Started Working in Venezuela
Direct Beneficiaries & Program Participants
(Women & Girls)
Indirect Beneficiaries & Program Participants
Since 2012, RET has directly supported more than 254 K direct beneficiaries in Venezuela, 57% of them are vulnerable women, and indirectly benefited more than 2 million beneficiaries throughout 18 projects focused on Protection, Education, Self-reliance & Livelihoods ( including Business Development & Entrepreneurship Support), Food security and Agriculture, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene ( WASH), Health, and Infrastructure and Equipment.
Since 2012, RET’s operations were focused in Bolívar, Mérida, Táchira, Trujillo and Zulia, Caracas, San Cristóbal and Maracaibo, and in the municipalities of Sucre, Maracaibo, San Francisco, Carraciolo Parra and Olmedo, Tulio Febres Cordero, Bishop Ramos de Lora, San Cristóbal, Seboruco, García de Hevia, Jáuregui, Cárdenas, Uribante, Bolívar, Sucre and La Ceiba.
RET began its activities in Venezuela in 2012, as part of a regional program to support both Colombian refugees and the local host communities in neighboring countries. RET established its operation in Táchira and Zulia’s states and expanded its operations to Bolívar, Mérida, and Trujillo with a vision to support both the host and refugee communities especially Columbian asylum seekers in need of international protection. RET opened national and field offices in Caracas, San Cristóbal, and Maracaibo.
Since the beginning of its operations, RET developed programs to strengthen formal and non-formal educational opportunities, provide employment guidance, livelihoods, and programs for youth, and was involved in violence prevention. Despite the critical situation it is currently facing, Venezuela is still a host country for Colombian victims of armed conflict.
During the fiscal year 2016, RET implemented a national program entitled “Refugee Families Integrated and Resilient in Venezuela.” The program’s implementation responded to the needs identified in the participatory assessments RET carried out and in which the voice of the people in need of international protection was taken into consideration. RET gained the trust and respect of the participating population. The intervention areas were humanitarian assistance, protection mechanisms, livelihoods, sociocultural integration, institutional strengthening, and coordination with emerging socio-political organizations such as Townships (Comunas).
RET developed training in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), HIAS, the National Commission of Refugees, and the Nacional Experimental del Táchira University.
Joint work with different organizations and institutions was developed with a multi-sectorial approach to respond to the population’s needs and enable social, economic, and cultural integration. The collective work has been fundamental to continue strengthening RET’s presence in the field and having regular and safe access to vulnerable communities.
At a public level, actions were coordinated with the National Refugee Commission to assist persons in need of international protection (PNIP). Integrated health fairs were coordinated with associated health centers from the Ministry of Popular Power for Health Care (in the states of Mérida and Zulia), the Barrio Adentro Healthcare System, the Azul Positivo Civil Association, and the National Institute of Nutrition.
To ensure the sustainability of the “Community Gardens” strategy, coordination continues with the Training and Innovation to Support the Agricultural Revolution Foundation (CIARA) and the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA), as well as with organizations associated with the Ministry of Popular Power for Agriculture and Land.
Furthermore, work began with the Misión Ribas Productiva and the National Socialist Training and Education Institute (INCES). This collaboration promotes outputs from the Socio-Cultural Education and Integration Strategies. Actions were also coordinated with the Ministry of Popular Power for Culture, enabling RET’s participation as an exhibitor in the Children’s Pavilion of the 12th International Book Fair in Venezuela (FILVEN). In this setting, the 103 stories were exhibited in the two “A Story to Tell” Festivals and art created by program participants was displayed. Furthermore, partnerships with public agencies from municipal and state-level authorities in the cultural sector have been strengthened, and coordinated actions with the Ombudsman’s Office were consolidated, which is essential to address education for PNIP. Regarding the humanitarian aspect, RET continues its collaborative work with the UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations participating in inter-agency meetings, such as the Education and Livelihood Committees, the Refugee Group, the Legal Committee, and the Long-Lasting Solutions Committee. Joint actions have also been developed with the Red Cross and the Azul Positivo Civil Association (which supports
Finally, work was carried out cooperatively with other humanitarian organizations such as HIAS and the Jesuit Refugee Service, as well as with Universities such as Rafael Urdaneta, the Católica Andrés Bello, and Nacional Experimental del Táchira.
RET’s support to research on the situation of PNIPs in Venezuela, conducted by the Centre for Social Research (CISOR), continued. Coordination meetings were also held with the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF) to implement joint actions benefiting PNIPs through their partners (UniAndes Civil Association and the Popular Social Action Centre – CESAP).