Who are we

We are an organization that aims to support Venezuelan immigrants and aims to help them insert themselves, with dignity, into Brazilian society. We operate through three axes: Digital platform for job intermediation; Encouraging entrepreneurial initiatives to generate income and; Business structuring for job creation.

 

Main goal

Promote initiatives to welcome and improve the quality of life of Venezuelan immigrants, through their insertion in the local labor market and the promotion of their dignity as human beings.

 

Specific objectives

  1. Mediate with companies opportunities for the insertion of Venezuelan labor as a qualified alternative to meet market demands;

  2. Support entrepreneurial initiatives for income generation;

  3. Hold events and social actions aimed at the Venezuelan community;

  4. Maintain a website for interaction with the Venezuelan community in Manaus, offering a curriculum registration service, creation of a curriculum database to meet the demands of companies and others interested in providing a place for Venezuelan refugees;

  5. Contribute to the improvement of life through decent work;

  6. Emmergencial support and Protection activities to guarantee their live conditions in Brazil. 

 

Justification

Due to the situation in Venezuela, where social, economic and political difficulties have endured, there has recently been an intensification of the flow of Venezuelans who leave that country in search of better living conditions. Because Manaus is connected by roads with Venezuela, it has proved to be a destination for many of these immigrants.

Historically, Manaus has welcomed people from various countries who come here to seek opportunities and improve the quality of life, and here they settle contributing to the economic growth and cultural enrichment of this city. These are peoples who have earned their dignity through work in order to live and establish themselves here. The arrival of immigrants to Manaus dates back to the period of colonization, with the Amazon being disputed by Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French and other European nations. The rubber cycle was marked by the strong presence of the Lebanese English, Portuguese, Jews and Syrians. In the 30s of the last century, the Japanese arrived, bequeathing, among so many contributions, the culture of jute, mauve, black pepper. With the Manaus Free Trade Zone, the presence of foreigners in the city became a common fact, with more Japanese coming to the two-wheel industry, Koreans to the electronics industry, among others. In mid-2010, with the tragedy in Haiti, the city welcomed a large number of Haitians, who settled in Manaus, reinforcing its welcoming vocation to receive different peoples.

 

Since 2017, the presence of the Venezuelan population in Manaus has increased significantly, and in mid-2018 it had already received more than 8,800 Venezuelans, and in April 2019, estimates indicate something around 18,000 Venezuelans.  

 

Manaus continues to receive many immigrants from Venezuela, people who are forced to leave everything behind and walk an uncertain path with their families in our city, with a different language and culture. Among these people, many qualified and with diverse backgrounds and experiences, such as doctors, engineers, teachers, nurses, business administrators, psychologists, willing to rise through work, and open to new opportunities and experiences.

In the current Brazilian scenario, also with economic difficulties, in which unemployment is a serious problem, how to offer opportunities for these Venezuelan immigrants, promoting dignity and human development?

Seeking to respond to this challenge, the project was born.

How the project was born

“Because I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink; I was a foreigner, and you took me in; I was naked, and you dressed me; I got sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to see me.

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you? or thirsty, and we gave you a drink? And when did we see you abroad, and host you? or naked, and do we dress you? And when did we see you sick, or in prison, and we went to see you?

In truth, I tell you, how many times you did it to one of these little brothers, you did it to me. ”

Jesus (Matthew, 25: 35-40)

At first, he sought to get closer to groups of Venezuelans, shelters and accompanying some families, seeking to understand the real and immediate needs. Subsequently, specific aid initiatives were carried out, mobilizing friends to collect and distribute food, clothing and household items, support for health treatment, assistance in obtaining their own sustenance (sale of water, chocolates, dindins), in the preparation and distribution of resumes, reaching some jobs in this way.

These experiences strengthened the desire to do more for these people.

This strengthened the desire to do more for these people. Using own resources and experiences in voluntary and social actions, knowledge was sought for the construction of this project, connecting ideas, people, institutions, catalyzing concrete and possible initiatives. Aligning the initiatives with the Sustainable Development Goals, this project was born, aimed at meeting the needs of the least favored, and committed to building a better world.

 

"We are living in a phenomenal era. If we can spend the first decades of the 21st century looking for approaches that meet the needs of the less fortunate, with means that generate profits and recognition for business, we will find a sustainable model to reduce poverty in the world. The task is open. It will never end. But a passionate effort to respond to this challenge will help to change the world. I am excited to be a part of it. "

Bill Gates,
World Economic Forum, January 24, 2008, Davos, Switzerland
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What the project consists of

Three axes aimed at inserting Venezuelan immigrants in the labor market: Digital platform for labor intermediation; Encouraging entrepreneurial initiatives to generate income and; Structuring of sustainable businesses to generate jobs.

Digital platform for labor intermediation

Hermanitos Site: Site that aims to be a platform for labor intermediation for immigrants, registering resumes, building a bank of professionals and making it available to the market. Its main differentials are:

  • Intermediation of labor;

  • The reception and integration of Venezuelan immigrants;

  • Bilingual website with features specially developed for the inclusion of immigrants;

  • It aims to become a reference to the Venezuelan community;

  • It will offer information, services, thematic campaigns, catalyzing social and assistance initiatives;

  • In addition to other activities seeking greater interaction with the Venezuelan community in Manaus.

 

Incentive to entrepreneurial initiatives for income generation

Espaço Coworking Hermanitos (Hub): Space to stimulate creative ideas for income generation, incentive to professionals and entrepreneurship. Will offer:

  • Shared work space, with internet access, virtual mailing address, meeting room and training room;

  • Encouraging entrepreneurial and professional initiatives;

  • Creation of a work network;

  • Guidance for the constitution of MEI and issuing of Invoice;

  • Promote access to microcredit lines, in the construction of innovative and integrative business models.

 

The values ​​that move us

  • Development of the being in its multiple aspects;

  • Believing in human beings, their potential and their capacity to overcome;

  • Experience of Universal and Christian Love;

  • Ethics and Transparency: in management, in the relationship with people, partners and other institutions;

  • Solidarity: Understand the need of the other and act with empathy and fraternity;

  • Justice: Promote equity and defend human rights;

  • Compassion: pious feeling for the personal tragedy of others and the desire to lessen it;

  • Motivation: Perform with enthusiasm and joy.

Our Beliefs

  • Love of neighbor as a way of approaching God;

  • To perceive the other, as a brother in humanity;

  • Go to the other to help and welcome him;

  • To be touched and to touch the other through brotherly love;

  • Act in a supportive and altruistic manner, doing to others what you would like to be done to yourself;

  • Good practice as an opportunity to become a better human being.

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