US Agency Gives Trinidad Money to Help Venezuelans Fleeing Homeland

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.

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