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Seres Sin Fronteras (Beings Without Borders)

Support migrants and asylum seekers from Venezuela in guaranteeing their rights and their social integration.

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

Due to the socio-political crisis of Venezuela since the year 2015, the phenomenon of mixed migratory flows from Venezuela begins, arriving in the country Venezuelan citizens, returning Colombians, mixed families between Colombians and Venezuelans having Colombia as a destination and / or transit country. To this day around 1'600.000 have entered, 89% want to stay in Colombia and 176.000 are in transit. This mixed migration flow reaches a country in humanitarian crisis, with one of the highest rates of internally displaced persons in the world, in full reconfiguration / sharpening of the armed conflict and with a State unable to guarantee the rights of its own citizens. Therefore, this population that arrives in search of opportunities for their survival and socioeconomic development finds services almost tottaly collapsed without capacity of response and living in communities with the presence of xenophobia and social exclusion. This population also presents problems with their documentation required for permanence, food security, health, education and protection. Being forced to carry out illegal activities, begging, to be sexually exploited, to be linked to armed groups, among others. Due to this, a worrying humanitarian crisis has been consolidated, generating impacts on the migrant population and host communities, especially in Border States such as Vichada and Guainía – Colombia, that have doubled their population due to the migratory phenomenon. Puerto Carreño, capital of the state of Vichada, has a 600 km border with Venezuela as several illegal border crossings. This municipality occupies the fourth place in Colombia with the highest concentration of migrants in relation to its population density. A 40% are indigenous and their children and women are the most exposed ones to risk. Identically there is Inírida, capital of the department of Guainía.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Colombia, South America. State of Vichada, Municipality of Puerto Carreño, settlements of Piedra Custodio, Simón Bolívar, Farms with Venezuelan migrant population belonging to Amoruo, Wijibi, Sicuani, mestizos and Afros indigenous people. State of Vaupés, Inírida Municipality, Pajuil indigenous shelter, Casa Balanca settlement, El Poblado, Garden with Venezuelan migrant population belonging to the indigenous people Baniba, Desnudo, Curripaco, Piapoco, mestizos and Afros.

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)

The bridge of union between the migrant population, the host community and the institutional framework is the realization of a Care Plan that allows to the participants from their identity, abilities, difficulties, hopes to construct and implement co-responsible alternatives for the guarantee of rights and the social inclusion of the people on the move. Emphasis on adolescent children and women for being the most vulnerable among the vulnerable.

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

-To the Venezuelan children and teenagers as returned Colombians with no prospect of future finding themselves in begging, commercial sexual exploitation, illegal activities, among others -The need for survival for women and their families causes them to be linked to prostitution, illegal activities and begging -The irregular permanence of Venezuelans does not allow them to access to elementary services causing that they cannot enjoy completely their rights -The host communities see Venezuelan migrants as competition in the guarantee of their rights, generating xenophobic and social exclusion behaviors -The institutions does not have the knowledge, availability and/or tools for guarantee the migrant population rights As UNHCR established, they require support from Colombia for their legal permanence and the enjoyment of their rights, the agency details the "minimum standards" that should be guaranteed are legality, accessibility, access to basic rights and guarantees of no return.

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

- 100 children have strengthened their basic learning skills, they are more protected and have recovered emotionally. Children victims of gender based violence, domestic violence, sexual violence and those unaccompanied, have received psychosocial support and legal attention to guarantee their rights. - Legal and psychosocial attention to migrant women who are in the exercise of sexual labor for survival and / or are victims of gender based violence and / or domestic violence allows them to build decent and hopeful life alternatives in new contexts. - The host communities build and have new solidarity behaviors with the migrant population that favors them in the process of social inclusion. - The official institutions will be able to respond to the challenges imposed by the migration flow by promoting their inclusion and guarantee of human rights. Emphasis on adolescent children and women for being the most vulnerable among the vulnerable.

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

Since 2015, Colombia has been the recipient country of millions of migrants from Venezuela, who fleeing the social, political and economic conflict, cross the border irregularly and arrive in a situation of high vulnerability, lack of protection and lack of guarantee in their rights. The focus community are those identified as “migrants in refugee situations, vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers”. That’s why this idea is important, because the capacities of the participants are enhanced and does not focus on their lacks and needs. Also we aimed to guaranteeing rights and their social inclusion in the host communities proactively. Also this idea is to offer the opportunity to rebuild their life projects in adverse contexts with hope and dignity. Hence, communities and institutions are provided with theoretical and methodological tools that will allow them to support migrants in their social integration and guarantee of rights.

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

70% of the migrant population are nomadic indigenous who traditionally traveled between Colombia and Venezuela because they were nomads, but given the situation, they were forced to settle in Puerto Carreño and Inírida and who are mostly in misery and begging. These Municipalities have a high unsatisfied basic needs rate: 45.62% Puerto Carreño and 52.81% Inírida which are now the main migrant receiving territories without the ability to guarantee the rights of these new inhabitants, sharpening the chronic humanitarian crisis in which the municipalities lived. In addition, since there is no housing, different irregular settlements have emerged next to the landfill and other unhealthy lands that does not have public services, health, education and generates high levels of vulnerability, especially for women, children and teenagers.

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

This proposal affirms that all human beings have knowledge, skills, talents, availability that can be enhanced. Based on this principles, the formulation and implementation of the Shared Responsibility Care Plan is the strategy that allows the articulation of the contributions that children and migrant women can make, such as host communities and institutions. As this Shared Responsibility Care Plan is formulated and implemented by them, with them and for them, it promotes shared responsibility - co-responsibility - generating higher levels of success in guaranteeing rights and the social integration of the migrant population

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

Currently, some of our partners in terms of migration flows are UNHCR, UNICEF and Diakonie Germany, also we are within the United Nations Country Humanitarian Team. Moreover, we are part of the Protection Cluster and the Emergency Education Board. In addition, we are part of the recently formed Interagency Group on Mixed Migratory Flows. Parallel that, for the Global Protection Cluster (Geneva) we have the help desk for child protection and we are the delegates for Latin America in the Strategic Group of the global sub cluster of child protection.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

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

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

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

Corporación Infancia y Desarrollo - LA CID

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

Our emphasis has been on the victim population of the armed conflict by forced displacement, illegal recruitment and other victimizing events, reaching more than 180,256 direct participants through the Education for Development, Rights and Territorial Peace strategy. With migratory flows we have developed projects of emergency education, prevention and care of gender based violence and domestic violence, child-friendly spaces, humanitarian attention, in the States of Bolívar, Magdalena, Atlántico, Arauca, Vaupés, Vichada being cooperating partners with UNHCR, UNICEF and also Diakonie. We also work with entities in the region such as the Border Coordination of the Government, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, Foreign Ministry, Secretary of Indigenous Affairs, Health Education and the Office of Indigenous Affairs.

Website URL:

https://www.corporacioninfanciaydesarrollo.org/

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

Colombia

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Bogotá

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Hola, Mi nombre es Diógenes Infante tengo propuesto esta idea: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/review/integration-project-for-venezuelan-migrants-in-northern-ecuador. Creo que tenemos varios puntos comunes, uno sobre todo: nuestros migrantes. Vamos a conectarnos, aquí en el norte del Ecuador tenemos una comunidad de profesionales que estamos organizándonos para trabajar en la atención de los migrantes. Por ejemplo, estamos desarrollando sensores inteligentes para la agricultura y tenemos una propuesta de una granja. Por favor, revisa mi propuesta y déjame tus comentarios. Así vamos avanzando. Saludos.

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