Venezuela: strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities and structures

Venezuela: strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities and structures

Article 01 August 2023 Venezuela

The ICRC provides humanitarian protection and assistance to people affected by armed violence in the country. During the first half of 2023, we worked to strengthen the capacities and knowledge of people in vulnerable situations. For example, a group of 99 young people from Petare began training in different skills and in entrepreneurship to improve their livelihoods; 332 health workers received training in the treatment of patients with advanced trauma, basic emergency care, first aid, among others; and 138 people participated in our workshops on safe behavior to stay safe before, during and after armed clashes.

All this work is achieved through the incredibly valuable support and feedback we receive from the communities, which allow us to offer a response adapted to their needs and that can improve their living conditions in the short, medium, and long term.
In these first six months of 2023 it has also been important to have the support of the Venezuelan Red Cross and especially from its volunteers. Their commitment, empathy and dedication help us to better understand the needs of the population, as well as the responses we can offer.

Learn more about our work in the year 2023 here.

Estas son algunas de las actividades que hicimos en el primer semestre del año:

146 families in La Macanilla and 84 families in Puerto Páez in Apure state
received fertilizer, seeds and hygiene items to improve their agricultural production and grow healthier food to eat.
149 households were provided with training, material support and water storage tanks
to help them cultivate urban gardens in the Caracas neighborhood of La Cota 905.
20.9 tonnes
of medical supplies were distributed to 30 health-care centres.
316 staff in hospitals
primary health-care facilities and schools took part in psychosocial support sessions organized by the ICRC.
4,289 connectivity services
were provided to separated families (Wi-Fi connection, battery charging stations, calls, etc.).
418 members of the national police, the ombudsman’s office
the Integral Defence Operations Zones (ZODl Caracas), the Scientific, Criminal and Forensic Investigation Unit (CICPC) and the SENAMECF were trained in the handling of dead bodies, the legal framework for identifying the dead and other topics.
369 law enforcement officials
took part in seminars on international humanitarian law and national and international legislation regulating the use of force.
13,600 personal hygiene kits
were distributed to detainees in eight detention centres.
120 volunteers of the Venezuelan Red Cross
were trained in Safer Access and many others trained in managing operational risk, Restoring Family Links and nutrition.