Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees

by The Trust for the Americas
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Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees
Enabling Opportunities for 50 Venezuelan Refugees

 

 

Dear friends, 

 

First of all, we would like to thank you for the tremendous support you have provided us during this time. Thanks to your help, we have continued our mission of helping the lives of vulnerable communities across the region, improving their knowledge of digital skills, and bridging the digital divide. At the time, we have directly trained more than 15.000 individuals, and our contents have been visualized more than 700.000 times. We aim to continue serving those in need in the region and continue generating educational and economic opportunities. 

 

Since the beginning of the social and economic crisis in Venezuela, we have focused on incorporating the Venezuelan migrant population into our programs, considering their vulnerable situation and the barriers they face to obtaining jobs and opportunities, which also affect their capacity to integrate with their host communities. As you have witnessed in previous posts, our programs have served several Venezuelan migrants, and we aim to further work in this direction.

 

In this sense, we are happy to announce the recent alliance between The Trust for the Americas, in collaboration with Ernst & Young (EY), and our network of partners, which will implement EY Future Skills Workshops for POETA DigiSpark local partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay.

 

The core objective of this new grant will be to empower POETA DigiSpark local partners to provide 21st-century skills training to teachers and beneficiaries (ages 16 and over) from vulnerable communities. It will offer seven chapters, including financial education, entrepreneurship, and emerging technologies, among others, which will equip beneficiaries with digital, technical, and job skills they need to be aligned with the necessities of local employers. Our participants will develop mindsets, approaches, and skills that will help them to navigate and architect a changing world.

 

Teaching will begin in August and go on until October. We will provide 14 sessions of training, seven in Spanish and seven in Portuguese, plus two training of trainers workshops through The Trust’s Microsoft Community Training (MCT) Platform (Capacitate), an online educational platform donated by Microsoft. We expect this program will have around 12.000 participants and benefit a total of 22.000, among them many Venezuelan migrants and other vulnerable groups.

 

We can´t wait to share with you all the success stories this alliance will bring to our beneficiaries. Once again, this would not be possible without your help.

 

Thank you very much!

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Dear colleagues,

As we continue to grow and advance in the economic and social inclusion of the most vulnerable populations in the Americas, we have come to realize how fortunate we are to count on the permanent support of our local partners and you. Your genuine commitment to our cause has allowed us to reach meaningful results.

As you already might know, Venezuela remains in a perplexing socio-economic and humanitarian situation that has forced millions of hard-working Venezuelans out of their countries in pursuit of better opportunities. We recognize the sacrifice and the courage that leaving one's country requires. Therefore, our POETA centers keep lending these people a hand to ease their challenges and make them thrive in their host communities. Thanks to your help, we've given training in crucial skills of the 21st-century economy such as digital and entrepreneurial skills to hundreds of Venezuelan migrants. As we celebrate Women's Month, we want to highlight the story of Yasmin, a Venezuelan woman and migrant who is an example of our far-reaching achievements.

"Deciding to migrate was not easy" she explained. Yasmin and her family arrived in Colombia with many insecurities. Arriving in a new place without being able to exercise your profession, where it is impossible to find a permanent job, the only option left is to create entrepreneurship, which is a risky but courageous move. Thus, Yasmin and her sister started their own cake shop business, Yexi's Cakes, in Venezuela. However, their hobby became their primary source of income in Medellín. The training that Yasmin received was crucial to boost her venture. From WhatsApp Business to selling on social media platforms, the training allowed them to expand their business and better know the wants and needs of their clients. Just like that, we further empowered two strong women and strengthened them in crucial skills that will make them confident and prepared for the following steps to take.

Although the donations we have been receiving are going at a low pace, our efforts and communications campaigns remain committed to keep changing the lives of more Venezuelans, so we reiterate that your support remains crucial to achieving our goals.

In 2021, we came to master the hybrid-model operations, but we never stopped learning. Every day, we continue to grasp the best practices to keep improving and providing the best services to the beneficiaries of our POETA centers. As we continue to grow in centers and countries, the impact on Venezuelan migrants and refugees also increases, so we are honored to keep counting on your support always!

We are beyond enthusiastic to see what 2022 will bring is us because, indeed, "we have achieved a lot, and we are coming for more."

Thank YOU!

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Mariangela
Mariangela

Hello friends,

Thank you so much for your support throughout the year. Thanks to your contributions, in 2021 we were able to expand our POETA skilling program to support migrants and refugees in Chile, Colombia, and Brazil.

We want to share with you the success story of Mariangela:

Mariangela(27) is aVenezuelan migrant who moved to Chile looking for better opportunities. Due to economic constraints brought by COVID-19, Mariangela was concernedaboutfindinga job after graduating from herundergrad studiesin Industrial Engineering. Indeed, limited job opportunities led Angela to move from Talca, a small city in Chile, to Santiago, where she came across CDI Chile and its reskilling and upskilling POETA program.

At the CDI Center, Mariangela enrolled in POETADigiSpark, where she took classes in Digital Marketing, Customer Service, and Tools for the Workplace. She heard about the Data AnalysisBootcamp and, although a bit hesitant, decided to enroll.At first, Mariangela was intimidated by the content of theBootcamp, but thanks to the close mentorship and encouragement from CDI Chile’s facilitators, she overcame her fears and enrolled in theBootcamp. 

 Atthe Bootcamp, Mariangela improved her Excel skills and learned how to use Tableau. She also learned how to use Zoom and Microsoft Teams, which she now uses on a daily basis. “Thanks to my experience in theBootcamp, I realized I am able to overcome any challenge I may face.” she shares.Upon completing the Data Analysis Bootcamp,Mariangela was able to secure a job as a Data Analysis Mentor at CDI Chile and is currently guiding participantsfrom theBootcamp cohorts. In the future, Mariangela wants to continue developing hermentoringskills and train students on data analysis.

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Dear friends,

Thanks to your constant support, we have managed to impact hundreds of Venezuelan migrants across the Americas. This 2021, we continue to expand our efforts to keep summing more beneficiaries.

As the region advances with the vaccination process, we will move to a hybrid format imparting training from both, our POETA Centers, and our virtual platforms and tools. We have come a long way, reflected on the real needs of our region to tailor our programs, and learned best practices to keep enhancing our efforts. Egdelix is a great example of what we have accomplished thanks to our local partners and to you.

Egdelix is a Venezuelan migrant that arrived in Medellin, Colombia in the pursuit of better opportunities. From the first day, Egdelix and her husband, two hard-working people, started working to improve their situation, during that time her husband learned carpentry, and with just one saw, they started their business, the carpentry “La Vencedora”. Thanks to the technical skills learned through our POETA DigiSpark program courses, Egdelix and her husband were able to boost their business in the midst of a pandemic, became known in their locality, and managed to attract more customers with their new website. She told us “now, not only I can meet my goals, but also I can project myself into the future”. For us as The Trust for the Americas, it is very gratifying to hear these words, because everyone can achieve it, it just takes that little push to learn something new to open many new doors.

Moreover, we are looking forward to continuing to increase our numbers through our World Refugee Day campaign, in which we will give special emphasis to stories like Egdelix's and highlight the great need that Venezuelans have to hold access to opportunities such as the POETA DigiSpark training. Thus, we will get more funds and impact more Venezuelans who leave their country due to the sad and unsustainable situation they are going through.

We have great hope in the region and every day our team is more committed to continuing to develop training and mentoring for millions of people who are looking for a second chance in life. Every day, technical skills become more important as the future of work approaches and we have realized that the time to form multi-sector alliances and work for others is now. We must work all together to guarantee an inclusive post-COVID recovery. In this sense, it fills us with joy to be able to continue counting on you because it is because of YOU that all this is possible.

Kind wishes, 

 

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Dear Friends,

First of all, we want to thank you for your constant support throughout all these years. The Trust for the Americas is continuously working to promote social and economic inclusion for vulnerable communities in the Americas together with our local partners.

As you might know, Venezuela is going through a convoluted political and economic crisis that has resulted in an unsustainable situation for many. For those who have left to seek more optimal opportunities, we have been able to extend our hand and help them with our projects, which would not be possible without you. Thanks to your support, we've been able to provide training in digital and employability skills to +225 Venezuelan refugees through the POETA Social Franchise in the first half of 2020. Lorena is an example of our work and commitment.

Lorena is a 22-year-old Venezuelan woman that arrived last year in Buenos Aires and began working as a waitress in a bar, but shortly after, she was fired due to the pandemic. Lorena started looking for opportunities when a friend introduced her to the App Development curse of POETA DigiSpark. She used the training to enhance her entrepreneurship by creating an app from scratch. All the tools gave her a lot of self-criticism and self-learning abilities. Lorena developed that feeling of self-improvement and registered for the CV development course, which helped her to find a job in the call center of Banco Santander. She told us: "There is a clear before and after. In the future, I would like to be the director of a startup that develops applications that are accessible to all and that have social purposes". Lorena's mission is clear, to create to help, and this attitude gives more meaning to our projects and drives us to grow and always desire more.

Another achievement is that we were able to secure +$ 1,500 through the World Refugee Week campaign. We carried out a strong crowdfunding campaign through email, social media, and live interviews on Facebook with Venezuelan refugee graduates from our projects.

COVID-19 significantly impacted our POETA centers' operations, which were forced to gradually transition from an in-person to an online training strategy. All the changes, the new platforms, and the new way of coping with reality motivated The Trust and its local partners to increase the use and appropriation of technology by teachers to further develop life, technical and digital skills of the vulnerable populations they serve. Lorena is an example that no matter the circumstances and no matter the difficulties, there is always room to help others and that with compromise, we can achieve big things.

While we look forward to the time when our local partners can safely open their POETA Centers, we continue to invest our efforts in improving the project model, developing a robust online training and mentorship program as a strategy that promises to reach an ever-increasing number of participants and give more Venezuelans in the region a second chance to shine. We are happy to keep counting on your support and continue impacting lives together.

Thank YOU!

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