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Baseball club brings a bit of home to Venezuelan refugee and migrant kids in Peru


Baseball club brings a bit of home to Venezuelan refugee and migrant kids in Peru

A baseball training club in Lima gives young Venezuelans a second chance at their dreams of one day going professional.
06 April 2023
Six boys in baseball uniforms stand on a training pitch

Young Venezuelan-born members of Los Astros baseball club attend practice at a park in the San Juan de Lurigancho district in northern Lima, Peru.

What is UNHCR doing to help?

Amidst this insecurity, UNHCR and partners continue to deliver life-saving assistance to displaced populations. UNHCR leads the Clusters that are responsible for Shelter, Protection and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), which provide critical services to vulnerable populations.

The Shelter and Non-Food Item Cluster covers essentials like tarpaulin-walled shelters, blankets, cooking pots and menstrual hygiene kits for women and girls who are the majority of the targeted beneficiary group.

The Protection Cluster improves access to protection services with a particular emphasis on the needs of vulnerable groups, such as women, children, the elderly and people with specific needs. The main interventions include monitoring and analysis of the protection situation; profiling and mapping exercises in areas of new displacement to identify the most urgent needs; psychosocial assistance (including cash for protection), legal or judicial accompaniment; and strengthening peaceful cohabitation and social cohesion.

By the end of 2022, there were 122 sites for internally displaced people in Tanganyika, South Kivu, North Kivu, and Ituri, coordinated through the CCCM cluster under the co-leadership of UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration. Recognizing that the sites option should remain the last resort, the CCCM Cluster also works to strengthen the coordination and management of more than 80 communal shelters - such as those in football stadiums, churches, and schools).

The delivery of this emergency assistance continues despite severe underfunding in the DRC. For 2023, UNHCR is asking for US$233 million to assist both IDPs and refugees in the DRC.

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