Displaced Persons

Embaixador do Canadá Inaugurará Serviços de Ajuda para Imigrantes e Refugiados Venezuelanos

Boa Vista, Roraima (2 de fevereiro de 2018) - A Fundação Pan-Americana para o Desenvolvimento - PADF e a Fraternidade - Federação Humanitária Internacional, têm o prazer de receber o Embaixador Riccardo Savone para inaugurar duas importantes iniciativas humanitárias financiadas pelo Fundo Canadá de Apoio a Iniciativas Locais que ajudarão refugiados e imigrantes venezuelanos no estado de Roraima.

O Sr. Savone, o Embaixador do Canadá no Brasil, irá inaugurar oficialmente uma clínica e uma escola moveis para refugiados e imigrantes venezuelanos abrigados no Centro de Referência ao Imigrante em Boa Vista, em uma cerimônia às 11h na segunda-feira 5 de fevereiro. O Sr. Savone será acompanhado pelo Capitão de Mar e Guerra Réal Brisson, Adido de Defesa, e a Segunda Secretaria Nadine Khoury. A clínica e a escola foram construídas em containers adaptados com capacidade para atendimentos básicos de saúde e sala de aula.

“Por causa do agravamento da situação econômica, política e humanitária na Venezuela, mais de 30,000 venezuelanos e venezuelanas já cruzaram a fronteira para Roraima, buscando melhores condições”, disse Paulo Cavalcanti, o Representante do País da PADF no Brasil. “A PADF está liderando uma resposta internacional para melhorar a qualidade de vida dos refugiados e agradecemos o apoio do Canadá às iniciativas”.

As instalações implementadas pela PADF, servirão aos imigrantes e refugiados no abrigo, que são indígenas. A clínica fornecerá um local privado e higiênico para que médicos e enfermeiras de agências governamentais e organizações sem fins lucrativos tratem os problemas médicos que os imigrantes e refugiados presentam.

Enquanto isso, a escola permitirá que as crianças recebam educação primária e que os adultos recebam cursos profissionalizantes e de idiomas. As aulas na escola serão ministradas por voluntários da ONG local Fraternidade – Federação Humanitária Internacional, da Universidade Federal de Roraima (UFRR), da Casa de los Niños e também professores indígenas.

Ao mesmo tempo, o Sr. Savone anunciará oficialmente um novo projeto com a Fraternidade e também apoiado pela PADF, para doar kits de alimentos e produtos de higiene para mais de mil venezuelanos vivendo no Ginásio Tancredo Neves no bairro Caimbé, também em Boa Vista. “Os venezuelanos a quem servimos, a maioria dos quais são indígenas, têm várias necessidades, como alimentos, alojamento, serviços de saúde, trabalho e assistência legal”, disse a Clara dos Santos, missionária coordenadora da missão da Fraternidade em Roraima.

Os dois abrigos são coordenados pelo Coordenadoria Estadual de Defesa Civil, órgão do governo de Roraima que está liderando e organizando a resposta local. A PADF a Fraternidade irão trabalhar em estreita colaboração com a Defesa Civil, o Alto Comissariado das Nações Unidas para Refugiados (ACNUR) e outras agências e organizações internacionais e locais para garantir que os imigrantes e refugiados venezuelanos recebam os serviços que precisam.

A Fraternidade Federação Humanitária Internacional é uma organização de ajuda humanitária sem fins lucrativos, com base em Minas Gerais, que realiza missões humanitárias para servir aos mais necessitados no mundo. Desde novembro de 2016, tem fornecido serviços essenciais para venezuelanos morando em Roraima, como alimentos, alojamento, serviços de saúde, cursos, atividades recreativas e assistência de emprego.

A Fundação Pan-Americana para o Desenvolvimento é uma organização não governamental com sede em Washington, DC e escritório de representação no Brasil. Desde o seu estabelecimento pela Organização dos Estados Americanos (OEA) em 1962, a PADF tem trabalhado em todas as regiões da América Latina e do Caribe para ajudar as pessoas vulneráveis e excluídas, inclusive refugiados e imigrantes. A PADF já atendeu a milhares de pessoas deslocadas em países como a Colômbia, Haiti e Brasil.

A PADF e a Fraternidade agradecem a Defesa Civil e a ACNUR pela sua coordenação para fazer destes projetos uma realidade. Para mais informações, acesse o site www.padf.org/helpmigrants.

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Ambassador of Canada to Inaugurate Critical Services to Assist Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees

Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil (February 2, 2018) - The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Fraternidade International Humanitarian Federation are proud to welcome Ambassador Riccardo Savone to inaugurate two pressing humanitarian initiatives funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) that will assist Venezuelan refugees and migrants living in Brazil’s Roraima state.

Mr. Savone, the Ambassador of Canada to the Federative Republic of Brazil, will inaugurate a clinic and a school for Venezuelans refugees and migrants living at the Immigrant Reference Center in Boa Vista at ceremony on Monday, February 5 at 11 a.m. Mr. Savone will be accompanied by Captain Réal Brisson, Army, Navy, and Air Force Attaché, as well as Nadine Khoury, Second Secretary for Political and Public Affairs. The school and clinic were constructed from converted shipping containers. 

“Due to the worsening economic, political, and humanitarian situation in Venezuela, more than 30,000 Venezuelans have crossed the border into Roraima, searching for better conditions,” said Paulo Cavalcanti, PADF’s Country Representative in Brazil. “PADF is spearheading an international response to improve their quality of life, and we are grateful for Canada’s support to this initiative.”

The school and clinic, implemented by PADF, will serve primarily indigenous migrants and refugees at the shelter. The clinic will provide a private and sanitary location for doctors and nurses form government agencies and non-profit organizations to treat medical problems.

Meanwhile, the school will allow children to receive primary education and allow adults to receive language and workforce preparedness classes. Classes at the school will be led by volunteers from local NGO Fraternidade, the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR), and the Casa de los Niños, along with indigenous professors.

At the same time, Ambassador Savone will officially announce a new project with Fraternidade, also supported by PADF, to provide food and hygiene kits to more than 1,000 Venezuelans living at the Tancredo Neves Gymnasium in the Caimbé neighborhood, also in Boa Vista. “The Venezuelans we serve, the majority of whom are indigenous, have myriad needs such as food, housing, healthcare, employment, and legal assistance,” said Clara dos Santos, head of Fraternidade’s mission in Roraima. 

The two shelters are coordinated by the State Civil Defense Office of Coordination (CEDEC), the state government agency leading and organizing local response. PADF and Fraternidade will work in coordination with CEDEC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and local and international agencies and organizations to ensure Venezuelan migrants and refugees receive the services they need.

Fraternidade International Humanitarian Federation is non-profit humanitarian assistance organization based in Minas Gerais that sends humanitarian missions to serve the needy around the world. Since November 2016, it has been providing essential services for Venezuelans living in Roraima, such as meals, refuge, health services, recreational activities, and employment assistance.

The Pan American Development Foundation is a non-governmental organization with headquarters in Washington and a local office in Brazil. Since its founding by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962, PADF has worked across Latin America and the Caribbean to assist vulnerable and excluded individuals, including refugees and migrants. PADF has helped serve the needs of thousands of displaced people in Colombia, Haiti and Brazil.

PADF and Fraternidade thank CEDEC and UNHCR for coordinating to make these projects possible. For more information about this project, visit www.padf.org/helpmigrants

Canada and PADF to Improve Education, Medical Facilities in Brazilian Shelter Serving Displaced Venezuelans

Leia em português.

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2017)– The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced Thursday at a meeting of the Lima Group in Toronto that the Government of Canada and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will partner to improve education and medical facilities for Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the Brazilian state of Roraima.

In the wake of the political, economic and humanitarian crises in Venezuela, an estimated 30,000 Venezuelans have emigrated to Brazil, and the majority have settled in the northern state of Roraima. They urgently need shelter, medical care, education and other services. Thanks to Canada’s support, PADF will provide a school and a medical clinic to the state’s largest shelter, the Immigrant Reference Center, located in the state capital Boa Vista.

“Venezuelans fleeing poor conditions have sought refuge in Boa Vista,” said Luisa Villegas, Deputy Senior Programs Director of PADF. “However, local systems have been strained by the influx of recent arrivals. The new clinic and school will create private and dedicated spaces for learning and medical attention, serving hundreds of people displaced by the crisis in their home country.”

“We must continue to support the Venezuelan people – in the defense of their human rights, and in their basic human needs,” said Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada. “And in light of the fact that the effects of the crisis have spread beyond Venezuela’s borders, Canada will also provide approximately CAD $35,000 to improve health and education services provided to the 480 Venezuelans sheltered at the Immigrant Reference Center in Boa Vista, Brazil.”

Facilities provided by PADF will be complete with modern amenities, classroom materials and medical supplies. The current shelter space has been converted from a gymnasium to a shelter and lacks dedicated medical and educational space.

The Immigrant Reference Center is operated by missionary volunteers from Fraternidade – International Humanitarian Federation. It is the largest shelter in Roraima and currently provides housing to 480 Venezuelan refugees and migrants, approximately three quarters of whom are indigenous. About half are under age 18. The school and clinic are two of the Center’s many needs given the influx of newcomers requiring assistance.

This assistance is part of PADF’s larger effort to respond to the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis in Brazil. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the Organization of American States, PADF is leading an international campaign to assist local institutional institutions and relief efforts and has launched a campaign to raise US$100,000 to support local shelters and displaced Venezuelans through contributions from government institutions, foundations, philanthropists and individuals.

For more information about this project, visit www.padf.org/helpmigrants