Roraima Humanitarian Mission

Bandeira BrasilDate: since November 2016
Place: Boa Vista andPacaraima, Roraima

The Roraima Humanitarian Mission is a response to the crisis that has led thousands of Venezuelans to cross the border into Brazil. It became a permanent initiative when the real extent of the refugee situation was identified.

Volunteer missionaries provide humanitarian aid to Venezuelan migrants and refugees, including indigenous peoples, especially the Warao and E’ñepa ethnic groups.

The Fraternity – Humanitarian (FFHI), in partnership with the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), and several international organizations and agencies, act in this humanitarian response by serving more than 2,000 people daily in the shelters under its management.

The basic principle of the refugee support structure for the Fraternity – Humanitarian (FFHI) is the relief 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 Accommodation of Manaus (ATM).
  • The focus is the action with the indigenous refugees, which is the most vulnerable population in this situation of humanitarian crisis.
  • Support in the provision of food services, basic health, shelter, education, conflict management and protection.
  • Development of art-education activities in emergency situations for children and adolescents, which, through recreational 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 protective cases. About 50% of the shelter population is made up of children.
  • Development and management of livelihood 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, RR.

Jardim Floresta

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

Janokoida

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

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 of age. Boa Vista, RR.

Tancredo Neves

Boa Vista, RR.

Follow the Mission

Timeline

Learn about some milestones of the performance in The Roraima Mission

2016

First institution to arrive in Boa Vista to offer aid to Venezuelan migrants.

2016-2017

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

2017

It starts a partnership with UNHCR and, as an implementing partner, it assumes the management of non-indigenous shelters Tancredo Neves and Nova Canaã, in addition to the indigenous shelters Pintolância and Janokoida.

2018

It starts a partnership with UNICEF for the implementation of the Education project "The Common Good". It is part of the federal government's response, "Operação Acolhida."

2019

It assumes the management of the Transit Accommodation in Manaus (ATM) as part of the Interiorization Program, developed by Operação Acolhida. Starts the WASH project in partnership with UNICEF.

2020

It was invited by the Operação Acolhida and by UNHCR to assume the humanitarian response in all the Indigenous shelters in the State of Roraima.

2021

It operates within the management of 5 indigenous shelters in Roraima and in the Manaus Temporary Lodging.