World Renew is supporting ZOA Colombia with a six-month humanitarian response project in La Guajira and Atlántico, Colombia.
The Venezuela crisis has led to mass migration to nearby countries across Central and South America, with Colombia being the most affected with nearly 2.5 million displaced Venezuelans in the country. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports show that there are 6.8 million people in need of food security in Colombia, the highest registered need, both for host communities and migrants.
According to the platform for interagency coordination for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, 1.3 million refugees and migrants are food insecure in Colombia (the largest number in Latin America). This results in 90% of individuals adopting negative coping strategies including limiting daily meals and nutritional intake, begging, borrowing, and working in unsafe and informal jobs.
In response to this crisis, ZOA will continue with its fifth phase of e-voucher programming where 100% of the voucher will be used on food purchases. There will be six monthly transfers of $166 per household. A total of $797,000 in e-vouchers will be provided.
800 households (4,000 people) will be targeted by this project, including Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees, and Colombian host households.