Goto main content

Psychological support for migrants in Colombia

Emergency
Colombia

More than one million Venezuelan migrants currently live in Colombia. HI is providing emergency assistance to these vulnerable individuals.

HI conducts psychosocial support activities with a group of Venezuelan children in Colombia

HI conducts psychosocial activities for a group of Venezuelan children in Colombia | © HI

Since 2013, Venezuela has been hit by a serious economic, political and social crisis. This has limited access to healthcare, sanitation and food, and significantly increased humanitarian needs. At least 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled to countries around the world, of whom 2.7 million to Latin America and the Caribbean. They include more than one million people in Colombia. 

In November 2018, HI assessed the needs of migrants in La Guajira, a crossing point into northern Colombia, in conjunction with the NGO DRC (Danish Refugee Council). 

Since April 2019, HI has provided psychological support to migrants in the Maicao transit centre on the border with Venezuela.

In conjunction with the NGOs DRC and Pastoral Social (Caritas Colombia), HI also plans  to provide rehabilitation care to the most vulnerable individuals, including people with disabilities, older people and indigenous groups, and technical assistance such as training to local rehabilitation organisations, and to organise social cohesion activities for Colombians and Venezuelans in order to promote peaceful understanding between the different communities.

Assisting Venezuelans in Medellín

HI has also launched an emergency response in Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia, in conjunction with Medellín city council. The organisation provides support to more than 1000 Venezuelans, including psychological assistance and legal advice on accessing basic services, such as healthcare. HI also organises sports, cultural and other activities to strengthen the social cohesion and socio-cultural inclusion of migrants in Medellín. 

Date published: 23/05/19

COUNTRIES

Where we work

Read more

Sierra Leone: providing emergency care to severe burn survivors
©
Emergency Rehabilitation

Sierra Leone: providing emergency care to severe burn survivors

In Sierra Leone, Humanity & Inclusion assists survivors of a fuel tank explosion by facilitating their identification and access to specialised rehabilitation services.

Surviving a bombing is a miracle
© HI
Emergency Explosive weapons

Surviving a bombing is a miracle

Anfal is a mental health worker with Humanity & Inclusion in Iraq. She used to live in Mosul, which was bombed in 2017. Anfal and her family survived an airstrike that hit their house. 

Philippines: Emergency aid to typhoon survivors
© M. Ruiz / HI
Emergency

Philippines: Emergency aid to typhoon survivors

In Surigao, Philippines, Humanity & Inclusion distributes hygiene kits and multi-purpose cash assistance to families affected by typhoon Rai in December.

FOLLOW US