AVSI-USA is excited to bring together key global players to celebrate the power of the Graduation Approach to transform lives. What makes this approach so successful is the holistic services offered, for they not only provide new skills, but confidence to the targeted ultra-poor households (HH), as well as improve their security to diversify income, protect against shocks, and sustain well-being.
Graduating to Resilience Learning Summit
graduating to Resilience Learning Summit, June 21, 2022
AVSI-USA and the Society for International Development, US Chapter (SID-US) will host the Graduating to Resilience Learning Summit as an opportunity to share and discuss the results of the first cohort of the USAID funded graduation pilot taking place in Kamwenge District, Uganda.
CHESS TOURNAMENT FOR ukraine
join our friends for an online chess tournament for ukraine, april 18-22
All are invited to join an entirely virtual Chess Tournament Fundraiser for the #HelpUkraine Campaign, April 18-22. Click on the ‘learn more’ button to download the flyer and register!
Zoom call with ukraine
Zoom Call with Ukraine on Sunday, March 20th, at 4 pm
Join us for a Zoom call with Guido Calvi, Head of AVSI’s Emergency Response Team who has just returned to Italy from Poland and Romania. He will share his first-hand experience and answer any questions. See the link below.
No one escapes from love
Camino Productions NYC and AVSI-USA present
“UNGUARDED: Nobody Escapes from Love”
Directed by Simonetta D’Italia
To be released in 2021
UNGUARDED takes us inside the walls of APAC, the revolutionary Brazilian prison system centered on the full recovery and rehabilitation of the person. Beginning in 1970, APAC founder Dr. Mario Ottoboni volunteered in some of Brazil’s worst prisons. Seeing men and women frequently return to a life of crime once they left prison, Dr. Ottoboni decided to found his own restorative justice-based system. The results have been extraordinary: while the crime rate and recidivism rates have continued to increase in Brazil’s public prisons, within the APAC (Association for the Protection and Assistance of Convicts) system they have steadily decreased. UNGUARDED explores the unique method behind this system, now present in twenty three countries across four continents. Observing the daily lives of the “recuperandos” (recovering inmates) who live and work there, we see firsthand why—as one inmate puts it—“no one escapes from love.”
IN-PERSON AND IN-COLOR: AVSI ‘COME & SEE’ PARTICIPANTS SHARE SPECIAL MOMENTS WITH CRECEMOS DIJO IN OAXACA, MEXICO
On April 18, 2022, a group of individual private donors, as well as their family members and a few AVSI-USA staff, set out on a “Come & See” trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, to visit the Crecemos DIJO Center. The trip was a long time coming. It was originally scheduled for October 2020. Now, 18 months later, it was finally happening. Yet, after two years in a world substantially changed by the pandemic, some of us couldn’t help but wonder if we should be taking this trip at all.
Retreat from the challenging environment in Port au Prince is a short-sighted solution that will only exacerbate the problem, with potentially severe consequences for the Haitian people and the region. AVSI is a strategic partner that 1) keeps open humanitarian access to the most hazardous neighborhoods; 2) focuses on place-based strategies with a high degree of community buy-in and support, employing local staff; and 3) brings proven, context-specific strategies that integrate across sectors for holistic care and greater impact. AVSI is ready to work with donor agencies and partners to expand and strengthen this programmatic approach.
An intense week of discussion, meetings with donor agencies, lots of hard questions and even more painful answers culminated in a panel discussion held in the forum of The New York Encounter. At that event, titled “Haiti’s Open Wounds: Is there Hope?“, Fiammetta and journalist Joe Parkin Daniels from The Guardian dove into the questions which have been burning for so many throughout the terribly painful year of 2021, which for Haiti was a living hell.
Cindy Gonzalez, 32, is from Venezuela. She is living now in Pisulí, a poor remote village on the outskirts of Quito, with her husband, her mother-in-law, and her two daughters: Isabella, 3, and Ivana, 6 months. Cindy arrived in Ecuador with her family three years ago. Like most Venezuelan migrants in Ecuador, she and her husband have informal jobs, the type of unstable work that makes up a large part of the economy in developing countries. She promotes beauty products, and he sells food items on the street.
The story of Sister Maria, a young Benedictine nun, who returned to Ukraine from Rome to help her people. Of Irina, 29, who spends 15 hours a day in a warehouse, freezing, following the work of the volunteers. Of Father W., the director of Caritas in Lviv, who is wearing himself out travelling