Who we serve in Colombia

In the last decade, more than 7 million Venezuelan people have made the difficult decision to leave home because of the intolerable living conditions in Venezuela. Today, Colombia hosts about 2.5 million Venezuelan migrants.

Many Venezuelans go back and forth between Colombia and Venezuela. They leave behind family and their homes in search of work and food. It’s often a difficult trip between the two countries. And it means people never feel truly settled in either place.

People who make the journey go with hope for opportunity — the chance to work, to eat, to live safely, and to access medical care. They go because they are pregnant and can’t get prenatal care. They go because their children have a chronic illness and medicine is too expensive in Venezuela. They go for survival.

Many Venezuelan migrants are educated and eager to support their neighbors. Our community health workers find purpose in our programs, especially those who are unable to legally work in Colombia. They inspire, educate, and heal their own communities.

What’s happening in Colombia

Colombia has welcomed about 2.5 million people from Venezuela. More arrive every day as the situation in Venezuela becomes increasingly dire. Venezuela’s worsening economy has made it difficult for people to get jobs or access basic needs, like food and medicine. Additionally, political instability and the lack of resources have made living in Venezuela very dangerous.

Though Colombia’s government has tried to support Venezuelan migrants, the COVID-19 pandemic weakened their health care system. Malnutrition cases and infant mortality are on the rise. Also, many Venezuelan migrants are forced to live in remote or difficult to reach places where there is little infrastructure.

Our team in Colombia

Our team in Colombia consists of about 70 staff members at 6 different sites across the country. Most of our full-time staff are from Colombia. Nearly 60% of our team are local volunteers or community health workers from the communities we serve. We value and respect their unique insights and perspective on what their neighbors need.

Note: The numbers and statistics reflected on this page were collected from October 2021 – September 2022.