Our September 13th Reception Center was celebrating its second anniversary. The place was a space of spontaneous occupation, where 50 families lived in situation of extreme vulnerability and without any assistance. Today, with the management of the FWB, through the UNHCR, and the assistance of Welcome Operation, it has become a model! It has a lot of shadow from trees planted by the sheltered, a structure with community kitchens, and shared management with the community. The celebration had cake, participation of partner agencies, and the most important: the people that is so dedicated to the center. The desire is to say “more years to come”, but it is better to say “may the welcoming space provide everyone who lives in it the opportunity for a new beginning”.
How can you not be thrilled about this! Anthony Goméz, 20, lives in the September 13 Reception Center in Boa Vista, Roraima. He came to Brazil with his cousin. Together they made the 200km trip, 140km on foot. The soccer shoe that he has doesn't fit on his foot, but he can't change it now, because everything he earns he sends to his mother and his two brothers that stayed in Venezuela. Even so, being accepted and being the only Venezuelan in the Santa Luzia team in Roraima, for him, is already a great achievement. In the last days, he won a little gift
We were present in three of the eight days of Boa Vista Junina, a traditional national festivities on the month of June, open to the public of the municipality, with an exhibition stand, for the sheltered that willingly offer to sell their products. The indigenous Venezuelan refugees and migrants of the E'ñepa ethnic group have never participated in an event as big as this one. Our work with the ethnic group started right at the beginning of the year, with a slow approach and gaining their trust, through meetings with the leaders.
The Pricumã Reception Center has the capacity to receive up to 1,200 people, and today we have about 1,050 inmates. Always thinking of welcoming and integrate, the team prepared a typical Brazilian festivity, with corn cake, soft drinks, traditional June festivities decoration and lots of games. These moments of joy and fraternization make the environment lighter, more hopeful, and full of high spirits, so that they can go on seeking a better future. There is no need to comment on how much they loved it, right?
and today we are accomplishing this, delivering the certificates of completion of the Portuguese Language Course so that it can open the doors to a new life, to work opportunities, because you deserve it. I know that each one of you has a different story, that each one of you has been struggling", said Cristian celebrating the graduation of another Portuguese Language Course class.
Of the 30 students who enrolled, only three dropped out. The course was made possible through the partnership with Dream without Frontiers, a group of volunteers who give distance learning classes.
Coordinator of the Training and Reference Center in Pacaraima
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