Press Release

AVSI and US State Department actively supporting Venezuelan refugees in Brazil to integrate and find dignified work

On October 1, 2019, AVSI Foundation launched a new project in Brazil, “Promoting integration through employment of Venezuelan refugees and migrants and other vulnerable persons.” The project, funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), will reach 9,600 beneficiaries directly and 35,000 indirectly over two years.

A South Sudanese boy comes to the World Scout Jamboree (West Virginia, July 22-August 2) to show how Scouting is empowering young people to improve living conditions in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya

A South Sudanese Boy Scout has been chosen by the Kenya Scouts Association to participate in the 24th World Scout Jamboree to showcase how Scouting can empower refugees through education, skills development, community service and citizenship activities. Taking place in West Virginia, from July 22 to August 2, the World Scout Jamboree aims to inspire 50,000 young people and adults from 170 countries to take action toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the theme Unlock a New World.

Back to Ninevah Plain: a new project funded by PRM to support the local community and people who decided to return and start again

On September 1, 2018, AVSI Foundation launched a new project in Qaraqosh, Ninevah Plain of Iraq, “A virtuous production cycle to relaunch a city and its economic fabric for IDPs and returnees to the Ninevah Plain, Iraq”.

The project, funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), will last for two years and will reach more than 6,000 farmers and family members in Qaraqosh, Al-Hamdaniya district.

“The Sky Over Kibera” _ The Divine Comedy in the slums of Nairobi

On October 3rd, 5th and 6th, in Kibera, inside a vast slum in the heart of Nairobi where almost one million people live, something unthinkable will happen: 150 students from four schools—Little Prince, Cardinal Otunga, Ushirika and Urafiki—will stage an adaptation of The Divine Comedy, by Italian author Dante Alighieri, directed by Marco Martinelli with Assistant Director Laura Radaelli. Through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, children will cross a path that will conclude with a parade through the heart of the slum.


Uganda is one of the countries with the highest number of refugees in the world. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), there are nearly 1.4 million refugees in the country, including 225,000 coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Refugees live in settlements within host communities and have access to the same services available to Ugandan nationals. The high rate of poverty among refugees and limited economic opportunities contribute to higher poverty levels in refugee-hosting areas, like the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, located in the Kamwenge District and home to approximately 77,000 Congolese refugees. To improve food and nutrition security and self-reliance among extremely poor households in the Kamwenge refugee settlement and host communities, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) awarded AVSI Foundation a $36,700,000 cooperative agreement to implement, in consortium with Trickle Up and IMPAQ International, the Kamwenge Graduation Activity from 2017-2024.

AVSI foundation launches project Open Hospitals

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, AVSI Foundation officially launched the project Open Hospitals, which aims to enhance and empower three Catholic hospitals in Syria. The event took place in Rome at The Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital, which runs the Gemelli Foundation, AVSI’s partner in this project. The other partner is the Cor Unum, Pontifical Council in charge of directing and coordinating the organizations and charitable initiatives of the Catholic Church. Gemelli Foundation has already contributed to the Open Hospitals project with 1 million Euros. AVSI will run the project for three years and it aims to create 42,000 new hospital beds per year.

AVSI-USA presents two debut screening of The Awakened heart in DC

In January, AVSI-USA will be presenting two debut screenings of an award-winning documentary about Crecemos, an education and nutrition center in Oaxaca, Mexico, a long-term partner of the international NGO.

The Awakened Heart first screening will take place in New York on January 14, 2017, as part of the New York Encounter, and in Washington DC, on January 25, 2017, at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Screenings will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Executive Director of Crecemos, Maria del Socorro del Rio.

AVSI’s voice at the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants

AVSI’s staff is back in New York to participate in the UN high-level Summit for Refugees and Migrants. This is the first time that the UN General Assembly has called for a summit at the level of Heads of State and Government on large movements of refugees and migrants, a topic that has been largely addressed by AVSI Foundation, an international humanitarian NGO based in Milan.

Exhibited in Italy and Switzerland, “Generating Beauty” comes for the first time to the US

“On the peripheries of existence”. These are words Pope Francis frequently uses to describe some of the poorest places of the Earth, where misery, war and hunger jeopardize human dignity. In 2014, AVSI Foundation, an international NGO created in 1972 and currently developing humanitarian and development projects in 30 countries, invited the acclaimed Irish journalist John Waters to visit some of these communities where misery, conflict and starvation are overwhelming. His journey resulted in the exhibit “Generating Beauty: New Beginnings at the Ends of the World”, which comes to the US for the first time, after being presented in Italy and Switzerland. The exhibit is one of the highlights of this year’s New York Encounter (15-17 January).

AVSI-USA launches campaign to help Syrian refugees in Middle East, Europe and in the U.S.

Persecution, conflict, violence, and human rights violations have formed a ‘nation of the displaced’ that, if they were a country, would make up the 24th largest in the world. Each day the number of refugees grows. To support those who flee, even if only for a portion of their journey, the Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI-USA) is launching the campaign “Refugees and Us: We are all on the same road”.