Orinoco Tribune is a project that was launched at the end of November, 2018, and the idea for our site is to expand the different points of views and to add new sources of information about Venezuela —with a progressive perspective— in English, due to the very limited options out there, at the moment. At the same time we want the information we post to have Venezuelan “sazón” (seasoning) on it and we want also to publish what usually isn’t being talked about, about our country, outside of our borders, since there is a lack of translation to the English language.
In Venezuela we have debates, we have constructive criticism, we have celebrations, we have victories, we make mistakes and we are not different from anyone else in the globe, we are just human beings. We are proud, stubborn but also humble, hard working and grounded people.
We initially thought that we were going to publish 3-5 post daily, but the reality of everything that is going on in/with our country has pushed us to do between 9-13 posts daily. We do it because of the love we have for our country and our desire to keep people informed with the truth of what’s happening here. Our goal is to defend our country and push the truth about what’s happening in and out of our borders.
With that being said, we want to ask for your help. Things are changing and happening in Venezuela very fast, and with how complicated the situation is in our country to keep you, our readers, informed we need some help. That is why we are kindly asking for donations to keep us afloat. The donations button can be found in our homepage and it can also be found on all of our posts (at the end of them if you are on a phone or in the righ side bar if you are on desktop).
You can donate via PayPal and that goes to the PayPal account of the Editor, Jesus Rodríguez, or you can do it using cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum and Zcash) if you are familiar with that technology.
We are currently running on movil data (meaning we have no internet) to do our work because the internet service providers in Venezuela have gone crazy in recent days. The other two ISP’s that we paid are down right now. We expect this situation to get worst and that’s why we are thinking about subscribing for a satellite service provider or other alternatives, but those providers are pricey. We need to keep our editing, translation, proofreading and social media work 24/7 and for that we need additional income, as well as for buying tech equipment that eventually is going to be needed (cameras, cellphones, mics, routers, etc).
We don’t like the idea of setting a goal and we understand that sometimes donators want recognition. For that we plan to recognize with a special mention to those who have donated and that are willing to allow us to display their names.
We thank you in advance for your donations, for helping us spread the word about this donation campaign and about our website in order to make this project self sustainable.
With love and camaraderie
Jesus Rodriguez Espinoza/AR