This month we are going to expand our current visa support program and start a subsidies scheme to help migrants and refugees have their undergraduate and graduate degrees formally recognized by Peruvian authorities. This will allow them to apply to qualified job opportunities and improve their livelihoods. In turn, through their qualified work and skills, they will benefit the local society of which they are now part.
Moreover, at AGTR we have been working to keep supporting Venezuelan migrants during the ongoing pandemic. As you know, although most restrictions have been lifted, the situation is far from being back to normal. The pandemic came when migrants and refugees had just left their country of origin and were trying to start over in Peru. Most of them lost their jobs, were unable to make a living during the quarantine and are still struggling to recover. They were not included in any of the economic relief funds implemented by the Peruvian government and have very limited access to healthcare.
During the past few months, we were able to provide over 300 Venezuelan migrants and refugees (and their families) with food baskets and essential goods. We are now almost ready to start a new round of deliveries, this time including sanitary material, such as face masks and hydroalcoholic gel, in the baskets.
Together, we can reach more and more vulnerable migrants and refugees who need our help to get through this rough times. Thank you for your support!