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FARE SUCCEEDS IN BRINGING CHILDREN HOME AND STRENGTHENING 650 FAMILIES

Between 2015 and 2018, the family resilience project reintegrated children, prevented separation and re-separation of children. Supported by the USAID-funded aspires project led by FHI360, AVSI, together with ReTrak, Companionship of Works Association (COWA) and Fruits of Charity Foundation (FCF), helped 650 households

WITH UNHCR TO HELP 1,500 VENEZUELAN IMMIGRANTS ARRIVING EVERY DAY IN BRAZIL

AVSI, in partnership with UNHCR, manages three reception centers in Boa Vista and helps more than 1,500 people every day. People who arrive at the centers are exhausted, and feel hopeless. They need everything: food, clothes, healthcare and, above all, they need to feel there’s a possibility for a future in their new home.​

“I HAVE NO THOUGHT OF ESCAPING”: ​INSIDE THE BRAZILIAN PRISONS WITH NO GUARDS

Renato Da Silva Junior harbours ambitions of becoming a lawyer. There is just one obstacle: he is a quarter of the way through serving a 20-year jail sentence for murder.

“My dreams are bigger than my mistakes,” says Da Silva, a slightly built man with a broad smile. “I am doing everything to get out of here as soon as I can.”

Da Silva, 28, an inmate at the men’s prison in Itaúna, a town in Minas Gerais, south-east Brazil, is chipping away at his sentence and has already reduced it by two years through work and study at the Association for Protection and Assistance to Convicts (Apac) prison. Here, inmates wear their own clothes, prepare their own food and are even in charge of security. At an Apac jail, there are no guards or weapons, and inmates literally hold the keys.