A Regional Crisis
Venezuela’s declining political and socioeconomic situation continues to spark violence and limit many citizens’ access to basic goods and services. Approximately 5 million people have migrated, most of whom remain in Latin America and the Caribbean. This has created an unprecedented humanitarian and economic challenge for the region. Public infrastructure cannot keep up and local citizens are concerned about limited resources. Moreover, once Venezuelan migrants meet their immediate needs such as housing and medical care, they face longer-term challenges like integrating into communities where they have settled.
The IAF Responds
We tapped our extensive network of more than 750 experienced community-based organizations to support projects addressing longer-term needs of Venezuelan migrants and communities where they live. We invested $1.6 million in our 10 grantee partners in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. These grantees encourage social and economic inclusion of displaced Venezuelans by:
- increasing opportunities to earn income
- combating xenophobia
- promoting conflict resolution
- facilitating access to health and psychosocial services
In 2020, we will continue funding more organizations in these countries and expand support to communities in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica.