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The “Second chance” for women inmates in Ecuador

The project seeks to provide a “second chance” in society for women deprived of liberty by reducing the digital gap, increasing their income potential, gaining their peers’ and family’s respect, and delivering training and education on IT skills, entrepreneurship, and business models.

United Families Make Fruitful Fields: How AVSI makes refugees “protagonists” of their own development in Uganda

At AVSI we say that we want to make people “protagonists” of their own development. Here I saw a real example. These people, with all of their intersecting vulnerabilities, anxieties, scars and poverties, found a place where they could come together and be seen. This relationship, offered in a peaceful place, unlocked their learning potential. They were empowered to reconsider their preconceptions, and not to stop at reconsidering, but to actually apply their learning to their own families and relationships.

The importance of dreams and empathy

At the beginning of May, Cecilia Tresoldi had the opportunity to travel to Bucharest, Romania, where I met our colleagues from FDP – Protagonisti in Educatie, as well as the Ukrainian refugees and local host families they serve.

Fostering Economic Stability and Social Cohesion: The Transformative Power of ASET Project in Iraq

The success of the PRM-funded ASET project in Ninewa and Duhok is a testament to the importance of investing in the resilience and recovery of conflict-affected communities. By providing targeted interventions and support, the project has helped individuals to build better livelihoods, improve their income, and contribute to the wider economy. The examples of Mohammed Tahir and Wissam Youhanna in Ninewa and Abdulsalam Ahmad and Ibrahim Salih in Duhok highlight the transformative impact of the program, and provide hope for the future of these regions.

PRM team visits Welcomed through work beneficiaries in Brazil

Members of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) were in Brazil this month and learned about some of the activities of the project Welcomed through work – implemented by AVSI Brasil, with support from AVSI Foundation, and fully financed by PRM.

AVSI-USA Visits Ukrainian Refugees in Poland and Romania

Barbara Gagliotti shares the story of Dona Maria. Dona Maria, an elderly woman, and her disabled husband were boarded unto a bus in Zaporizhzhia and transported to Romania, leaving everything and everyone they knew behind.  We met Dona Maria during a visit to AVSI-USA supported activities in Poland and Romania as part of our emergency campaign on behalf of Ukrainian refugees. Read more.