The POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas) Program, empowers Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Latin America by providing digital, entrepreneurial and technical skills training to access employment or start small businesses. Besides fostering the creation of support networks to access local resources to improve the integration in receiving communities; the POETA Program also identifies assistance for legal, employment, educational, and health matters.
The UN forecasts a total of 6.5 million displaced Venezuelans by the end of 2020. Venezuelan migrants and refugees tend to be easy targets of violence, human trafficking, discrimination, and human rights violations. Therefore, making them one of the most vulnerable groups in the Americas. Their highest priority is finding formal sector economic opportunities for families to be safe, have shelter, food, and financial independence.
By providing essential life and employability skills, migrants will be better prepared to access economic opportunities such as obtaining a job or creating their businesses; thus, achieving the so needed financial self-sufficiency. Furthermore, the POETA Program generates understanding and collaboration between Venezuelan refugees and receiving communities through inclusive and safe spaces and human rights and prevention of xenophobia workshops.
After three years of implementation, displaced Venezuelan will be integrated into host communities as economically independent families contributing to economic prosperity. Many migrants and underserved people will have upgraded their skills.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).