February 5, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.
Venezuela“We buy hair,” read the somewhat startling sign at a Colombian vendor’s kiosk. Offers made by these types of vendors are aimed toward people on the brink of desperation to provide for their families.
It has become common for Venezuelans to cross into Columbia, shave their heads, and return with foreign currency in hand. This is just one of many ways the Venezuelan people have shown resilience during one of the most dire economic crises in the world.
Venezuela was once considered the richest country in South America. But according to the United Nations, more than 5 million Venezuelans have left the country over the past several years due to the economy’s steep decline. Many leave permanently; others walk across the border to purchase food and make money.
Since 2017, Convoy of Hope has served close to 6 million meals to more than 562,000 Venezuelans affected by economic unrest. Right now, on a monthly basis, we provide food, hygiene supplies, and other necessities to 1,600 families in Venezuela.
Our in-country partners have been pivotal in locating vulnerable families, allowing supplies to be distributed directly to them. These partners also identify local vendors who can provide, package, and distribute products.
Although Convoy of Hope provides natural disaster relief, we also bring hope to survivors of crises around the world, including the economic crisis in Venezuela.