In 2018, Luisa and her young daughter, Alicia, left behind their lives in Venezuela. The mother and daughter are among the many refugees receiving assistance from Humanity & Inclusion in Peru.
After a bout of pneumonia when she was just an infant, Alicia developed cerebral palsy. Humanity & Inclusion provides essential healthcare and mobility equipment to the 6-year-old girl. With a wheelchair and walking frame, Luisa can move Alicia around safely and comfortably while she goes about her daily tasks. The little girl will also soon be attending physical therapy and early childhood stimulation sessions.
Luisa and Alicia received a basket of highly nutritious, non-perishable food—including items such as cornmeal, black beans and oatmeal.
“I hope that Humanity & Inclusion will continue to grow and support children with these pathologies,” Luisa says.
Working alongside refugees in Peru
More than 6 million refugees have left Venezuela due to the political and socio-economic crisis that has ravaged the country since 2013, accounting for the largest population displacement in Latin America in recent history.
After assessing the humanitarian needs of the Venezuelan refugees living in Peru, Humanity & Inclusion began supporting refugees and host communities in 2020. The organization runs mental health projects and provides psychosocial support and food aid for those most in need, including people with disabilities, children and aging individuals.