Reference center for refugees and migrants to be inaugurated in Manaus this Sunday

CARE Project brings together services of the public network, international organizations and civil society to serve people of different nationalities in situation of vulnerability

Manaus, December 14, 2018 – Next Sunday (December 16) the CARE Project (Center for Support and Reference to Refugees and Migrants) will be open from 8 am to 1 pm for its official inauguration at the Development Center of Manaus, Av. Maués 120 – Cachoeirinha. Throughout the morning, 500 basic food baskets will be distributed to Venezuelan families living in the city, who will also be able to enjoy free health care and graffiti workshops with the artist Raiz Campos.

This project is an achievement of ADRA Brasil Regional Amazonas in partnership with the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the European Union and the City of Manaus. CARE services will be provided by various partners, such as the Public Defender’s Office (DPU), Telecon Sans Frontiere, Cáritas Arquiodicesana de Manaus, the Municipal Secretary for Women, Social Assistance and Citizenship (SEMMASC), the Department of Human Rights Federal Police, among others.

Free international calls, legal counseling, shelter request scheduling, psychological counseling, curriculum translation and Portuguese lessons are some of the services available at CARE to meet, as of December 17, the population of refugees and immigrants living in Manaus.

According to the Federal Police, more than 70,000 Venezuelans have already applied for recognition of refugee status in Brazil, of which 8,000 are registered in Manaus. It is estimated that 3 million Venezuelans have already left their country of origin since 2015. In Brazil, authorities report the arrival of almost 200,000 Venezuelans in 2017 and 2018. Approximately 100,000 left, indicating that around 98,400 remain in the country.

Art and Refuge

In an activity open to the public, refugee applicants and manauaras will participate in graphite workshops and with the artist Raiz Campos. The collective action will give forms, colors and life to the 210 square meters outside the wall of the Reference Center. Throughout the morning, Venezuelans and people will be together sharing experiences while CARE’s other activities take place.

A day of health and beauty

Several experts volunteered to assist immigrants and refugees free of charge during the opening of the project. Among the available services are: dental care, check-up with nursing professionals, clinical care, massage, eyebrow design, and haircut.