About the Crisis
Venezuela is experiencing a man-made economic crisis – marked by devastating hyperinflation – that has led to severe food and medicine shortages and has driven nearly five million people to flee the once-prosperous country since 2014. The spiraling effects of Venezuela’s economic crisis have dire humanitarian consequences.
The Venezuelan people are experiencing increasing hardships, including diminishing access to affordable food, vital health care, and medical supplies. The large influx of people fleeing Venezuela is also straining health care systems and other social services of neighboring countries in Latin America.
In response, international humanitarian organizations are providing critical assistance to vulnerable people inside Venezuela and Venezuelans throughout the region, as well as supporting the neighboring communities hosting them. Aid groups are providing urgently-needed food and health assistance, as well as safe drinking water, relief supplies, shelter, and protection from violence and exploitation.
More information on the U.S. government’s humanitarian response to the Venezuela regional crisis, including past fact sheets and maps, can be found here.
How You Can Help
- Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Here’s how.
- If you are interested in volunteering, this page has what you need to know.
- Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
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