A former voluneer, Elodie, has written an article on the relationship between Colombia and Venezuela, and what causes Colombia to welcome Venezuelan migrants with “open arms”.
Our long-term volunteer, Simone, has written a piece on her experience of volunteering with OTGI. Simone has been volunteering with us for 2 months and has been an invaluable component of our team!
In June of 2022 OTGI started participating in a local project with children in collaboration with the Dharma Foundation. It is located in Christo Rey, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Pamplona, in which a lot of Venezuelan immigrants live. The Dharma Foundation was set up by Liliana, a Colombian woman with a big heart who was previously the owner …
Two of our volunteers, Tabatha and Jenny, have created a fundraiser to raise money to buy clothes and shoes for caminantes (refugees). This can often be life-saving if they don’t have sufficient warm clothing for the freezing temperatures.
Currently on a career break from her job as a journalist at BBC News in London, Catherine is volunteering with us for 2 months. Here is a humbling and real account of just one couples story.
On the Ground International is on the front lines of the Venezuelan refugee crisis in Colombia. We work with international volunteers and local partners to provide aid and relief to the Venezuelan refugees walking across the country.
In January 2018, Marta began opening her home to Venezuelan refugees. One year and three months later, she and her team of four Venezuelans are serving 250-300 meals a day.
The most desperate Venezuelan refugees cross the border with absolutely nothing, not even $30 that would buy them an 18-hour bus ride to the capital, Bogota. Left with no other option, they walk.