On September 14, addressing the participants of a meeting to discuss the responses to the crisis in Syria and Iraq, the Holy Father praised the great work carried out through the open hospitals project to provide healthcare to the poorest in Syria
Led by the World Food Program (WFP), the “Integrated Support for Sustainable School Canteens and Early Grade Reading” program will contribute to the sustainability of school canteens in 613 schools in seven regions in the next five years
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.
During 2018 Festival of Friendship, AVSI-USA discussed moving from how we face immigration in the abstract to how we face immigrants – telling real stories of real people
With “Overcoming Borders”, AVSI wants to give prisoners a more dignified life. Financed by the European Union, the project was created to strengthen the experience of the Association for the Protection and Assistance of Convicted Persons (APAC) in the state of Minas Gerais, and to expend the method to five states in Brazil: Ceará, Espírito Santo, Maranhão, Paraná and Rondônia.