We share a couple’s story of resilience. Peace Besime and Nsanze Sepiria were struggling after years of failed farming ventures, they could barely pay for their basic needs (medical expenses, school dues for their five children, and the construction of a decent shelter). Thankfully, they were introduced to the Graduating to Resilience Activity funded by USAID (led by AVSI Foundation, in partnership with American Institute for Research and Trickle Up). Peace and Nsanze were empowered with practical tools: goal setting, business coaching, good agronomic practices, and even more; finally, their voyage to self-reliance began!
One year after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, AVSI, with its historical partner AVSI Polska and thanks to a donation from the banking group Intesa Sanpaolo, has trained and placed 150 Ukrainian women in permanent positions on the Polish job market.
The President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, during his visit in Kenya, met the students of St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute in Nairobi, funded by AVSI thanks to funds from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.
The story of Florence: Coaching and livelihood trainings help families in Southwestern Uganda achieve their goals
We tell the story of Florence, 42 years old and the mother of nine children, just one of the 6,824 households actively involved in the USAID-funded Graduating to Resilience Activity in Kamwenge District, Southwestern Uganda.
Florence’s children had no access to quality education, and in and out of their school since she had no money to pay for their fees. Worse, the family couldn’t afford to feed the children with nutritious meals and their health was in disarray. Florence’s hopes of guiding her children to a bright future appeared dim.
From February 17th to 22nd, Anastasia Zolotova, the Director of Emmaus (AVSI’s Ukrainian partner), traveled to New York and Washington D.C., to share her experience as a war refugee and new life in Italy. Anastasia’s rich background includes more than twelve years of walking with Emmaus orphans, making her days with us here in the United States truly a gift.
On this very special day, March 8th, 2023, AVSI Foundation celebrates International Women’s Day – a day dedicated to celebrating the remarkable achievements of all the strong women across the globe and to share awareness on the need for full gender equality in all spheres of life.
In the Fall, we started a series of workshops with Jim Blum, Founder of My Father’s House (MFH), and Denio Marx, Director of International Relations for APAC. During our November session, we learned about the importance of volunteers. They are the heart and soul of the APACs in Brazil.
We started involving small groups of volunteers at My Father’s House during the Sunday dinners, a tradition offered since its foundation to current and former residents. To break “barriers and prejudice,” (Denio) we broke bread.