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Tens of Thousands of Venezuelans Need Urgent Help In Under-Equipped Brazilian Shelters

Taking shelter in Brazil, refugees of the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis are in urgent need of food, shelter, jobs, and legal assistance.

Brazil’s northern state of Roraima is struggling to cope with the influx of migrants and refugees. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the border to escape the ongoing political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in their home country. Local shelters and relief organizations are doing their best to provide for the new arrivals, but their resources are severely strained by the scale of the migration.


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PADF's Response

PADF is leading an international response to the growing Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis in Brazil.

Credit: Folha de S. Paulo

We have identified Boa Vista, the state capital of Roraima, as a priority area for intervention as one of the areas most impacted by the refugee and migrant crisis. The city is struggling to keep up with the needs of thousands of refugees and migrants and has only one shelter, the Immigrant Reference Center, run by local religious organization Fraternidade.

PADF is soliciting support from government institutions, foundations, corporations, philanthropists and individuals to contribute to the relief effort, which will focus on improving physical conditions at Fraternidade's Immigrant Reference Center shelter in Boa Vista and expanding its work to provide more services to those in need. Food, hygiene items and other supplies are being donated locally. With your support, PADF aims to achieve the following results:

  • Improve sanitation services at the shelter
  • Establish a clinic for refugees and migrants
  • Increase shelter staff and services
  • Improve transportation options for volunteers, refugees and migrants
  • Upgrade office space at the shelter
  • Provide basic needs of refugees and migrants not met by current efforts

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Credit: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Venezuela Humanitarian Crisis: Regional Response Urgently Needed

"Thousands have gone to Brazil, many entering via the border that Venezuela shares with the Brazilian state of Roraima. Some seek protection there as refugees, others seek temporary work, while others make visits seeking desperately needed medical care. The unprecedented influx of Venezuelans is straining Roraima’s already overburdened public health care system and clogging Brazil’s system for processing asylum applications." Read more.

Local Media - Globo Notícias

Boa Vista becomes destination for a legion of refugees from Venezuela

"The second stop for Venezuelans arriving in Brazil is the capital of Roraima , Boa Vista. Many go to other cities or try to start life in other countries in South America, but many people stay in Boa Vista in makeshift shelters.

Boa Vista has become the destination of a legion of hungry, desperate people trying to find a new course for life. Venezuela in those who left everything behind by absolute lack of perspective in the native land. For many, life is starting again at 20, 25, 30, 40 years." Read more.

Credit: Globo Comunicação e Participações SA

Credit: Globo Comunicação e Participações SA

How Your Contribution Helps

Your contribution will go toward our relief efforts for Venezuelan migrants and refugees. We partner with local, grassroots organizations to ensure your gift goes where it is needed the most. At this time, PADF is not accepting in-kind donations for Venezuelans in Brazil. Please consider an urgent monetary contribution.

PADF has an extensive network in the region that includes community based organizations in the affected areas. As the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF responds to the region's major natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

About the Immigrant Reference Center
Run by the Fraternidade International Humanitarian Federation, the Immigrant Reference Center in Boa Vista is the focal point for assisting Venezuelan refugees and migrants in northern Brazil. They provide three meals per day, hygiene products, medical services, job placement and limited legal assistance. Improving conditions at this shelter and strengthening Fraternidade’s capacity to serve Venezuelans throughout Roraima are vital first steps in helping refugees and migrants in the area. The shelter currently houses approximately 280 Venezuelans, but it is ill-suited for long-term stays. There are no areas for privacy, medical attention, or on-site administrative work, and many refugees and migrants sleep on the concrete floor. The shelter also lacks adequate restrooms and transport to shuttle refugees and migrants elsewhere or aid them in traveling to complete actions for attaining refugee status.

Why Give to PADF?


PADF’s top priority is to make a lasting and sustainable impact in the lives of millions of people in the Americas.

To achieve this, we work with public, corporate and private supporters like you to create sustainable jobs and improve livelihoods, upgrade community services, strengthen civil society and organizations, and aid victims of natural and humanitarian crises. By making a tax-deductible gift you are helping fulfill our mission to create a Hemisphere of Opportunity for All.