Due to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, Diana had to leave her country. She one of the first Venezuelan refugees AVSI met in Alluriquín, where AVSI Ecuador is implementing Activados, a project fostering local integration and peaceful coexistence between refugees and the host community
Haley Adams, Food for Peace Officer at USAID Uganda, visited the Graduating to Resilience Activity in Kamwenge District in December 2019. The Activity aims to graduate 13,200 households (both refugee and host community), from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience. Graduating to Resilience is a seven-year USAID-funded program in Southwestern Uganda, now home to mostly Congolese and Rwandan refugees.
On October 28-29, in Brussels, the European Union, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), co-hosted the International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis. Giampaolo Silvestri, AVSI Secretary General, shared the experience of AVSI with Venezuelans in Brazil from the floor.
AVSI is proud to be among the outreach partners in the the BetterTogether Challenge, an initiative launched on October 21 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Passi sought refuge in Uganda after the massive killings and instability caused by a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2017. “It was hard starting a new life here in the refugee settlement, with no source of income, not even water or a piece of soap.” In DRC, Passi and her husband Kibuyi Kimaga ensured the wellbeing of their family primarily through Kibuyi’s job as a security guard at a hospital in Goma. At the time of the killings, Passi was at home with the children and quickly fled to safety. She never saw the father of her children again.
To keep Venezuelan refugees and migrants safe in Ecuador, and to promote integration and peaceful coexistence with the local community, AVSI Ecuador is implementing, in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the project “Activados.”
Thanks to the Imarisha Jamil Project, AVSI Kenya has been helping refugees like Uwimpuhwe Marie Josee and Uwena Devota to enhance their social and economic resilience.
Funded by UNICEF and launched in 2019, the project “Supporting Vulnerable Girls and Boys to Access and Remain in Education in Lebanon” gives children access to education and guarantees their right to literacy.
Fourteen-year-old Kok Matim, from South Sudan, participated in the 24th World Scout Jamboree and showcased how scouting can empower refugees through education.
“I LEFT MY WHOLE LIFE BACK HOME. I WANT TO START OVER, SMILE WITH MY CHILDREN AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A GOOD EDUCATION.”
Graduating to Resilience, an activity implemented by AVSI Foundation and funded by the Office of Food for Peace, USAID gives hope to Congolese refugees like Mwamini and her two children.