Venezuela Migration Crisis What's Happening and How to Help
The ongoing instability in Venezuela has led to a mass exodus that the UN is calling the “largest in the recent history of Latin America and the Caribbean”. Migration rates out of the country continue to spike as people escape crippling hyperinflation and devastating food and electricity shortages.
Neighbors including Colombia, Peru, and Chile have responded by welcoming Venezuelans into their countries. However, funding is needed to enable local communities to feed hunger-afflicted families, provide previously inaccessible medicine, and address the education gaps affecting displaced students.
Each of the projects below will support our vetted nonprofit partners providing basic needs, for displaced Venezuelans. In addition, GlobalGiving partners are working on long-term solutions that integrate migrants into the societies of host countries. This list of responding organizations and their recovery projects will continue to grow as our partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post projects and updates.
We believe organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of locally driven organizations, donations to the following projects have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that our nonprofit partners in the affected areas are better equipped to face future disasters. Read more about our approach to disaster relief.
Projects responding to the Venezuela Migration Crisis
ATREVETE en Peru (Go for it in Peru) is an initiative to empower Venezuelan migrants and refugees through employment services and personal growth, administrative support for visas and solidarity grants. It will provide emotional support to migrant and refugee children and it will improve the social and economic prosperity of the Venezuelan community in Peru.
Every child, regardless of their borders, needs to be safe and protected. UNICEF has highlighted and advocated tirelessly for children's rights around the globe for more than 70 years and knows that children need to be seen as children, first and foremost. From South Sudan, to Syria, El Salvador and more, children who undertake treacherous journeys need to be protected and supported at every step along the way - in their home countries, in transit and across borders.
As rampant inflation and political unrest intensifies in Venezuela, over one million refugees have left their homes and crossed the Simon Bolivar bridge into neighboring Colombia in the last year. Reports from Colombia estimate that more than 5,000 individuals cross the border each day, settling in adjacent camps lacking basic infrastructure. Urgent humanitarian aid is desperately needed to support Latin America's worst-ever refugee crisis with protection needs of vulnerable populations unmet.
Entire families are forced to leave their homes with only what they can carry on their backs. The long journey across the Colombian border has become very common these days. The majority of Venezuelan refugees, who make it into Colombia, are sleeping in refugee camps, unemployed and without enough food. This fund will support Venezuelan refugees. We will work with other organizations in the Colombia-Venezuela border who are committed to providing assistance and support to those in need.