WONDER is supporting young women so they can gain quality access to education in Venezuela.

National Summary

Rates of school enrolment and years of education in Venezuela are around the same for boys and girls – school is free and obligatory. Despite this, there are many barriers for women looking to pursue education. 

In 2014, 5 million people fled the country due to high levels of unemployment, violence and hunger. This social discontentment led to protests in San Cristobal that gained worldwide attention for their brutality. 

Covid-19 further accentuated the crisis in Venezuela, negatively effecting access to education, work and basic necessities. The intensive care unit in San Cristobal has operated at 100% capacity in many instances – Venezuela saw a 73% rise of malnutrition in children under 5 years old. Prior to the pandemic, women were 29% less likely than men to have equal opportunities, and this has been exacerbated in the last two years. Distance learning failed due to a widespread lack of electricity and water, so the responsibility of education fell on already overwhelmed parents.



Quick Facts

285, 872 population of San Cristobal, Venezuela

92.2% total population at risk of poverty or social exclusion

49.8% population as female

Women 29% less likely than men to have equal opportunities

Featured partners and projects

We currently work with 27 women-led local partners globally who have a proven track record of helping communities through education.
We rely on their expertise to respond to local needs and solutions in order to establish sustainable long-term projects.


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