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Venezuela

Aid to vulnerable populations affected by the Venezuelan crisis
+ THAN 7 million Venzuelan refugees in the world
42.8% of the population is food insecure
7 million Venzuelan need humanitarian aid
48.488 people assisted in 2022

Context

Since 2016, Venezuela has been going through a severe humanitarian crisis causing dramatic repercussions on the living conditions of its population.

Inflation, the dramatic increase in the cost of living, and the aggravation of the political and socio-economic crisis have led to the collapse of basic services, the deterioration of living conditions, and one of the largest international displacements ever recorded in Latin America, causing a large part of the population to flee the country. It is estimated that more than 7 million Venezuelan men and women have left the country since the crisis began in 2016, out of a total population of nearly 29 million inhabitants.  

During 2022, however, economic conditions improved slightly with the informal dollarization of the economy and the end of hyperinflation, which ended food shortages in the markets. However, it will take time for this to translate into significant improvements in access to basic services, restored livelihoods, and reduced protection risks.  

The country has recently experienced a cycle of accelerated recession after a cumulative 75 percent contraction of its economy over the past eight years. Inequality is among the highest in Latin America. Concretely, there are no less than 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. More than half of family expenses are devoted to food. However, 77.9% of them have only a very limited budget to cover this. 

  • 29 million inhabitants
  • 120th out of 191 countries on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2019
  • Team 11 international staff
    35 national staff
  • Budget 2.5M€

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL supports actions, through local partners, in the states of Sucre, Lara, and Falcon, where it promotes the implementation of projects aimed at providing access to water and sanitation services and improving food security to complement national actions.   

In order to do so, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL works with local partners to best meet the needs of local communities, including rehabilitating infrastructure in schools and health centers, improving community water collection points, and distributing water storage tanks and filters.   

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has also contributed to reducing risks in the Covid19 epidemic by distributing hygiene and handwashing kits and by conducting hygiene promotion activities and awareness campaigns.  

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL conducts innovative urban agroecological gardening activities in underprivileged peri-urban communities and schools, achieving food self-sufficiency while strengthening community cohesion.    

Our teams support the implementation of projects that are adapted to the complex context of Venezuela, in agreement with local authorities and promoting actions that allow better adaptation to future shocks related to climate change and water scarcity. 

 

*In accordance with legal regulations in Venezuela, and in order to maintain a neutral position with regard to the dispute between Venezuela and French Guiana, we are reproducing on this map the territory in dispute between the two countries. The inclusion of this territory is in response to the request made by Venezuela to the United Nations in 1962 and does not imply the recognition of any specific position by this organisation.

Partners

CDCS, ECHO

Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

In 2022, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s work in strengthening access to water, sanitation and hygiene services consisted of: 

  • Rehabilitation of water and sanitation systems in the schools of the local partner Fe y Alegria as well as in the health centers; 
  • Rehabilitation of community water infrastructure;  
  • Distribution of hygiene kits, hand washing and water treatment equipment, especially during the Covid-19 epidemic.
food security

Food security

In the area of food security, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s work in 2022 contributed to 

  • The installation of individual vegetable gardens in communities and schools in peri-urban slums;   
  • Training in agroecological techniques, composting and seed production, as well as accompanying communities in the agricultural cycle; 
  • Distribution of agroecological kits.

Should you have any questions, please contact Xavier Lauth

Xavier Lauth

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