IsraAID distribute relief to Venezuelan refugees in Colombia
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IsraAID distribute relief to Venezuelan refugees in Colombia

Israeli NGO supports people fleeing the chaos and harsh conditions in South America

Protester facing the Venezuelan National Guard during a protest in May 2017.
Protester facing the Venezuelan National Guard during a protest in May 2017.

The Israeli NGO IsraAID is distributing relief materials in Colombia to thousands of Venezuelans escaping harsh conditions in their country.

An IsraAID emergency response team is on the ground in Cucuta, on the Colombian border with Venezuela, where thousands of Venezuelans are crossing daily seeking relief from the economic and political crisis in their country, according to the organisation. There are already 1.2 million Venezuelans in Columbia. IsraAid said it has committed to remain in Colombia long-term.

Working with the local community and Venezuelan refugee organisations in Colombia, the IsraAID team has distributed relief materials and conducted hygiene promotion activities in partnership with Fundacion Venezolanos en Cúcuta, an organisation of locally based Venezuelans who provide support to new arrivals as they enter Colombia.

IsraAID’s response plan also includes child protection and back-to-school activities, community resilience-building and psychological support.

The NGO’s Colombia efforts are supported by the American Jewish Committee and individual donors. Donations to the Venezuelan refugee crisis response can be made through the IsraAID Emergency Response Fund.

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