Carlos Vecchio, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, thanked the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the $1.8 million in support announced on Tuesday within the framework of the BetterTogether/ JuntosEsMejor Challenge, which benefits Venezuelan citizens and host communities in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
“The United States, through USAID, and the IDB have been key allies in our ongoing efforts to address and seek solutions to the difficult situation faced by millions of Venezuelans in Venezuela and throughout the region as a result of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency generated by Nicolás Maduro. A crisis that has been accentuated by the pandemic. Our deepest thanks to USAID, the IDB and all the countries that have expressed their solidarity with Venezuela, as well as in the past our beautiful land received refugees from the conflicts in Latin America and the world,” said Vecchio.
In a statement, USAID said the awards will be used to finance solutions to expand access to employment opportunities, education and financial services, and to combat exploitation and xenophobia.
- ⁃ In Colombia, Brazil and Peru, the Migraflix social enterprise will allow for the scaling up of an innovative model that provides Venezuelan refugees and receiving communities with training in technical and business skills to generate online gastronomy businesses and enable access to micro-credits, financial tutoring and contacts with local markets.
- ⁃ In Peru, the employment agency Nanas y Amas will use an online platform to connect vulnerable Venezuelan women with pre-screened and fairly paid job opportunities.
- ⁃ In Trinidad and Tobago, Democracy International will launch an innovative behavior change program aimed at countering the harassment and xenophobia faced by Venezuelan women in everyday situations.
- ⁃ In Venezuela, with USAID funding, a local organization will work to scale up a hybrid platform that operates both online and in person to help young entrepreneurs with great potential from vulnerable sectors. Another grantee will provide high-speed Internet access to urban communities and enable new users to access vital information for educational and financial services.
The BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor Challenge is a partnership between USAID and the IDB aimed at identifying, financing and scaling up innovative solutions in support of the Venezuelan population and the communities that generously receive them throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Los Estados Unidos, a través de @USAID, y el @the_IDB han sido un aliado fundamental en nuestros esfuerzos permanentes para atender y buscar soluciones a la dificil situación que enfrentan millones de venezolanos en Venezuela y toda la región… https://t.co/oQBLwmBHAG
— CARLOS VECCHIO (@carlosvecchio) August 12, 2020