Provide support to multi-sectoral needs for vulnerable families in the states of Bolivar and Sucre States
In cooperation with national and international stakeholders, RET will provide multi sectorial assistance for a total of 7’331 direct beneficiaries in Sucre and Bolívar states, by addressing their basic needs and strengthening opportunities in the sectors of food security and livelihoods, nutrition and health services, as well as in water, sanitation and hygiene; in line with the Humanitarian Response Plan for Venezuela 2022 – 2023 and the SDC Guidance Note for Venezuela 2022 – 2024.
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Emergency food assistance
Education facilities and training
- Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
|Background||During the first quarter of 2023, the UN-OCHA Humanitarian Response Plan 2022 - 2023 for Venezuela has reached some 892’000 people. This figure is considerably below the envisaged target of 5.2 million people by the end of 2023. At national level, the needs gaps have increased and both states (Bolívar and Sucre) selected to the intervention are among the five most vulnerable regional entities in the country. According to the latest needs study conducted by RET, in the state of Bolivar it was found that more than 60% of families do not have continuous access to water. In the health sector, this state reported almost 80% of malaria cases nationally in the first quarter of 2022 and, a 93% decrease in the health care capacity due to the closure of health services and a shortage of medicines for the treatment of non-transmissible diseases. In the nutrition sector, the figures remain alarming, as it is forecast that one of three children born in these communities will live in precarious conditions, affecting their physical and mental development. In Sucre state, some communities have continuous access to water, but it is not safe, which has steadily increased the prevalence of water-borne diseases. In the health sector, there is a high deficit of trained personnel to provide emergency services and health care in health care centres. In relation to nutrition, the nutritional status of children under 5 years of age is alarming, with 36 out of every 100 children showing some level of malnutrition, with 32% being underweight and almost 10% showing an acute weight deficit.|
|Objectives||Address the basic needs of vulnerable families in the states of Bolivar and Sucre through family and community strengthening in the sectors of Food Security and Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.|
Direct beneficiaries SDC:
A total of 7’331 (3’768 female and 3’563 male) – including children from 0 to 5 years old, children and young people from 6 to 18 years old, nursing women, adult/elderly people and indigenous communities.
In Bolívar state a total of 1’468 people
In Sucre state a total of 5’863 people
Indirect SDC beneficiaries: 14’662 people
Outcome 1) Efficiently respond to immediate humanitarian needs and prevent protection risks (GBV, inclusion, diversity, resilience) for the most vulnerable people.
Outcome 2) Strengthen equitable and quality access to basic services in the Food Security, Health/Nutrition and WASH sectors, and support livelihood opportunities for the most vulnerable people.
- 3’000 people sensitised on issues on protection and gender topics (SGBV workshops, psychosocial support).
Food Security and Livelihoods:
- 200 heads of households trained in agricultural production practices, entrepreneurship and development of new livelihoods;
- 1’200 people (of 200 families targeted) are benefiting from the production of 100 agricultural gardens;
- 1’968 people received food security assistance.
Health and Nutrition:
- 1’641 children and adolescents from 0 to 15 years of age and older adults received nutritional supplements;
- 930 children under 5 years of age admitted for treatment of Severe or Moderate Acute Malnutrition.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene:
- 800 people benefited with emergency family kits in shelters;
- 3’100 people receive water, sanitation and hygiene items in communities and schools;
- 3 Hygiene Promotion Clubs are created and established with action plans.
Results from previous phases:
- Total beneficiaries attended: 8'203 people in the states of Sucre and Bolivar, strengthened their capacities to improve agricultural practices.
Nutrition, Food security and Livelihoods:
- 175 families and 1 school received agritcultural kits for the creation of family and school gardens.
- 8 theoretical-practical modules of the agriculture and food security workshops were given (4 workshops on alternative nutrition and breastfeeding, and 5 on water, sanitation and hygiene).
- 2'093 people have received food kits (to family groups) and meals served (served daily to approximately 800 people in the Pemón Manak Kru indigenous school, Bolívar state).
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene:
- 395 people have received family dignity kits with hygiene and personal hygiene items.
- 1'674 people in the states of Sucre and Bolivar have received a hand-washing kit.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
Refugee Education Trust (RET) is a leading Swiss-registered non-profit association, created in 2000, at this time in order to promote better education among refugees.
|Coordination with other projects and actors||RET coordinates with OCHA and, its national implementing partners, national and local authorities in all sectors of intervention. The project is aligned with the HRP 2022 – 2023 and RET participates and coordinates with: i) The clusters on Protection, WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods; ii) Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), UN Agencies (e.g. UNHCR) and the International NGO Platform; iii) Fe y Alegría as national implementing partner for the SDC contribution in Southeastern part of Bolivar State.|
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 875’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 240’000|