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MEET TO ACT: HOSPITALITY AND HOST COMMUNITIES

Youth network movement to materialize the hospitality culture with people on the move in the day by day practices.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

The migration flow of Venezuela, is the consequence of the economic and social crisis. Now a days 5.000 Venezuelans are leaving the country every day to find a better life. It is the phenomenon with the biggest impact in America Latina and Caribe. The most relevant fact of this migratory flow is that most of the people that are leaving Venezuela is young (from 15-25) they belong to marginal and high vulnerability context. As Venezuela has been traditionally a hosting country for the Latin-American and European migrants, they don’t have in their imaginary the hard conditions of a migrant leaving the country. So the human conditions of the journey and the integration in the hosting countries are much worse than in other migration flows as they are not prepared. At the end of 2019, it will be a total of 5 million venezuelan migrants. Colombia and Ecuador host the most, summing up the 50.2% of them, being Colombia a transitional country and Ecuador the hosting country. This Project presented to the Bridge Builder focus in three countries: Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. Every migration implies the risk of the journey and the risk of integration, it has a double victimization: the person is expulse from their territory and being discriminated and rejected in the new country for an unjustified fear. Without a doubt, it is a great regional challenge, to accompany, welcome and integrate all these people. The project has the objective to consolidate the youth network movement for the promotion of hosting that promotes solutions to the specific challenges of the migrant people in the hosting communities of these three countries. It is an initiative of group mobilization formed by young people from different origins (migrants and locals) with different socio-economic characteristics that get in touch plan together and raise awareness and training activities in the three geographic areas to promote the hospitality, solidarity and reconciliation culture.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The project will be developed in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador, in their border regions. In Venezuela we will work in ‘El Táchira’, Colombia in ‘Departamento Norte de Santander’ and ‘Departamento Cundinamarca’ and in Ecuador in ‘Provincia del Carchi’ and Provincia de Pichincha’. The borders are where many migrants stay, and that makes the borders become places where violations of rights are experienced and more situations of discrimination and xenophobia are given.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

It builds a bridge through the innovation of working with local and migrant youth in the origin, transitional and hosting countries. They will have to work together to identify, integrate and promote local activities, building together different communities that have one thing in common: their values. This will empower the communities with hospitality and solidarity confronting the hostility and discrimination that suffers migrants and equipping their hosting communities.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The idea goes beyond covering the basic needs, it empowers the hope and dignity of the local and migrant youth. The need we will fight for the protection and recognition of human rights and dignity. Every process of migration impact in people and society, the forced migration make deep cuts in an individual and collective level. Xenophobia and discrimination are indicators of shortcomings in society that doesn’t recognize the interculturality as a value. So it builds a process of reconciliation for migrants but also for the fear and thoughts of the local youth. They will have a process of raising awareness and group training through the diagnosis of local realities, virtual training and planning local actions. Second they will develop coordinated activities all together (locals and migrants) to materialize the process of integration. And a third phase of promoting these activities in different communities forming a powerful tool for transforming the reality through concrete actions.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

In the current context, xenophobic actions are becoming notorious, as they end up building walls of prejudice against those who come from other countries. That is why we believe in the real impact of our project as it pursues actions that promote hospitality and a culture of peace in everyday life. The promotion of Hospitality as a process of cultural construction demands the involvement of the greatest number of people from different and diverse sectors of our society. Young people have the creativity, flexibility and energy to drive the cultural transformation process we are seeking. For this reason we focus on the consolidation of a networked youth movement for the promotion of hospitality in action. A youth movement in network to promote hospitality practices in different places of the continent represents a force of transformation of the reality from concrete actions that are multiplying and making visible.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Our aim is to consolidate ‘Meet to act’ to promote hospitality through direct action initiatives carried out by host young communities and migrants. We know the importance of the participation of the ones who are migrating and in particular of the youngest inside the communities, the reality can only change if it is transformed in group. Through the project the work will be developed with the youth, its essential to achieve and consolidate practices that transform the people, groups, communities and society in its whole. ‘Meet to act’ identifies, integrates and promote local actions, it invites the youngest to think of new creative solutions to the conflicts that they see, making them feel as a part of the change. The Hospitality is a door to the process of reconciliation, not only for the scars of the young migrants, but also for the fears and thoughts of the young locals.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The communities live in border regions, in which the transit of migrants is high and the situation is: Estado Táchira is one of the most traveled. This region has a high percentage of unmet basic needs and insecurity. Norte de Santander is popularly named as the forgotten city by the government, it is only visible to speak about Venezuela migrants, it has multiple social problems and a high percentage of unemployment and poverty. Is similar in Cundimarca, in which there is poverty and violence.In both Carchi and Pichincha the socio-economic situation is unstable. The situation of the young migrants is very precarious they have more difficulty to find safe spaces that protect their dignity and human rights. The instability increase the discrimination and xenophobia as they blame the migrant for the situation they suffer and this is always reinforced by the media. This is why it is so important to raise awareness and prepare them to be supportive and hospital with the reality.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

‘Meet to act’ is a project that empower the communities consolidating a youth network movement in promotion of hospitality in action that implements various initiatives to promote solutions. It take advantage of the community strengths as it uses the initiatives that the groups already have to promote culture of hospitality in their communities, it recognizes them and promote their local processes. Also, it create spaces of protection and promotion that allows to all of them establish strategies to act in their realities and find solutions, they are all sensitive and solidaries with the realities that are different to them. It has a look of upgrading the actions to reach a bigger range and work beyond the local level.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Entreculturas has different partners depending on the working area. Our main partners in these countries are three: Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador, Latin American Federation of the Society of Jesus (FLACSI) and Fe y Alegria International Federation. JRS has 34 years of experience in accompanying displaced persons and refugees in the region, The Jesuit Network of Migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean (SJM LAC) has been working with forced migrants for decades in 19 countries in this geographical area; FLACSI, from its Youth for Hospitality process, has more than three years of experience in mobilizing youth groups around the reality of migration and the last one, Fe y Alegría has long experience in the accompaniment of community and youth processes from the perspective of popular education. Currently, it mobilizes the Generation 21 Network, the goal of which is to help students become agents of change within their own communities and countries

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)

Group or Organization Name

Entreculturas Foundation

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

ntreculturas is a development NGO, which believes in education as a key tool to build a fair and sustainable world. We promote cooperation projects to contribute to the development of the most vulnerable countries, we work on educational proposals that promote values ​​such as solidarity or equal rights and participate in awareness-raising and political advocacy actions to remind both citizens and political representatives , its responsibility to face global challenges such as inequality or human mobility. We also offer local and international volunteer programs and encourage spaces for dialogue and participation with companies to promote the participation of all social actors in our purpose of changing the reality. Our main partner, the Jesuit Refugee Service has been present in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2004. The network seeks to collaborate at the continental, regional, and interprovincial levels to support migrants and those in situations of asylum or displacement.

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ntreculturas is a development NGO, which believes in education as a key tool to build a fair and sustainable world. We promote cooperation projects to contribute to the development of the most vulnerable countries, we work on educational proposals that promote values ​​such as solidarity or equal ri

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

Spain

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Madrid

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Hi @Marina Pena, thanks for the great project, well done!! and am glad to see this idea in a challenge, have one question on the pilot stage you are, can you please explicate the magnitude of the problem especially at your area of interest, and how does the idea will work to harmonize the trauma/Shock they got from those xenophobia and bad actions.

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Team

Hi @Kenneth Kinyambo , first of all thank you for taking the time to read our project. We are very excited about it, and we truly believe in the impact we can make in the communities.

Regarding your question, in the actual context we are living in, it's not a secret that the xenophobia and discrimination based on the nationalism exists. And that this nationalism builds walls between people living in the same country.
So taking this as a fact and knowing that there are 5.000 people, most of them young and from very vulnerable context, migrating from Venezuela everyday, How can this affect them? When they migrate from their country and arrive to border regions as Estado de Táchira or Norte de Santander, they find regions that suffer unmet basic needs, insecurity, high percentage of unemployment and poverty, difficulty to protect their dignity and their human rights. This instability increases the discrimination and xenophobia as they blame the migrant for the situation they are suffering. So young migrants find themselves with a double victimization situation: being expulse from their territory and being discriminated and rejected in the new region for an unjustified fear based on prejudices.
We believe that being a part of the change heals, they will have to work (local and migrant youth) together to identify, integrate and promote local activities, building together different communities that have one thing in common: their values. This will empower the communities with hospitality and solidarity confronting the hostility and discrimination that they suffer.
If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact me.
Best Regards.

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