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Connecting the Diaspora (Conectando a la diaspora)

Success cases focused workshops for people from Venezuela to connect with established members and institutions in the host communities.

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

Venezuela is currently facing an unprecedented political and humanitarian crisis, which has caused Venezuelans of all social-economic statuses to be on the move. A July 2019 annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights details the systematic human rights violations that people face in Venezuela. On June 2019, the Working Group of the Organization of American States (OAS) reported that the regional crisis caused by Venezuela’s migrant and refugee flow calls for international action and projects that the number of migrants could reach between 5.3 and 5.7 million by the end of 2019 and between 7.5 and 8.2 million by the end of 2020. While the majority of Venezuelans have fled to neighboring countries in South America, more than 70,000 Venezuelans have come to the United States seeking asylum in the past four years, according to the United Nations. The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and the limited quotas for asylum in the current U.S. immigration system lead Vision Democratica to forecast that Venezuelans on the move to the United States need assistance in resolving the common problems of migration, especially guidance to avoid falling into an immigration status limbo caused by erroneous filling for asylum (problems areas listed below). Our focused, expert-guided workshops in Spanish help solve the following problems faced by Venezuelans on the move to the US: - Loss of Community Network: Our event includes dynamic team exercises and opportunities for participants to network. We also encourage participants to join our LinkedIn account and connect through our social media platforms. - Systematic vulnerabilities: Immigration, documentation, labor accreditation, housing, and education. Workshops will simplify the legal framework for these areas of life in the US, and what options and programs are most fitting. - Other problems: culture shock, linguistic barriers, and mistrust of the rule of law.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Our program is designed for Venezuelans migrants to the United States but is fitting to any Spanish-speaking person on the move. We want to conduct a pilot of each subject workshop in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and then take the program to other areas with a large number of Venezuelan migrants. Washington, D.C. is the home base to our foundation, network of partner organizations, and supportive public officials, as well as hosting diplomatic representation of other receiving countrie

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)

Our program helps fulfill needs of joy, hope, and dignity by allowing participants to identify and connect with a support network of individuals and institutions in the receiving community. Receiving information firsthand from people who have previously been on the move and are now successfully established in the U.S. offers hope in accomplishing similar goals. Facilitating the participants’ understanding of their rights and safety nets within the U.S. system nurtures their dignity.

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

Our program helps people fulfill needs of joy, hope and dignity by allowing participants to identifying and connecting with a support network of individuals and institutions is the receiving community. Receiving information firsthand from people who have previously been on the move and are now successfully established in the US offers hope in accomplishing similar success and joy. Facilitating the participants’ understanding of their rights and safety nets within the US system contributes to the fulfillment of the participants’ need for dignity, which in the case of Venezuelans has been beaten by government prosecution and systematic violation of human rights.

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

Venezuelans in the U.S. and in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area are very new communities that currently don’t count with the connecting and supportive services that we are proposing. With the type of programs that Vision Democratica envisions, this community will be able to have systematic support and assistance, regaining the dignity and possibility for success that was stripped from them after years of living in an oppressive regime in Venezuela.

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

We are inspired by the talent, democratic will and resilience of the people of Venezuela. We are certain that by helping Venezuelans on the integrate and create sustainable ways of life in the receiving communities they are seeking refuge in, Venezuelans will soon enough pay such help forward and build bridges with communities in their homeland for the social and economic improvement of in-country Venezuelans.

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

The States of Florida, Texas, New York and California have the largest populations of Venezuelans in the U.S.

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

The following institutions have offered support and guidance for this program: - Dagoberto Rodriguez and Associates Law Firm - The Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - The Herndon, VA City Day Labor Center - City of Alexandria, VA Council member - Montgomery County, MD Council member

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

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

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

Vision Democratica (Foundation)

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

Promovemos la integración de la diáspora venezolana en el desarrollo económico y social de Venezuela. Vision Democratica is a Washington, DC based, Federal certified non-profit charitable organization (501C3). Our mission is to facilitate the Venezuelan Diaspora's contribution to democracy building, social and development in Venezuela, through partnerships with local and international stakeholders. We currently have the partnerships with follwing social development programs: 1) Accion Humanitaria para Venezuela: Three children centers servicing a total of 700 children by offering two meals daily, reading and writing lessons and annual health check ups which include vision and vaccines. 2) Embajadores Comunitarios: Youth leadership values coaching program, targeting children in "barrios populares", disadvantaged communities in Caracas. 3) Venezolanos en Cucuta: Community kitchen in Cucuta, Colombia, serves 1000+ migrants a day.

Website URL:

www.visiondemocraticafoundation.org

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

United States of America (US)

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Washington, District of Columbia

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Belle initiative. Nous travaillons dans le même optique.

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