PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday March 18, 2019 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has made US$1.6 million available to Trinidad and Tobago to help Venezuelans in the twin-island republic who have fled their homeland.
Representatives from USAID, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the US Embassy, Trinidadian and Venezuelan civil society met in Port of Spain last week to determine how the US can assist the people of Trinidad and Tobago in managing the impacts of the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
It was decided that programmes using the US$1.6 million will begin by September, and will focus on strengthening community resilience and capacity to address the recent influx of Venezuelan refugees and migrants to Trinidad and Tobago.
“Funds will not be distributed directly to persons in need, but will be used to assist the people of T&T as they assist the people of Venezuela who have been forced to flee their homeland,” USAID said.
Over three million Venezuelans have fled their country since 2015, according to the United Nations. Over the past two years, the United States has given or allocated more than US$150 million in assistance to help countries in the region manage the impacts of the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.