Children’s lives hang in the balance as conditions in Venezuela worsen

Help provide urgent humanitarian aid to children in crisis.

In Venezuela, an estimated 3.2 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The country’s escalating socio-economic and political crisis has caused severe shortages of food, safe water and medical supplies. Malnutrition rates are high, vaccine-preventable diseases including measles and diphtheria have re-emerged, while yellow fever and malaria are on the rise. An estimated 1.3 million children and adolescents need protection services, while over 1 million children are out of school. Please help.

How will my donation help vulnerable children in Venezuela?

Your donation will help UNICEF reach more children with safe water, educational supplies, medicine and essential nutrition. Here are just a few examples of how you can make an impact: 

  • Your gift of $31 can provide enough water purification tablets for 69 children to access safe drinking water
  • Your gift of $40 can provide basic school essentials like pencils and exercise books to 70 children
  • Your gift of $50 can provide a vaccine pack to protect 64 children against measles, polio and tetanus
  • Your gift of $68 can provide a survival food kit full of enough nutrient-packed therapeutic food for 118 malnourished children  

How urgent is the humanitarian situation in Venezuela?

The humanitarian needs of children in Venezuela are immediate, immense and growing. The country’s socio-economic and political environment, which has been deteriorating over the past three years, worsened further in 2019 – undermining children’s access to some of their most basic rights. Frequent power cuts have made it difficult for children to access food and safe water and to attend school regularly.  

Safe drinking water in Venezuela
“One time I drank dirty water and got sick. I got a fever and tiny white spots appeared on my skin.”
- Duglianis, age 9
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What is UNICEF doing to help children in Venezuela?

UNICEF is one of the major humanitarian actors on the ground in Venezuela. Since 2018, we have rapidly increased our presence and programmes to respond to the country’s growing humanitarian needs.

So far in 2019, UNICEF has reached:

  1. Over 260,000 people with access to safe drinking water 
  2. More than 85,000 children, pregnant and breastfeeding women with micronutrient supplementation
  3. Over 250,000 children with vaccines against polio and 160,000 children with vaccines against diphtheria
  4. Over 66,000 children with learning materials 
  5. More than 15,500 children and young people with psychosocial support

Why does UNICEF need my help now?

As the situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate, UNICEF needs your help to scale up our response. While funding for the humanitarian response in Venezuela has been increasing, it remains insufficient to match the growing needs. We are particularly concerned about the worsening food shortage. A lack of fuel has prevented farmers from harvesting their crops, which will put millions of children at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Please help by making a donation today.

We need the support of generous and caring donors like you to help us reach:  

  1. Over 7,000 children under 5 years with treatment for severe or moderate malnutrition
  2. More than 1,200,000 children under 5 years with vaccines against measles
  3. Over 800,000 people with water and sanitation interventions
  4. Over 680,000 children with education materials
  5. Approximately 129,000 children with psychosocial and protection support

“Millions of children need to be immunized, go to school, drink safe water and feel protected. Children’s needs must remain above politics.”

- Paloma Escudero, UNICEF Director of Communication

Last updated: November 28, 2019