Hugo Chavez



Hugo Chavez was born July 28, 1954 into a working family. Hugo's parents struggled with money and barely made ends meet. Hugo regularly went hungry and experienced poverty. As his parents wanted the best for their kids, they sent a few to go live with their grandmother, Rosa, for a while. Hugo's personal experience with the poor and poverty would later have a great affect on him in his office time. In elementary school Chavez really took a liking to politics and history. Chavez's grandmother and brother later moved so the boys would be able to attend the only high school around at the time. From 1971-1975, Hugo attended a military academy. He began to take part in the Andres Bello plan to bring a change to the military.


Hugo Chavez's struggle through cancer eventually leading to his death hit the hearts of many Venezuela citizens. Chavez grew up seeing poverty everyday, so it was his mission to help the poor of his country. He helped clean the country and provide food to the people on the streets. Hugo touched the lives of many, so when cancer defeated him the whole country was in morning. By the people's reactions to Hugo's death you can see the affect he really had on his community. Although not everyone in Venezuela was struggling and living in poverty... did Hugo put all his attention towards this one issue? Chavez did not focus on building Venezuela or bringing down taxes. The people coming from more money have the right to say their issues were pushed to the side and over looked through most of Chavez's presidency.

A Letter to Hugo

Dear Hugo,

I know you are on your death bed, and I felt the need to reach out to you... three years ago I was a single mother on the streets with my two little boys. I was losing hope. I remember walking down the street one day, and you were standing there giving out food with some other military officers. You were sharing your personal story with other struggling people. I remember walking over to you, and feeling like we shared the same story. It really hit me to see someone so successful come from a back ground similar to mine. You gave me hope that day. From that day on I searched and searched for some sort of job. I eventually got one and now am able to afford an apartment for my boys. I just wanted to share with you how much you touched my life, and what a great influence you have been on Venezuela. Thank you so much. I wish it was not your time to go. But I just wanted you to know you made a difference in my life, and I will forever be grateful for changing my boys' lives for the better.

Thank you for your inspiration,


Essential Question

Was Hugo's extreme interest in the poor a positive or negative for Venezuela, and was it fair for the citizens not struggling?