The Canadian government has promised almost $30-million in humanitarian assistance to Colombia. This is in response to the struggles of security and the wave of people fleeing from the conditions in Venezuela.
In a statement on March 5th, 2021, the Government of Canada released the following:
“Today, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, concluded a 2-day virtual visit to Colombia by announcing investments in 6 projects that respond to the considerable challenges facing the country, including those stemming from the crisis in Venezuela and the COVID-19 pandemic.
These investments in Colombia, valued at $29.5 million, will respond to the impact of the pandemic on education, especially for those facing the greatest needs and vulnerabilities, and support peace and security in the areas most affected by conflict. In line with its Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada will also support the economic empowerment of rural women and youth, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.”
The Honourable Karina Gould, said “Canada’s partnership with Colombia remains strong. Our government is investing in projects that prioritize education, the economic empowerment of rural women and supporting Venezuelan migrants and refugees, whom Colombia has generously welcomed. We are committed to ensuring host communities, migrants and refugees have access to health services, humanitarian assistance and quality education.”