The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is escalating as political and economic instability has left hundreds of thousands of families without access to food, medical care and critical life and social services. With the average monthly income now as low as $3, more than 87 percent of the population lives in poverty. And, a medicine shortage and collapsed health infrastructure have led to a rise in diseases, like Zika, thought to have been eradicated.
The crisis has led to the largest displacement of people in Latin American history: 3.6 million Venezuelans have fled to neighboring countries to access the most basic goods and services. Many of those fleeing are without shelter and sleep on the streets or in parks.
CRS is supporting Venezuelans in their country and across the region through our local Catholic partners. In Venezuela, families have a dire need for emergency food and health support, especially for children, mothers and the elderly. CRS is supporting Caritas Venezuela to provide food assistance, nutrition screenings and essential medical care.
In Colombia, Trinidad, Peru and Brazil, CRS is working with local partners to provide a range of support, including food, safe shelter, medical care, legal assistance, livelihoods support, protection, children’s education and counseling.
Your gift is critical to these urgent efforts underway. Donate to the emergency response for Venezuelan families today to help them have the means to live with safety, dignity and essential supplies and services during a time of total upheaval. And, please keep the people of Venezuela—and all those who serve them—in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for your generous support.
Your brothers and sisters urgently need your help. Make a generous gift today to our Latin America and Caribbean emergency fund by completing the form.