RET began local operations
What We Do
Areas of Intervention
Economic growth and development
Self-reliance and livelihoods, peacebuilding, business development, and entrepreneurship support
Education and capacity building
Health and WASH
Including programs promoting sanitation and hygiene
Infrastructure and equipment
Nutrition and food security
Including agriculture and self-reliance programs
Photo by Mauro Medina, 2023.
Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela shares a border with Colombia to its west, Caribbean countries to the north, Brazil to its south, and Guyana to the east. Its 2022 population (28 million) is a notable decrease from its peak of nearly 31 million in 2016, attributed to the ongoing economic and political crises in the country.
The IMF estimates that more than 7 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2015, with the vast majority of those settling in other Latin American countries.
RET has been active in Venezuela since 2012, and our presence there has been critical in helping stabilize communities and regions throughout the country over the past decade.
Our work in the country began with a regional program to support both Colombian refugees and local host communities, providing comprehensive care according to needs in psychosocial support, education, livelihoods, protection, socio-cultural initiatives and local capacity building, all with a focus on strengthening integration. It has grown to include health and sanitation, agriculture, nutrition and food security, disaster risk reduction, and gender, among other sectors.
Since 2021, we have been providing humanitarian assistance to families and children under the age of five with the delivery and distribution of food and training, as well as technical and specialized services. Our work has provided dry food baskets to families and educators, positively impacting 25,210 children in the states of Falcón and Trujillo.
Last year, we also continued to provide humanitarian assistance to 8,203 people in Sucre and Bolivar states. We supported agricultural production through the provision of organic seeds, toolkits and irrigation systems, and training in resilient agro-ecological practices for family and school gardens to improve food self- sufficiency. This program also included the provision of food parcels and school meals distributed to the most vulnerable.
With a clear focus on the Triple Nexus, this project allowed program participants, their families, and educational communities to evolve from recipients of direct humanitarian assistance (food and services) to actors for change: We helped develop sustainable socio-productive initiatives including the launch of entrepreneurial and peace-promoting communities and schools.
The program featured a sanitation and hygiene element with the rehabilitation of community and school works, the provision of household hygiene and hand-washing kits to families, and the promotion of good hygiene practices among children and adolescents attending school
Meanwhile, our multi-sector approach helped 37,136 vulnerable people affected by the deepening of Venezuela’s complex humanitarian crisis in five of the country’s most vulnerable states (Bolívar, Táchira, Zulia, Miranda and Trujillo) by addressing the basic needs in agriculture, food security, food, health and water, sanitation and hygiene.
Seven hundred families benefited from the distribution of organic seeds, agricultural materials and tools for the construction of family gardens, as well as strengthening their agricultural production and home gardens.
In the health sector, 20 health centers benefited from the supply of medicines and medical supplies and corrective maintenance work. Over 260 community health volunteers were trained, with a focus on community health promotion, and a further 200 health workers received professional skills training.
Meanwhile, our reproductive health program reached 1,200 pregnant and lactating women and 300 health professionals who were educated on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and improved care in health centers.
We also assisted over 20,000 people in gaining access to improved sanitation services thanks to RET’s intervention, in partnership with communities, schools and health centers to distribute hand-washing and personal hygiene kits to families and in schools.
Thirty-six communities benefited from the rehabilitation of water facilities and formed water committees, and 20 schools and 20 health facilities benefited from the rehabilitation of water, hygiene and sanitation facilities and formed hygiene and hand-washing promotion clubs.
Photo by Mauro Medina, 2023.