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.”
“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.
Organized by USAID, AVSI and partners, the market event created connections between large firms, local micro-enterprises and vulnerable families in Rwanwanja Refugee Settlement
Between 2015 and 2018, the family resilience project reintegrated children, prevented separation and re-separation of children. Supported by the USAID-funded aspires project led by FHI360, AVSI, together with ReTrak, Companionship of Works Association (COWA) and Fruits of Charity Foundation (FCF), helped 650 households