Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
Widespread violence and economic turmoil has forced nearly 5 million people to flee. As Latin America has become the new COVID-19 epicenter, increasing shortages of safe water and food are driving more families and children into desperation. Your support today can help save lives.
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. Displacement from Venezuela is among the highest in the world - second only to Syria. Experts warn the number of people fleeing Venezuela could surpass 6.5 million by the end of 2020.
As we see and hear horrifying stories of children arriving in Colombia, Peru and across the Latin America region after harrowing journeys, sometimes all alone, the effects of malnutrition, disease and chronic stress sprawled across their innocent faces, it is clear that this is a true children’s emergency.
The Challenges for Venezuela's Children
The emotional wellbeing of children who have fled Venezuela, sometimes alone, is of great concern. Boys and girls whose education has been disrupted are in danger of falling behind in school and never catching up again. The loss of services designed to protect children, as well as school closures due to COVID19, has significantly increased the risk of domestic violence.
- 1 child in 32 dies before their 5th birthday - 5 times that of the United States
- 16% of girls (ages 15-19) are married
- 1 in 12 girls (ages 15-19) gives birth
- 17% of school-age children are out of school
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
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help Venezuela’s children, and all children 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 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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