HUMANITARIAN RORAIMA MISSION

Bandeira BrasilDate: Since November 2016
Place: Boa Vista and Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil.

The Roraima Humanitarian Mission is a response to the crisis which caused thousands of Venezuelans to cross the border into Brazil. It became a permanent initiative when the real extent of the refugee situation were recognized.

In 2016, the Humanitarian Fraternity (FIHF) began the care of the immigrant population, at first coordinating with the local government and later, from August 2017 to December 2021, acting as implementing partner of the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR).

Since 2018, it has been part of Operation Welcome, the humanitarian response of the Brazilian federal government in the face of the Venezuelan crisis, and carried out by the Brazilian Army in the State of Roraima.

As from January of 2022, it has gone on to manage the Indigenous Cultural and Training Center in partnership with Operation Welcome. Besides the initiatives for training the refugee and immigrant population, the Roraima Humanitarian Mission will continue with service support of those most in need, always holding as a basic principle the alleviation of pain and the rescue of human dignity.

Activities

  • Management of 1 shelter in Pacaraima, 4 shelters in the city of Boa Vista and the Transit Lodging of Manaus (TLM).
  • The focus is the action with the indigenous refugees, which are the most vulnerable populations in this situation of humanitarian crisis.
  • Support in the provision of food services, basic health, sheltering, education, conflict management and protection.
  • Development of art-education activities in emergency situations for children and adolescents, which, through playful educational activities, aims at reducing the trauma caused by forced displacement, as well as the provision of a safe space for the detection and prevention of of cases which require protection. About 50% of the shelter population is made up of children.
  • Development and management of livelihood and durable solution projects, valuing and preserving the indigenous culture.

SHELTERS IN RORAIMA

Pintolândia

Reception and protection of indigenous refugees from the Warao ethnic group. It accommodates about 590 people, of whom an average of 310 are children.
Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil.

Jardim Floresta

Reception and protection of indigenous refugees, mainly those of the Warao and E’ñepa ethnic groups. It has been in operation since December 2020. It accommodates around 450 people, of whom 220 are children. Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil.

Janokoida

Reception and protection of Indigenous Venezuelans of the Warao ethnic group. It accommodates about 390 people, of whom around 200 are children. Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil.

Nova Canaã

It was reactivated to specifically take care of indigenous Venezuelan refugees. It accommodates around 300 people, of whom about 45% are under 18 years old. Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil.

Tancredo Neves

Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil.

Follow the Mission

Timeline

Learn about some milestones of the performance in the Humanitarian Roraima Mission

2016

First institution to arrive in Boa Vista to provide assistance to Venezuelan migrants.

2016-2017

The management of the Pintolândia shelter begins for indigenous and non-indigenous people in Boa Vista, in partnership with SETRABES and civil defense.

2017

The management of the Pintolândia shelter begins and, as an implementing partner the mission, it assumes the management of non-indigenous shelters Tancredo Neves and Nova Canaã, in addition to the indigenous shelters Pintolância and Janokoida.

2018

The partnership with the UNICEF for the implementation of the education project "The Common Good". The mission takes part of the federal government's response the Operation Welcome.

2019

The management of the Transit Lodging of Manaus (TLM) is took over by the mission, as part of the Internalization Program, developed by Operation Welcome. Starts the WASH (water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion) project in partnership with the UNICEF.

2020

It was invited by the Operation Welcome and by the UNHCR to assume the humanitarian response in all the indigenous shelters in the state of Roraima, Brazil.

2021

It operates within the management of 5 indigenous shelters in Roraima, Brazil and and in the Transit Lodging of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

December 2021 – Closing of activities in the partnership with UNHCR