Save the Children strengthened the integration of more than 9,800 migrants, refugees, and host community members.

  • July 27, 2023
  • Area: Health and nutrition, Humanitarian aid, Protection
  • As part of our Migration Program, through the “Path to Integration” project, we provided training and seed capital to promote entrepreneurship.
  • We also offered assistance to ensure access to healthcare services and socio-emotional support.

With the aim of enhancing the integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Peru, Save the Children implemented various actions in the last year to promote economic inclusion and access to healthcare for this vulnerable population. Just under the “Path to Integration” project, part of Save the Children’s Migration Program, 9,875 beneficiaries were directly assisted, including both Venezuelan and Peruvian individuals.

This initiative, funded by the United States Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM), was implemented in Arequipa, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Piura, and Lima. In these regions, 2,429 individuals completed training aimed at establishing their own businesses. Among them, 430 received seed capital to boost their businesses, promote their economic integration, and generate income to support their families. Notably, 89% of the capital beneficiaries are women.

The entrepreneurship courses covered topics such as business formalization, customer service, and finance, among others. Additionally, 1,406 individuals received employability training, focusing on remote work tools and skills, professional title validation, and resume preparation.

As part of the intervention, a “contribution for integration” was provided to 1,106 migrant individuals. Of this total, 62% used the funds for materials to enhance employment opportunities, 42% financed specialized courses, and 5% covered expenses related to the migration regularization process.

Likewise, a total of 3,478 people received financial support to cover medical services through the project. Among them, 41% were children and adolescents (1,453), and 46% of the funding was allocated to pay for health diagnosis consultations.

Regarding socio-emotional support, psychological first aid was provided to 5,226 individuals, and over 245 cases were referred to specialized services, such as Community Mental Health Centers and Special Protection Units.

The project achieved a performance level beyond expectations, as the total number of beneficiaries reached 156% of the projected target. Thus, the objective of strengthening the integration of the migrant population in components such as psychosocial support, nutrition and health, capacity-building for entrepreneurship or employment, and the delivery of humanitarian aid to cover basic food and housing expenses was fulfilled.

Save the Children executes the “Path to Integration” project in response to the Venezuelan migration crisis, which began in 2018. The intervention aims to provide humanitarian assistance and social integration for Venezuelan children and families forced to leave their country.

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