectual Property, Colombia; and Mediator at the Center for Mediation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He was also President and Co-founder of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); and he is the current President of the World Jurists Association. He has been considered one of the top IP lawyers in Venezuela by Latin Lawyer, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. Author of several legal works edited in Venezuela.

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ORLANDO VIERA BLANCO

Honorary Member

Mr. Viera-Blanco is a well-known Venezuelan Lawyer and Human Rights activist.  He graduated from Universidad Católica de Venezuela in Caracas in 1987, continuing his Graduate Studies in Commercial Law and Intelectual Property. Mr. Viera-Blanco also has a Master Degree in Political Science from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. He taugh Political Culture and Democratic Values in Canadian and Venezuelan Universities. ​

Mr. Viera Blanco is the Senior Partner & Founder of the Law Firm "Viera Blanco & Asociados" established in 1989. Also he founded a political communication, public opinion and qualitative surveys Firm "Data Mining"  in 2003. He is a regular columnist and writer for more than 25 years in  a Venezuelan newspaper "El Universal" and other newspapers/media/websites of national and international circulation.

As a Latin American VicePresident for the World Jurist Association he participated in several conferences about Law and Human Rights. He is an external advisor to the Permanent Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Venezuela.  He participated as an advisor in many electoral campaigns and Political Communication in Venezuela.

Currently Mr. Viera Blanco combines his dues as a President of Venezuelan Engagement Foundation Group with his activities in the defense of Human Rights around the world and his work as a Lawyer.

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BARBARA PALACIOS

Honorary Member

Bárbara Palacios is a highly respected public figure with an impeccable reputation. Living most of her life in Caracas, Venezuela, moving to the United States with her family in 2000 and currently residing in Florida. Barbara has been married for 29 years and has 2 children.She has simultaneously developed an intense and productive career as a recognized spokesperson for a variety of company’s, as well as in the television industry in the US and abroad. She has served as host for many TV shows including the Latin Grammys (5 years), Miss Venezuela (7 Years), Miss Universe, Viña del Mar Festival, Miss USA and others.

​Miss Universe, Author, International Speaker, Entrepreneur, Recognized Spokesperson, TV Celebrity

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FERNANDO OSORIO

Honorary Member

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Venezuela Team

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HENRYS SILVA

Coordinator

Born in Quiriquire, State of Monagas, Venezuela. He is an entrepreneur and potential motivator. Activist and an ambassador of social causes through the foundation he founded and has led for four years. The Foundation "A New Hope" (Fundación Una Nueva Esperanza, FUNDUNE, in Spanish), one of the organizations allied to VEFG from Venezuela. He is a Radio Speaker graduated at Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas and he also holds a degree of Medical Doctor, graduated at Universidad de Oriente in Bolivar city. He is an artist, singer, and TV host (Currently, the host of the marathon program "Super Sabado Sensacional", led previously by Amador Bendayan, Gilberto Correa, Daniel Sarcos and Leonardo Villalobos). He is also a presenter of the beauty pageant of universal reference, the "Miss Venezuela", both broadcasted through Venevision, Venevision Plus, and Venevision USA. Likewise, he hosts the lottery game "El Kino Tachira" of Tachira Lottery raffles for Venezuela. Today, as never before, the commitment of Henrys Silva, his Board of Directors and of the volunteers that work with him in his Organization "FUNDUNE" is to serve the one in need in Venezuela and to be a channel for VEFG and their plans, to work as allies and to supervise the projects along with VEFG.

contactosilva@engagementfound.org 

+58 (414) 8576184

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ROMINA ROJAS

Coordinator

Born in the city of Maturín in Venezuela, October 5, 1977. She studied chemicall engineering at the University of Oriente and graduated in the year 2003, She studied English at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, and She studied in the area of automation and Industrial Informatics.

She works in the Venezuelan oil industry in the area of oil, gas and water production, responsible for designing and planning the infrastructure for the processing requirements of oil, gas and water associated with the production of petroleum. Responsible for the optimization of process plants, especially flow stations in the Department of Production engineers, with extensive knowledge in systems of transmission or collection of fluids, separators, pipes, gas injection nets Lift at surface level. In addition, She has carried out a job of providing clothes and food for the children of the hostel Maturín and since January 2019 She serves as coordinator in the eastern part of the VEFG food Program.

Rrojas@engagementfound.org

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REINA RUIZ

Coordinator

Reina Ruiz holds a Degree of English Teacher and Master in Higher Education from Universidad Pedagodica Experimental Libertador (UPEL) in Maturin. She has 12 years of experience in English Language Teaching. She works as an English teacher for both undergraduate and graduate programs for English Teachers at UPEL. She is the Secretary of VENTESOL (Venezuelan National Association of English Teachers). She joined Engagement Foundation as a volunteer in January 2018. Currently, she coordinates the English Program for Little Talents in which 65 children are taught English and receive a meal during their classes.

logistics@engagementfound.org

+58 (424) 9103138

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XIOMARA GARCIA

Coordinator

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YUCILIS

Coordinator

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Email: info@engagementfound.org

Phone: +1 305 563 1435

 

Address: 5223 NW 94th Doral PI

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