Venezuela’s basic supply systems have partially collapsed as a result of the political crisis, hyperinflation and international embargoes. An estimated 10 to 12 million Venezuelans lack proper access to food (source: OCHA 2020) and 7 million people need humanitarian aid (source: UN 2019). Water-borne diseases are again on the rise and child and infant mortality has skyrocketed (source: WHO 2019). HEKS/EPER is providing emergency aid for some 18,700 people, including warm meals and toiletries for needy women and children as well as the elderly. Like all the other countries in the region, Venezuela too has been hit by covid-19. To halt the spread of the disease, hospitals actively support disinfection projects, while toiletries and food packages are distributed to those adversely affected by the crisis. With the financial backing of Swiss Solidarity, HEKS/EPER also supports internal migrants living in extremely precarious circumstances on the border with Colombia and who receive no government support at all.
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.