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The importance of the social insertion of migrants.

Integrate, support and advise the Venezuelan community in Mexico promoting and facilitating their adaptation and well-being.

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

The specific people on the move that will be impacted are Venezuelans in Mexico seeking for a new life in a new community. The problem we are trying to solve is having a group of migrants in a new country that beside needing to solve their basic needs, also have to be part of the community in order to have a normal and happy life. Some of the root causes are the numerous humanitarian problems that the Venezuelan community faces in Venezuela. The lack of food, medicine and resources have forced more than 4 million people to look for another country to live in the last 5 years. These are families that in their majority, never thought about living and getting old in a different country. They did not migrate because of cultural reasons, or just o get to know a new country. They left because they are looking for a better future for their families, in the worse cases, they migrated because they could die if they stayed in Venezuela. Most of them have never lived abroad, are not used to the "unfamiliar" and need to adapt in order to succeed. The solution? Give them help, instructions, tips. Make them realize that living in a new community is not easy but it is possible and the key is in part inside of them. Help them embrace the new things in the new country has a lot of importance. They need help to look for jobs, to prepare a resume. We can work with them giving them guidelines on how to look for a better job in a new country instead of assuming it is the same way they do it in their own country. Also giving them tips, educate them on how to deal with change, emotions, and stress. We can provide them information to get to meet with people from the same country that have more time in the new one and also with local people who can help them. Teach them to focus on the similarities and positive things between the two countries rather than on the differences. Train them to be open to the idea of eating differently, the new weather, new clothing and new traditions.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The geography of focus will be Mexico. Specifically Mexico City and its suburbs. Also other important cities of the country such as Guadalajara, Cancún, Puebla, Querétaro and cities where Venezuelans are present and trying to make a new home. Currently there are Venezuelans in all of the Mexican Republic. We can choose the areas with more density of Venezuelan in order to launch the plan.

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 local people can be a lever of help to the insertion of Venezuelans in their new community. In order to take advantage of this, the new members of the community need to be open to embrace the way of living of the locals. As the old saying states: "When you go to Rome be as Romans" Otherwise migrants will never "be part". Migrants need to authentically make an effort to be part in order to belong to this new community that can welcome them according to their attitudes towards the new country.

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

Give them a sense of belonging and new roots. Give them opportunities that make them feel part of the new community and be happy. The human need is to have hope, to feel secure, to be embraced by their community. To give them certain certainty that they will be fine, their children can be educated, that they can achieve maybe different things than what they were expecting on the origin country but they will still be all right.

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

If the new comers do not have certain guide, some of them maybe can make it themselves, but others can be lost for more time. If we can implement our idea of teaching, giving tips, making them laugh, making them embrace even what they do not like about the new place, this can maybe translate into peace for these people, tranquility. They can evolve. Transculturization can take place in a more smooth way. Migrants can benefit of the community that you bring from origin and add these learnings to the new one. They can make contributions of all kinds. If they could just rationalize that the changes they are experiencing are normal and will be canalized with time and effort, their adaptation and integration to the new community and society will be easier. To migrate is not easy, but it is possible and if migrants can have someone to guide them, sometimes is even faster and less stressful. A migrant community with some tools on how to be inserted in a new country will be more successful.

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

Help migrants find their place in the new destination, to find their role and their meaning, their contribution in the new community. This, in addition to surviving. Provide biculturalism, to give and to receive. Add the values of acceptance of culture, tolerance. To have a healthy, cheerful, positive, purposeful and proactive coexistence. To learn to accept the differences. To make them world citizens with an origin yes, but to help them to feel part of the world , not only part of one country. Teach them to be open to new experiences as a positive thing that is happening and to see this as an opportunity rather than something sad or bad that is happening to them and to teach the same to their children.  

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

There are almost 90,000 Venezuelans in Mexico. More than half have came in the last 5 years because of the humanitarian crisis that Venezuela lives. Since Mexico is not a neighbor country to Venezuela, most of them need to buy a flight ticket in order to get to Mexico, generally, they come to Mexico because someone told them to come and in most of the cases, at least for the first days, they have where to stay. The educational level of these people is mid-high and they do want to come to stay in Mexico rather that using Mexico as a bridge to get to the USA. Some charts are added.

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

More than 15 of Venezuelas organizations have been created in Mexico that work for the improvement of the Venezuelan society in Mexico. Many of them with a social sense, others with a more commercial sense, other of executives and professionals but always looking for the better future of Venezuelans in Mexico. All these networking helps to generate an environment that backups some how migrants that come to Mexico. People is willing to help, at least with advise, with a tip or with something that can make the family arriving feel more easy somehow. There are associations and there is the Venezuelan on the street that is worried about their Venezuelan friend that is coming who is also willing to help. Part of this task we believe is to impulse the Venezuelan society already established in Mexico to compromise even more to these Venezuelan migrants that have recently came. It is true that many people is involved supporting migrants, but we need even more because there a lot more to come

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

Associates of our Association, volunteers, collaborators and migrants with whom we have had relationship and support for the different events we have participated in. We believe we have the capacity to carry out this project. Also, with the help of the different other groups of Venezuelans making life currently in Mexico who are looking over migrants and the Venezuelan community in this country.

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

VENEMEX Asociación de Venezolanos en Mexico, Asociación Civil.

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

VENEMEX, is a non-profit civil association that works integrating, advising and assisting the Venezuelan community since the beginning of 2017. We carry out activities to guide the Venezuelan migrant population in access to available basic social services, mainly in the area of health and education, as well as access to the Mexican labor market and regularization processes, including international protection (or the shelter figure). Similarly, we offer humanitarian aid to Venezuelans in vulnerable situations. Among our activities are face-to-face talks, information campaigns through social networks, delivery of basic household goods, direct assistance for medical or psychological evaluations, as well as food or medicine support to Venezuelans and Venezuelans in vulnerable situations. To carry out the activities, we work in networks through alliances with organizations such as UNHCR, OIM-ONU amongst others. From the beginning of operations we have served more than 600 Venezuelans in Mex

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  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

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Hi, welcome to the Challenge. We wish you success in your good work!