Help Save Children in Venezuela
Venezuela remains one of the most dangerous countries for children with one of the highest homicide rates in the world - a shocking 37 out of 1,000 children are murdered each year. Hyperinflation, unemployment, food and medical supply shortages, and the resulting malnutrition crisis has sparked a dramatic increase in the number of people leaving Venezuela in desperation. Save the Children is bringing its decades of humanitarian expertise to help vulnerable Venezuelan children. But we can’t do it without your support.
Widespread violence and economic turmoil has forced 3 million people to flee Venezuela . More than 1 million migrants alone are now in Colombia, more than half of them women and girls. Families lacking access to food, clean water and basic medicine are arriving in Colombia malnourished. A reported average of five to six children are dying each week from malnutrition. Scores of expectant mothers have gone without medical care. Preventable diseases, including malaria, are targeting vulnerable children, with more than 300,000 cases reported in 2017 alone.
In the past year, there has been a spike in homicides linked to gang activities . Nearly 300,000 children have fled , many of them unaccompanied and vulnerable to attack, abuse or worse. It is estimated that the number of Venezuelans fleeing their country is expected to reach 5.3 million by the end of 2019. The situation for children and families in Venezuela is dire.
The Challenges for Children in Venezuela
Dire living conditions, frequent violence and a drastic shortage of food and clean water are causing the children of Venezuela to suffer. You can make a difference.
- 15% of school-age children are out of school
- 16 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
- 33% of people live in poverty
- 13% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
How You’re Changing Children’s Lives
Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Venezuela is making a difference.
Through the ongoing support of our donors, Save the Children’s teams are working to address the root causes of forced migration so that families and children are not forced to flee their homes. Our teams provide protection and critical support to children and their families. And we work to improve hygiene practices in an effort to reduce dangerous communicable disease.
To address the urgent needs of the millions children and families migrating from Venezuela to Colombia, Save the Children has set up child-friendly spaces in migrant settlements. We continue to advocate for the rights of migrant children and adolescents in collaboration with other humanitarian groups
- Protected 1,750 children from harm
- 16,795 children received clean water and hygiene assistance
- 4,218 children were provided with an opportunity to learn
How to Help Children in Venezuela
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Venezuela, and around the world, survive and thrive.
Sponsor a Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child in need and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.
*Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: UNHCR; Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS).
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