Economic collapse and internal conflict has driven millions of Venezuelans from their home. With 3 million people—including thousands of vulnerable children—currently displaced, COVID-19 presents an unimaginable challenge. For families living in the streets or crowded settlements, social distancing measures are simply impossible to follow.
Help Save the Children of Venezuela
Venezuela remains one of the most dangerous countries for children. Sadly, the country has the highest homicide rates in the world - a shocking 24 out of 1,000 children are murdered each year. Hyperinflation, unemployment, food and medical supply shortages, and the resulting malnutrition crisis have sparked a dramatic increase in the number of people leaving Venezuela in desperation.
Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
Widespread violence and economic turmoil has forced nearly 4.8 million people to flee. Displacement from Venezuela is second only to Syria.
While virtually no country in Latin America and the Caribbean region has been left untouched by the regional crisis, Colombia and Peru are the two countries that are most affected. Colombia is hosting about 1.6 million migrants and refugees, while nearly 900,000 are being hosted in Peru.
If current trends continue, the number of people fleeing Venezuela could surpass 6.5 million by the end of 2020.
The Challenges for Venezuela's Children
With every day that passes, living conditions in Venezuela worsen due to increased shortages of basic necessities.
- 1 child in 32 dies before their 5th birthday - 5 times that of the United States
- 16% of girls age 15-19 are married
- 1 in 12 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
- 17% of school-age children are out of school
- 33% of people live in poverty
How You’re Changing Children’s Lives
Thanks to giving people like you, our work for Venezuela’s children is making a difference.
Save the Children is bringing its decades of humanitarian expertise to help vulnerable children of Venezuela. Through the ongoing support of our donors, we work to address the root causes of forced migration so that families and children are not forced to flee their homes.
In Colombia and Peru, Save the Children is implementing a humanitarian response focused on children protection, education as well as health and nutrition. We are providing emergency assistance to help the most vulnerable Venezuela families access food, housing, medicines and other essentials.
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 to provide children with safe places to play. We are also providing support to help children process the complex emotions and fears they may have as a result of their experiences. We have also set up learning centers so children can continue their education, despite being out of school.
- 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 Venezuela's Children
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*Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 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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