Venezuela’s basic supply systems have partially collapsed as a result of the political crisis, hyperinflation and international embargoes. The UN estimates that 10 to 12 million Venezuelans lack proper access to food and 7 million people need humanitarian aid. Water-borne diseases are causing a spike in child and infant mortality. HEKS/EPER is providing emergency aid for needy women, children and the elderly in the form of warm meals and toiletries. Like all other countries in the region, Venezuela too has been hit by COVID-19. HEKS/EPER actively facilitates the disinfection of hospitals, while toiletries and food packages are distributed to those affected by the crisis. With the financial backing of the OCHA, HEKS/EPER facilitates access to education for 2,800 children by renovating schools and securing access to drinking water and sanitary facilities and providing for waste disposal. Teaching staff also receive financial support.
A total of 19 500 people were supported through humanitarian projects in 2020; 6500 people received toiletries while food packages were distributed to 1760 people. HEKS/EPER renovated 120 dwellings for 400 people in a neighbourhood that is home mainly to people fleeing conflict and poverty.