In 2017 more than 795,000 people entered into Colombia from Venezuela seeking for a better life. Crossing the border to Colombia, they entered in La Guajira, one of the departments with the lowest human development index in the country: one out of 2 people already lived in poverty. This massive wave of migration was added to an extended period of drought due to phenomenon "El Niño”. Both, climate variability and unexpected wave of migrants has created an uncertain economic situation mainly in Maicao and Riohacha´s municipalities in Guajira´s Department, where Wayuú´s communities and vulnerable people placed in deprived neighborhoods have hosted either Colombians that have returned or Venezuelans that are migrating due to lack to access to food, political instability and elevated levels of acute and chronic undernutrition. For Wayuú´s indigenous communities, affectation include also losing their main livelihoods as one of the forms of subsistence of the communities is marketing of handicrafts, animals and goods with Markets in Venezuela.
WE NEED YOUR URGENT SUPPPORT FOR:
Increasing the adaptability of Wayuu`s men and women affected by Venezuelans migration improving traditional agricultural, livestock and community practices to contribute to their food security.
Increasing the resilience and reduction of vulnerability in livelihoods and food security in the host population of the Venezuelans population in urban area in the municipalities of Maicao and Riohacha.
Covering basic needs (non food items, water and sanitation and shelter) of the affected population are meet while preparing for a livelihood restoration