Since 2013, Venezuela has experienced its worst economic, political, and social crisis in 45 years. This has limited access to health care, sanitary facilities and food, and significantly increased humanitarian needs. At least 4.7 million Venezuelans have fled to countries around the world, including 1.8 million to Colombia and 1 million to Peru. Many have also taken refuge in Ecuador and Brazil. Humanity & Inclusion’s teams are providing emergency assistance to the most vulnerable individuals.
Psychological support and rehabilitation
Since April 2019, Humanity & Inclusion has been providing psychological support to nearly 4,000 people in the Maicao transit center in Colombia which is run by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the border with Venezuela.
Humanity & Inclusion, in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Pastoral Social (Caritas Colombia), provides rehabilitation care for 400 people, including people with disabilities, older people and indigenous groups. In addition, we provide technical support, such as training to local rehabilitation organizations, and help organize social cohesion activities, including sports, for Colombians and Venezuelans in order to promote peaceful understanding between communities.
COVID-19 in Colombia
During the COVID-19 crisis, Humanity & Inclusion’s teams have continued to carry out some activities in the Maicao centre. Our psychologists have organized remote psychological support and rehabilitation sessions via videos and WhatsApp. We've also provided families with information on how to protect themselves from the pandemic.
Essential support in Medellín
Humanity & Inclusion is supporting more than 2,000 Venezuelans in Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia, in conjunction with Medellín city council. Our teams provide them with psychological support by organizing one-to-one and group sessions, and help them complete legal formalities to access basic services such as health care. We also organize sports and cultural activities to strengthen the social cohesion and social and cultural inclusion of Venezuelans in Medellín. Our teams run similar activities in Bogota and Barranquilla on the Atlantic coast.
Training other organizations to ensure inclusion for all
In Colombia, we’re training 30 members from other national organizations to help ensure that they take into account the needs of the most vulnerable individuals when implementing their own projects. In May 2020, following an assessment of the humanitarian aid needs of Venezuelan refugees in Peru, we launched inclusive trainings for organizations located in the country, so they too can ensure their response is inclusive for all.
Humanity & Inclusion works to protect the most vulnerable
As COVID-19 takes aim at our planet's most vulnerable neighbors, we're ensuring that people with disabilities, people with injuries from conflict, children, women, and especially older people have the information--and even the soap--to stay healthy. Learn more about our COVID-19 response.
Humanity & Inclusion in Peru
Peru has been a part of Humanity & Inclusion's Andean Countries Program since 2011. However, the organization's first project in Peru started only in 2018.
Peru is a very heterogeneous country, with a varied geography and great socio-economic and ethnic inequalities.
After a prolonged economic crisis that led to hyperinflation and generalized recession, neo-liberal economic policies were applied in Peru. The policies drastically reduced the presence of the state and the social sector. They also encouraged private investment by reducing all types of regulations and rights, and led millions of people to try to survive through various forms of precarious work and self-employment.
Today, Peru is considered an upper-middle-income country; however, there are high levels of inequality due to structural causes, leading to severe problems of social exclusion, discrimination, and poverty.
Our Current Work
Currently, Humanity & Inclusion's team in Peru is composed of one expat staff member based in Lima who works attentively to:
Inclusive Disaster Risk Management
Humanity & Inclusion works to improve and advocate for an inclusive disaster risk management framework to increase the protection and resilience of most-at-risk groups, including people with disabilities, women, older people, and indigenous people, before, during, and after natural disasters.