Projects

Pamplona Shelters

On the Ground International is based in the quaint colonial town of Pamplona, a 2-3 day walk from the Venezuelan border. Though a small town, Pamplona hosts four refugee shelters. OTGI provides regular cash support and food deliveries to these shelters, and our volunteers assist in preparing and serving meals and cleaning the shelters. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure these shelters can stay open.

Food prep for the refugees at Marta's shelter

Inside the shelters: Martha’s

Martha’s shelter is located right when you enter Pamplona from highway 55, the route which the Venezuelans are walking. Although it is a small hOn the Ground International is based in the quaint colonial town of Pamplona, a 2-3 day walk from the Venezuelan border. Though a small town, Pamplona hosts two refugee shelters. OTGI provides regular cash support and food deliveries to these shelters, and our volunteers assist in preparing and serving meals and cleaning the shelters. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure these shelters can stay open.ouse, Martha’s shelter give many people food every day and for some people there is even a chance to sleep here. Martha and the eight volunteers working here do everything they can to help the refugees. On The Ground helps at this shelter two days a week, cooking and serving the food.

Hogar de Paso Marta Duque

Inside the shelters: Vanessa’s

Located in the center of Pamplona is the second shelter where the refugees can eat and sleep. Vanessa’s provides breakfast, lunch and dinner so at any time of the day refugees are welcome for some food. There are eight volunteers working at Vanessa’s, all Venezuelans, and together with the volunteers of On The Ground is the shelter always ready to receive new refugees. Because the refugees arriving in Pamplona have already walked several long days this shelter also provides basic medical care. A lot of the refugees are exhausted, dehydrated or have fevers, so some medical care is much needed. At Vanessa’s there is also a children’s program, where the On The Ground volunteers play with all the kids and give the mothers a much-needed chance to rest.