CISP strengthens actions to address the impact of migration in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador
Since 2018, CISP has developed actions aimed at supporting vulnerable populations, displaced persons, returnees, people in need of international protection and host communities on the Colombian-Venezuelan and Colombian-Ecuadorian borders.
More than 111,000 people in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela have been assisted in recent years as beneficiaries of the projects for "Comprehensive Protection and Humanitarian Assistance to Multi-Affected Populations" in border areas, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and whose approach has been multi-sectoral and people-centred.
With actions aimed at guaranteeing access to rights, assistance to victims and survivors of gender-based violence, as well as psychosocial support to strengthen emotional capacities, resilience and self-care, 5659 peoplehave been assisted.
Through activities for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and the rehabilitation and provision of health centres, 5186 people have been helped, thus promoting access to primary health care.
With the delivery of tanks, filters, hygiene kits and the improvement of community water systems, access to safe water, sanitation and the possibility of adopting personal hygiene habits has been provided to 92924 people in vulnerable communities. Of special relevance has been the support given to 85 families for the self-construction of Family Sanitary Units in their homes.
Likewise, conditions have been ensured to guarantee the permanence of children and adolescents in schoolsthrough the provision of school supplies, uniforms, work equipment, strengthening of pedagogical actions and improvement of premises, benefiting more than 1300 people. Similarly, the food security of 5926 people was addressed through these projects.
For the beneficiaries, these actions have had a high impact on the improvement of their quality of life.
The aid arrived at the most necessary moment, in the middle of the pandemic, when all hopes were lost... here we arrived with just clothes, when we met organisations like CISP we felt relieved, we felt supported, they did not discriminate against us, I feel very grateful. Elvira Marchán, Venezuelan migrant in Ecuador