To recognize the challenging work with Venezuelan refugees entering and resettling in the country, the Brazilian Government awarded AVSI the “Amigo da Acolhida” (“Friend of Welcome”). The award was created to thank all partners involved in Operation Welcome, an initiative to operationalize the emergency assistance to receive migrants from Venezuela, who are in vulnerable situations, in Brazil. AVSI has been working in the Northeastern State of Roraima for a year, managing shelters that receive and assist hundreds of Venezuelans arriving daily to escape the humanitarian crisis in their country.
"I believe it was a fair tribute to agencies and organizations that are part of Operation Welcome and to all the people who dedicate themselves daily to Venezuelans refugees,” said Heli Mansur, AVSI Brasil Manager in Roraima, when he received the diploma. “I’m very honored and proud to receive this award on behalf of AVSI, which has an important role here."
How many girls around the world can’t read this article? More than you’d think. Figures are striking and devastating. 130 million girls didn’t go to school today. If it were a country, it would be the tenth largest one. Among the 758 million illiterate, 2/3 are women. Girls are still 1.5 times more likely than boys to be excluded from primary education, and by 2016, less than half of all countries had achieved gender parity in education at secondary level. To tackle and overcome the complex global barriers to getting more girls in schools, and to provide them with the required skills to enter the workforce, the leading think-tank Friends of Europe organized the collective brainstorm “Educating Girls”. The interactive event happened on February 27, in Brussels, and among its panelist was Bangio Ali, Education Officer with AVSI Kenya.
“Education is the only thing that can make you a better person, and through education, you can also help other girls in your community,” said Bangio during her presentation.
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