Venezuelan refugees: Providing care to the most vulnerable

Report
from Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Published on 24 Oct 2019 View Original

Since 2013, Venezuela has been facing a severe economic, political, and social crisis. Access to health care, sanitation facilities, and food has decreased significantly, and humanitarian needs are great. At least 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled worldwide, including 2.7 million to Latin American and Caribbean countries. Among them, more than one million people now live in Colombia.

Rehabilitation care for the most vulnerable

Since April 2019, Humanity & Inclusion has been providing psychological support to migrants in the Maicao transit center on the border with Venezuela. In collaboration with the NGOs, Danish Refugee Council and Pastoral Social (Caritas Colombia), Humanity & Inclusion also provides rehabilitation care for the most vulnerable people—people with disabilities, older adults, indigenous people— technical support, including training, to local rehabilitation organizations, and runs joint social cohesion activities for Colombians and Venezuelans to promote peaceful understanding between the two communities.

Psychological support

Humanity & Inclusion has also launched an emergency response in Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia, in collaboration with the City of Medellín. Our team provides support to more than 1,000 people from Venezuela, including psychological support through individual and group sessions, and legal support to access basic services such as health care.

Sports and cultural activities

Humanity & Inclusion organizes sports and cultural activities to strengthen the social cohesion and socio-cultural inclusion of migrants in Medellín. Our team will also work on behalf of migrants in the capital Bogota and Baranquilla on the Atlantic coast.

Venezuelans in Peru

Our team recently conducted a mission to Peru to assess the humanitarian needs of Venezuelan citizens who have fled to the country. We plan to carry out the same type of work in Peru, as Colombia. More to come!