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CARE started work in: 2018

Venezuela ranks 113 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International partners with national organizations in Venezuela to support the provision of humanitarian assistance and critical services to vulnerable communities.

What CARE International does in Venezuela

Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis due to political instability and economic collapse. Millions have fled Venezuela in search of safety and a better life in neighboring countries. Millions more remain in Venezuela and need humanitarian assistance. Thousands of children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and people are contracting formerly eradicated diseases such as measles. 

Venezuelan migrants face exploitation, xenophobia, and forced labor, and women and girls face gender-based violence and trafficking.  

In 2018, CARE International began scaling up operations in Latin America to meet growing needs in the region. In partnership with national organizations, we provide cash vouchers and food and nutrition services as well as critical health service referrals and psycho-social support to vulnerable Venezuelans and the communities hosting them in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. CARE International also organizes awareness-raising activities around gender-based violence.  

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2023
  • Direct 4,173
  • Women & girls 93%
  • Indirect -
Cumulative impact since 2015
We do not have long-term impact data for this country yet
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Please note that the figures in this site may not be the same as those reported to donors or host governments based on different reporting periods. CARE's international aggregated reporting mechanisms always use the Fiscal Year from July to June.

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