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Assistance for Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees
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PLAN’s Project Completion Report

27th June 2020 6:00

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As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO PLAN International (PLAN) had been implementing a protection project in the cities of Piura and Cusco, Peru, for the migrants and refugees from Venezuela and for the host community members.

PLAN’s project began in September 2019 and was entitled “Protection Project for Venezuelan Migrants, Refugees, and Host Community Members: Amistad Sin Frontera (Friendship Without Borders).” There was a two-month extension of the project term due to COVID-19, but it was successfully completed in April 2020, having supported a total of 1,200 households in both Piura and Cusco.

Please read the completion report here on PLAN’s website: https://bit.ly/3fQCReS

Assistance in Times of COVID-19: In Peru

29th May 2020 4:00

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As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO PLAN International (PLAN) implemented a protection project in the cities of Piura and Cusco, Peru, for the migrants and refugees from Venezuela and for the host community members. Even though there are restrictions on people leaving their homes, the situation in Peru is serious with a few hundred new COVID-19 cases added each day, amounting to a total of over 51,000 cases and over 1,400 deaths (WHO, 7th May 2020).

Due to the effects of COVID-19, refugees and migrants from Venezuela who had been day-laborers or had jobs with unstable incomes are in even more dire circumstances now without sufficient aid from the country. This is why PLAN decided to provide food for the people in need. Utilizing online tools, PLAN distributed coupons that could be used to receive food packages at a supermarket working with PLAN. Over 500 households have received food this way. Food provision is only a temporary assistance, but we hope that this will help encourage the refugees and migrants nonetheless.

Please see here for more details: https://bit.ly/3gnmWph

Pandemic’s Effects on the Migrants and Refugees from Venezuela

28th April 2020 5:00

In response to the spread of COVID-19, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) called attention to the challenges facing Venezuelan refugees and migrants as the pandemic compounded an already desperate situation for them.

Eduardo Stein, joint UNHCR-IOM Special Representative for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, appealed that we should not lose sight of the needs of millions of refugees and migrants who have fled Venezuela, even as the world focuses its attention on COVID-19. While many Venezuelan refugees and migrants are living on insufficient income as they try to cover basic needs such as housing and food, some are completely without shelter. Given these conditions, there is greater need for cooperation among the international community to help support them.

UNHCR-IOM Joint Press Release “During the COVID-19 Crisis: Saving refugees and migrants from Venezuela”:
[In Japanese] https://www.unhcr.org/jp/25219-pr-200403.html
[In English] https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/4/5e844e354/refugees-migrants-venezuela-during-covid-19-crisis-needs-soar-inclusive.html

Venezuela -1 in 3 lack food-

29th March 2020 5:00

Crisis continues in Venezuela. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), nine million people or one in three Venezuelans do not have enough food to eat and are in need of assistance due to hyperinflation in the country. WFP reports that 59% of households do not have sufficient income to purchase food, while 65% cannot buy essential daily items such as hygiene products, clothes, and shoes. Lack of access to food results in malnutrition, and it affects the most vulnerable among Venezuelans, including children, pregnant and nursing women, and the elderly.

UN News on Venezuela can be read here: https://news.un.org/en/tags/venezuela

At JPF, we have extended our Assistance for Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees program end date from 29th February 2020 to 30th June 2020. Updates on the projects within this program will continue to be posted on our website and social media.

PLAN Providing Livelihood Assistance for Venezuelans in Peru

28th February 2020 21:00

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As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO PLAN International (PLAN) is implementing a protection project in the cities of Piura and Cusco, Peru, for the migrants and refugees from Venezuela and for the host community members. PLAN continues to work in these two Peruvian cities where many from Venezuela live, and they have been providing daily essential items, feminine hygiene products, and crime-prevention items as well as hosting child-friendly spaces (CFSs) there. In January, they have also distributed winter clothes. We hope that there will be improvements in the lives of people from Venezuela in Peru now who are far away from home.

PLAN’s Livelihood Assistance in Two Peruvian Cities

31st January 2020 10:00

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As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Plan International Japan (PLAN) has been implementing a protection project for Venezuelan migrants and refugees and host community residents in the cities of Piura and Cusco in Peru. Political turmoil persists in the South American nation of Venezuela. With schools and hospitals closing have closed, rapid rise in prices due to hyperinflation, and lack of goods, people’s lives have become extremely difficult and many have had to flee to neighboring countries. PLAN has been working in the two Peruvian cities of Piura and Cusco where many people from Venezuela are now living.

In addition to distributing daily necessities, PLAN is providing feminine hygiene products, giving crime-prevention items, and hosting child-friendly spaces where the children can play safely. People have left Venezuela, rode on buses, and walked to finally arrive in Peru, but life is far from easy there. We hope that this project would help make life a little less difficult for them each and every day.

For more on PLAN’s project, please visit here: https://bit.ly/38Wv37X

PLAN's Program to Protect Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in Peru

24th December 2019 19:30

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Plan International Japan (PLAN), a JPF member NGO, is responding to the ongoing flow of people fleeing the increasingly chaotic situations in Venezuela through the "Protection for Venezuelan Migrants, Refugees, and Host Community Residents in Piura and Cusco, Peru" Program. For the migrants and refugees in these two regions in Peru, PLAN is providing feminine hygiene products, giving crime-prevention items, and hosting child-friendly spaces. Staff from Japan have been sent to Peru for this program and are engaging in its operations there.

Read PLAN's report here: https://www.plan-international.jp/activity/report/20191217_5908/?utm_source=mm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=191220

Assistance for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela: State of Aid Provision Among UN Agencies, by OCHA

26th November 2019 22:00

JPF has been supporting the refugees and migrants from Venezuela in response to the ongoing flow of people leaving the country to flee domestic turmoil.

According to the September Situation Report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in November, there are about 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance due to this crisis. OCHA’s target population from the Humanitarian Response Plan 2019 is 2.6 million people.

In terms of aid that have been provided, as of September 2019, 149,000 people have been provided access to safe drinking water, while 35,000 students have received educational services. Additionally, over 20,000 people have received specialized protection, and 50,000 people have received distributions of food and other relief items.

A total of 223 million dollars would be required to implement the Humanitarian Response Plan 2019. However, as of November 14, only 157.9 million has been received, resulting in a shortage of funds necessary to execute activities included in this plan.

OCHA’s report on Venezuela can be found here: https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/20191114_VEN_SITREP_4_FINAL_EN.pdf

On June 21, 2019, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to launch the assistance program for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, where many continue to flee the country to escape the increasing civic unrest.

<Overview>

  • Political and socioeconomic conditions have been deteriorating in Venezuela. People's lives are in crisis as they had to withstand large-scale power and water outages caused by poor maintenance of power plants, severe shortages of food and medicine, worsening hyperinflation, and closing of medical facilities and schools as the oil-dependent nation struggled with the aftermath of plummeting oil prices. Spread of infectious diseases and deteriorating security compelled many Venezuelans to leave the country, with around 4.3 million*1 already having left as of August 2019. This is the worst humanitarian crisis in history in the South American and Caribbean region.
  • Refugees and migrants from Venezuela have arrived in Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Brazil, among which Columbia and Peru have welcomed the most with about 1.4 million and 860 thousand Venezuelans respectively as of August 2019*1. Given the budget, JPF has determined at this time to assist refugees and migrants in Peru only, although we may re-evaluate our target populations in the future.
  • Majority of Venezuelan refugees and migrants entering Peru originally headed for Lima*2, but with such high volumes concentrated in the capital city, it has become increasingly difficult to find housing and jobs. Consequently, many have gone to provincial cities instead, staying with friends and acquaintances and working low-wage jobs as street vendors or in factories there.
  • With urgent need to provide assistance to the most vulnerable among the refugees and migrants - i.e. unaccompanied and separated children, female-headed households, and people with disabilities and chronic illnesses - JPF decided in June 2019 to support those currently in Peru. Beginning in September, JPF member NGOs have assisted the Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Peru as well as the residents of the local Peruvian host communities, providing them with daily essential items and information that would facilitate their protection.
  • As the unrest in the country was predicted to intensify and prolong which met the JPF dispatch criteria, JPF decided to launch the assistant program.

JPF will work with the local government and our member NGOs on damage and needs assessment as we bring prompt emergency relief that meet the needs on the ground. Further updates will be posted on our website and on our Facebook page.

*1 Response for Venezuelans (R4V), Latin America and the Caribbean: Venezuelan refugees & migrants in the region - As of August 2019 (5 August 2019)
*2 R4V, GTRM Peru, Situation Report June 2019 (30 June 2019)

Program Overview

Term September 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020
Budget 60 million yen (Government Subsidies)
Locations Multiple locations within Peru
Content Distribution of non-food items (NFIs) for Venezuelan refugees and Peruvian host community residents, information provision to facilitate protection