Started Working in Peru
Direct Beneficiaries & Program Participants
(Women & Girls)
Indirect Beneficiaries & Program Participants
Since 2018, RET’s operations were focused in the provinces of Lima, Tumbes, Tacna and Arequipa. Moreover, RET created better educational opportunities for Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Peru by reaching to out-of-school children and adolescents in the Southern districts of Metropolitan Lima, Chorrillos, San Juan de Miraflores, Villa El Salvador y Villa María del Triunfo.
The Situation in Peru
Asylum applications in Peru have significantly increased from 379 in January 2016 to more than 20,000 in 2017. According to the UNHCR, “an estimated 45,000 Venezuelan asylum seekers entered the country, resulting in 800 new asylum applications per day”, making Peru the second country following Colombia with the highest number of Venezuelan migrants. During the migratory journey and at border crossings, migrants or asylum seekers have food, water, health, and shelter needs and often face protection risks. UNHCR states that “the risk of sexual and gender-based violence, trafficking and exploitation is a growing concern for local and national authorities.”
Families are exposed to labor exploitation and financial difficulties in earning a living, and students face difficulties enrolling in the education system. Moreover, asylum seekers entering Peru do not have clear information on procedures and costs to formalize their immigration status at the “Special Commission’s Government offices for Refugees” or the “National Migration Superintendent” and in any other entity that facilitates their access.
RET started its activities in Peru in 2018, with a vision of consolidating its efforts to protect and provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees coming from Venezuela in particular and assisting the most vulnerable Peruvian communities. RET aimed to bridge the integration and socio-economic gaps in Peru and advance the self-sufficiency of refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants in Peru, in coordination with the local Government.
The projects focused on providing humanitarian assistance and protection aid to improve access to health, shelter, and livelihood services, and provide non-formal education services to Venezuelan children and adolescents from Southern Lima. It strengthened their leadership skills and coping mechanisms by providing livelihood opportunities to advance integration into the Peruvian host community. The project also offered support to local public institutions and civil servants and protection to vulnerable young women and girls facing or at risk of gender-based violence. RET implemented its activities in coordination with the National Refugees and Migrants Working Group (RMWG), led by UNHCR and IOM.
Moreover, RET created better educational opportunities for Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Peru by reaching to out-of-school children and adolescents in the Southern districts of Metropolitan Lima, Chorrillos, San Juan de Miraflores, Villa El Salvador y Villa María del Triunfo. RET focused on increasing access to education by reinforcing the MoE capacity to enroll and provide education services for refugee and migrant populations and provide out-of-school children and adolescents with non-formal education programs that develop their competencies and skills and help them access the formal education system.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and health emergency, RET developed a Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) activities and strategies to reinforce efforts led by PAHO/WHO and the Ministry of Health. RET promoted hygiene practices and provided basic training for infection prevention and control (IPC) to health personnel focusing on primary health care facilities and healthcare workers, and on medical waste management. Also, basic training on human waste management was provided, focusing on the handling and disposition of remains. RET also provided Multi-purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) to teh vulnerable communities to cope with the economic crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru.