There are currently over 11,000 recognised refugees, 36% of whom are Syrian, in Brazil. Meanwhile, last year there were over 80,000 requests for refugee status. This growth is largely due to the Venezuelan crisis, which has seen millions flee into neighbouring countries, putting Brazil on the front line of a global refugee crisis. These refugees need support to get back on their feet in Brazil; to find work, they need to have their qualifications recognised and, crucially, learn Portuguese.
We offer free language classes, the first step to refugees' integration. We also provide legal assistance and are the only NGO in Brazil, in partnership with UNHCR, working to revalidate refugees' degrees for use here. We then have a team helping refugees find work; partnering with employers to offer training and jobs, and developing CVs. We underpin this with general support offered through a social worker. All of this works together to help refugees build independent lives in Brazil.
The project will teach 265 refugees Portuguese over one year, equipping them to work and live independently. We have one class exclusively for women so they are able to learn in a comfortable environment if they prefer this to a mixed class. We will offer skills training to at least 40 students, in partnership with employers. All of this empowers refugees to work in Brazil and live independently. As they work to achieve this, we offer 50 food parcels per month to the families in most need.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).