The crisis in Venezuela continues to worsen. People continuously face acute shortages of food, medicine, and water, as well as frequent power blackouts, in what used to be the most lucrative country in Latin America. Due to extreme poverty, dysfunctional health system, and the injustice and brutality of the Venezuelan regime, countless Venezuelans are either dying or fleeing the country.
People in Need has been present in Venezuela since 2014 within the context of a program supporting human rights and independent civil society. With the current escalation of the situation in the region, PIN plans to expand support. Right now, it is possible to help those in need through local NGOs with whom People in Need has been working since the beginning of its engagement in Venezuela. In the case of a dramatic, worsening situation, we are ready to help attend to the current needs and security situation.
!!! SOS Venezuela !!!
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Supporting civil society
People in Need has a network of partnering non-profit organizations on sight, as well as a small, stable team. Since 2014, Czech donors have donated more than 2 million Czech crowns to the country through the PIN’s Club of Friends. This money continues to help us support projects involving independent journalists, the politically persecuted, people without access to medicine and people from poor and socially excluded areas. Our first projects supported the local human rights center, where lawyers help victims of politically motivated prosecution, as well as, support young people from poor areas paint their own positive art on the city walls previously covered by propaganda.
Four years ago, we helped establish the radio program, Humano Derecho. Back when the space for civil society and the free media was becoming increasingly narrow, the radio was only broadcasting a few times per week. Today, it is a full-fledged medium that addresses various social issues from different perspectives.
In 2018, People in Need launched its largest project in Venezuela so far: in cooperation with Venezuelan universities and young people, we support three years of education in the area of peace studies and conflict resolution. Together with our partner organizations, we organize academic courses in Venezuela on peaceful conflict resolution and leadership. At the same time, we connect students with representatives of civil society and activists.
We assisted Venezuelan organizations and activists to organize advocacy trips around Europe and directly supported them during the attendance of the international forum. We organized a meeting between Venezuelan activists and prominent figures of the EU and supported their attendance at UN negotiations in Geneva.
The guests from Venezuela regularly attend the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World which is held annually in Prague and Brussels.