Economic and political challenges in Venezuela have led to the collapse of the country – resulting in massive food shortages and virtual shutdowns of public services such as health care and education.
Seeking a better life, over 5 million Venezuelans have fled their country – of whom 2 million have settled in neighbouring Colombia.
Along with local churches, Tearfund has responded to meet the needs of refugee families in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Our project in Colombia works with the local church to provide refugee children with nutritious meals and support as their parents search for work and attempt to provide for their family in Colombia.
Venezuela Refugee Care
Millions of Venezuelan refugees have migrated to Colombia, escaping the disastrous situation in their home country. Many of them live on the outskirts of Barranquilla, Colombia right beside the city garbage dump. Access to food is challenging, with many of them only possessing the personal possessions they could fit in a suitcase.
The garbage dump is not a safe place for children, and the ground is contaminated with toxic chemicals. Makeshift residences are prone to collapse. To survive, many women have turned to prostitution, doing anything they can to provide for their children at home.
Partnering with local churches, we are providing 600 children with daily meals. Church volunteers also play fun activities with the children and loving care as their parents try to establish new lives. Additionally, this project is helping families navigate the legal system to apply for refugee status and start the process of residency. They are also helping to secure medical assistance for refugees who require it.
- Location: Barranquilla, Colombia
- Timeframe: 2019-2020
- Total Project Budget: Need data
With the help of your donations, over 600 Venezuelan refugee children now have daily, nutritious meals. Families are being shown the love of God through the local church and coming to know him. They are receiving help navigating Colombia’s immigration system as they continue their journey to rebuild their lives.