Malteser International Americas Launches Initiative to Support Venezuelan Refugees and

RIOHACHA, Colombia - Sept. 21, 2023 - PRLog -- Malteser International Americas, a dedicated non-governmental organization committed to addressing humanitarian efforts, with support from the U.S. State Department and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, is proud to unveil its latest initiative aimed at improving the well-being and self-reliance of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, in La Guajira and Magdalena departments of Colombia. This project, titled "Improving the well-being and self-reliance of Venezuelan refugees and migrants and multi-ethnic host communities in La Guajira and Magdalena departments in Colombia," is scheduled to run from 2023 to 2025.

Colombia stands at the forefront of the refugee and migrant crisis originating from Venezuela, with millions of individuals seeking refuge and a brighter future. The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) for 2023-2024 anticipates a population projection of up to 6.2 million people in need of support and assistance, underscoring the urgency of addressing this ongoing humanitarian challenge.

One of the primary objectives of this comprehensive project is to enhance access to healthcare, removing barriers and increasing access to primary and secondary healthcare services for refugees and migrants, as well as marginalized host communities. Additionally, Malteser International Americas is placing significant emphasis on mental health support as a critical component of overall well-being, with the goal of increasing access to mental health care services. Another pivotal aspect of the project is economic empowerment, recognizing its fundamental role in ensuring the long-term stability of refugees, migrants, and host communities. Lastly, the initiative aims to promote community participation and empowerment by fostering a safe, inclusive, and meaningful environment where all individuals can readily access information, available assistance, and essential services.

Malteser International Americas is pleased to collaborate closely with local partners and stakeholders to implement this essential project and make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by the Venezuelan migration crisis. We firmly believe that by addressing these key objectives, we can contribute significantly to the well-being, resilience, and self-reliance of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, as well as the diverse host communities in La Guajira and Magdalena.

Malteser International Americas is an affiliate of Malteser International and is the worldwide relief and development organization of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The organization provides aid to people in need in around 140 projects in 36 countries, regardless of their religion, gender, origin, or political convictions. Christian values and humanitarian principles form the basis of its work. Further information:

Ximena Greenhouse, Communications and Marketing Manager
Malteser International Americas
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