HIAS in Venezuela
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REFUGEES IN VENEZUELA
HIAS CLIENTS IN VENEZUELA
Even as many Venezuelans are fleeing the country, HIAS continues to identify an average of 81 new individuals to assist each month. HIAS assists asylum seekers and vulnerable members of the local population, including those with significant legal and protection needs; single-parent households; survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV); unaccompanied and separated children; the elderly; the LGBTQ population; and those with chronic illnesses and disabilities. HIAS provides clients with psychosocial care services, protection, legal accompaniment, and support through the development and strengthening of technical capacities with an emphasis on food security. Additionally, HIAS reinforces local integration by serving vulnerable Venezuelans together with the refugees living in their neighborhoods and supports community development initiatives.
HIAS SERVICES IN VENEZUELA
The guiding principle of HIAS’ work is to encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment and tap into existing resources in host and refugee communities.
HIAS is implementing WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) projects in eight states; the objective is to improve the access to clean water for vulnerable people through the recovery of spaces, providing basic toilets, and good hygiene practices. HIAS is also working with UNICEF on the Everyone to School, Everyone Protected project through which HIAS seeks to reduce the risk levels of children and teenagers who are outside the formal education system. The program is reintroducing school as a protection mechanism and also provides schools with tools to promote the emotional well-being of children, youth, and teachers in the context of the economic, political, and social crisis experienced by Venezuelans.
HIAS developed a GBV prevention, guidance, and response program and leads case management services within the framework of the Regional Network of Safe Spaces with the support of UNHCR to identify cases and provide services to survivors of GBV. HIAS also provides psychosocial assistance, distribution of health and hygiene kits, sensitization sessions, and training to local organizations.