Since the beginning of 2020 thousands of Venezuelans have been migrating to Colombia every day through various areas along the Colombia-Venezuela border. In Venezuela, the population is facing hyperinflation, supply difficulties, lack of medicines and access to medical services, all accompanied by a rising crime rate. Many Colombians, formerly settled in Venezuela for economic reasons, have decided to return and Venezuelans have decided to migrate to Colombia, a cross-border country that today hosts approximately 1.2 million migrants.
One of the main routes for those going to Bogotá or Medellín is through Bucaramanga. Every day, between 400 and 800 walkers, known as “Caminantes”, take this route. The journey is very rudimentary and presents significant dangers since those in transit risk extortion, violence, theft, forced recruitment, sexual and gender-based violence, exploitation and human trafficking (according to the UNHCR). As a result, there is a critical need to address basic needs, such as lack of shelter, limited access to clean water, and lack of sanitation and protection in shelters along the route. In addition, the COVID-19 crisis subsequently affected the distribution and access to vital aid for Colombians and Venezuelan Caminantes along this route.
- 50.33 million inhabitants
- 27.8% poverty rate
- 79th out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index
opened in 2019
7 international staff
- Budget 3M€
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, in consortium with Première Urgence Internationale, works in collaboration with local partnerships in six independent shelters located on the Caminantes Road leading to Bucaramanga, mainly in the cities of Bucaramanga and Pamplona.
The two organizations prioritize support activities in the four shelters to fill their gaps with a particular focus on access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). They carry out operations to rehabilitate and/or build water supply infrastructure, install decent, safe and functional sanitary facilities, and rehabilitate sanitation infrastructure. This will enable migrants to take shelter during their transit in a healthy, dignified and safe refuge. Furthermore, all these actions are being implemented not only in compliance with the health measures against COVID-19, but with the objective of preventing the spread of the virus in the shelters and among the beneficiaries.
Water, sanitation and hygiene
– Improvement of sanitary conditions and access to drinking water in 6 shelters
– Improvement of reception conditions in these shelters through rehabilitation actions
– Financial support
– Preventive action at COVID-19 through the distribution of 400 hygiene kits for families in Bucaramanga
Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,
At head office