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Press Release- ASET II: The Second Phase of Achieving Socio-economic Stability of Returnees, Host Community and IDPs

Washington DC | On September 15, 2022, AVSI Foundation launched a new project in the Ninawa and Duhok governorates of Iraq, “Achieving Socio-economic Stability of Returnees, Host Community and IDPs in Iraq, Phase Two (ASET II).”
Funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), ASET II will strengthen the socio-economic resilience of vulnerable returnees, IDPs, and the host community in Ninawa and Duhok governorates. The project will build on AVSI Iraq’s successful work and advance PRM’s mission by providing durable solutions to IDPs, returnees, and host communities in Iraq.

Putting children first in response to the Haiti earthquake

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy awarded AVSI a grant from the CDP Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund to mitigate the harmful effects of the earthquake on August 14, 2021 on children by providing physical and psychosocial protection, promoting child development through informal education programs, and reactivating child protection networks.

A Glimpse into the Restorative Freedom Initiative

A year ago, Jim Blum watched Unguarded for the first time. His immediate reaction was, “This is what I want for my men”. His men are formerly-incarcerated persons he welcomes at My Father’s House (MFH) in Denver, CO, and this is the methodology and experience of APAC, which the documentary, Unguarded, features beautifully.

A dream turned into reality: The Fadai Community Center in Marjayoun, South of Lebanon

AVSI has been working in Marjayoun and its neighboring towns since the beginning of the Syrian war, which forced over a million Syrian refugees to seek refuge there in Informal Tent Settlements. From the very first year, in an attempt to create a glimpse of hope for the most vulnerable, AVSI staff envisioned building a Community Center which would allow for an escape from the dark reality that many Syrian refugees were facing, and still are to this day. Today, the Fadai Community Center, found in the village of Bourj El Moulok, in the heart of Marjayoun, has thus far been indeed an escape for 100,000 people in need.

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.

The Power of Reading: AVSI Provides Ivorian Children with the Opportunity to Dream

UN data reveals that more than 393 million children have failed to gain the basic literacy skills at age 10; and in the case of Ivory Coast, the reading rates have always been low, with the reality that one third of children who start in 1st grade will drop out before finishing primary school. In response, AVSI has been working to improve literacy rates in 613 schools of Ivory Coast through the USDA/McGovern-Dole Program. Led by the World Food Program from 2016 to 2021, 150,000 students were able to receive quality school meals. Amid the crisis, AVSI has stepped up its work with refugees and migrants in the region, leveraging the little money available to create pathways for long-term integration and development for Venezuelans in host countries. Through the project Integrados, funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, AVSI provides legal protection, housing, and livelihoods assistance for Venezuelan refugees and migrants in three regions of Ecuador: Pichincha, Manabi, and El Oro.