In Peru, HI has been working in support of Venezuelan refugees and host communities for several years.
A Humanity & Inclusion staff member speaks with Luisa, a Venezuelan refugee receiving humanitarian assistance. | © Victor Mallqui / HI
In recent years, Peru has become a host country for Venezuelan refugees. The number of new arrivals rose sharply in 2018 and 2019. By May 2022, there were approximately 1.3 million Venezuelan refugees in the country. Humanity & Inclusion provides assistance to these refugees and to their host communities.
This assistance includes improving access to services for refugees, distributing hygiene and food kits, making referrals to protection services and training humanitarian organizations for people experiencing extreme hardships. Our teams also identify refugees with disabilities and provide them with mental health support and physical rehabilitation sessions, focusing on very young children.
HI also works with other humanitarian actors in the country to teach them how to take the specific needs of people with disabilities into account when implementing their actions.
Although Peru is experiencing significant economic growth, many people still live in poverty and there are marked socio-economic inequalities.
Peru is a very heterogeneous country, with a varied geographical makeup and significant socio-economic inequalities. It is a middle-income country as a result of significant economic growth over the past decade. However, many people still live in poverty and there are wide disparities between regions. People with disabilities are especially likely to experience inequalities, as their level of access to education and employment remains much lower than for the rest of the population.
Due to its geographical location, Peru is the Latin American country most affected by natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, landslides, etc.). Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country experiences strong seismic activity causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. It is prone to flooding during the rainy season and to periods of drought. According to the Peruvian government, 60% of the population is exposed to the risk of natural disasters.
In recent years, Peru has been hosting a growing number of Venezuelan refugees and the humanitarian needs of this population have increased accordingly.
Number of HI staff members: 8
Date the program launched: 2018