Since 2013, Venezuela has been facing a severe economic, political, and social crisis. Access to health care, sanitation, and food is scarce and humanitarian needs are massive. More than 3 million Venezuelans have fled the country and are taking refuge in other Latin America countries and the Caribbean. Among them, more than a million people are in Colombia.
Psychological support in Maicao
Humanity & Inclusion is providing psychological support activities for migrants in the transit center of Maicao, on the Venezuelan border.
Basic services & social interaction in Medellín
In Medellín, Colombia's second largest city, our team is providing psychological support to more than 1,000 Venezuelan people. In collaboration with the Medellín City Council, we're ensuring that people have access to basic services such as health care. We are also organizing sports and other cultural activities to help strengthen social cohesion and socio-cultural integration of migrants in Medellín.
Rehabilitation care in La Guajira
In November 2018, Humanity & Inclusion assessed the needs of migrants in La Guajira, an entry point in northern Colombia, in collaboration with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
In collaboration with DRC and Pastoral Social (Caritas Colombia), Humanity & Inclusion plans to provide rehabilitation care for the most vulnerable—people with disabilities, older people, etc.—technical support (training, etc.) to local rehabilitation organizations, and organize social cohesion activities between Colombians and Venezuelans to promote a peaceful understanding between the different communities.
Humanity & Inclusion in Colombia
Working in Colombia since 1998, Humanity & Inclusion promotes the full participation in Colombian society of people with disabilities, including victims of internal armed conflict, and their families. We also ensure that disability issues are taken into account in public policies. Since 2016, Humanity & Inclusion has extended its field interventions to include the prevention of accidents caused by landmines, and the clearance, through demining of affected areas. Learn more about our work in Colombia.
Humanity & Inclusion is preparing to launch a possible emergency response to aid Venezuelan refugees in Colombia. Venezuela has been experiencing economic, political, and social turmoil since 2013. At least 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled the country. More than one million Venezuelans have taken refuge in Colombia, according to the United Nations.
Present in Colombia since 1998, HI assessed the needs of migrants in La Guajira, a border town in northern Colombia. In conjunction with partner organizations DRC and Pastoral Social (Caritas Colombia), HI is hoping to launch the following activities:
- Psychological support to help migrants overcome trauma
- Rehabilitation for people with disabilities, older people, and other vulnerable populations
- Training in support of local rehabilitation organizations
- Peace building between communities
These activities would be carried out in the areas of La Guajira, Arauca, Atlántico, and Vichada, Colombia. HI is also monitoring the situation in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru.
Venezuelan refugees in Colombia are in need of significant support and aid. Humanity & Inclusion teams are mapping out our emergency response options.
Venezuela has been confronted by a serious economic, political and social crisis since 2013. This has caused at least 3.4 million Venezuelans to flee, with 2.7 million have relocated to other Latin American and Caribbean countries, with one million refugees seeking refuge in Colombia, according to the United Nations. In just the past few months, the crisis has forced tens of thousands of Venezuelans to flee to neighboring countries.
Humanity & Inclusion has worked in Colombia since 1998. In 2017, teams assessed the needs of Venezuelans located in Cucuta, Colombia. In November 2018, Humanity & Inclusion assessed the needs of migrants in La Guajira, a crossing point in northern Colombia, in conjunction with the NGO Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
The organization is currently preparing for the possible launch of an emergency response, in conjunction with DRC and Pastoral Social (Caritas Colombia), which would include the following activities:
- psychosocial support to help Venezuelan migrants overcome their traumas
- rehabilitation care for people with disabilities, older people, indigenous people or any individual in a situation of vulnerability.
- technical support (training, etc.) to local rehabilitation organizations so they can take care of refugees and migrants in need
- promoting social cohesion and peaceful coexistence between different communities
These activities would be carried out in the areas of La Guajira, Arauca, Atlántico (Baranquilla) and Vichada (Puerto Carreno). Humanity & Inclusion would then aim to operate in urban areas (Bogota, Medellín, Cali).
Humanity & Inclusion is also monitoring the situation in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.