Venezuela is currently facing one of the world’s worst refugee crisis. Nearly 90% of families are living in poverty due to hyperinflation and lack of basic staples. More than four million have fled the country so far, and in 2020 the number of refugees is expected to surpass the six million refugees caused by the Syrian civil war. Despite the scale of this disaster, Bloomberg reports that the Venezuelan refugee crisis has received just 1.5% of the aid the Syrian crisis received.
As the refugee crisis intensified, WCK launched #ChefsForVenezuela and sent our Chef Relief Team to serve fresh meals in Cúcuta, Colombia to Venezuelan refugees who have fled their homes. Our presence remains there today and we have served more than 750,000 meals. And we're still cooking.
WCK also began cooking and serving meals in Venezuela in July 2019. Due to the many challenges, our Chef Relief Team is focused on feeding children first, followed by pregnant and nursing mothers. We serve sandwiches, hot meals, and fruit to hospitals, churches, schools, and dining rooms in the barrio of Petare, Venezuela.
Your support makes our work in Colombia and Venezuela possible. While this crisis shows no sign of abating, WCK is committed to supporting the Venezuelan refugees for as long as we are needed.