Scouts in Brazil help Venezuelan migrants
A BackStage Story by the Scout Donation Platform
Amid a deepening economic crisis in Venezuela, hundreds of people are crossing the border into northern Brazil every day in search of a better future.
Now, Scouts from across Brazil are setting up troops for the migrants in the state of Roraima that borders Venezuela to welcome young migrants into the movement and help them settle in.
In this month’s BackStage Story, Denise
Hi Denise, tell us about yourself
My name is Ilka Denise
When was the moment you decided something needed to be done about the situation involving the Venezuelan migrants?
The national executive board of Scouts of Brazil was concerned about the young people’s situation, following a series of news reports in the Brazilian press in March about the conditions endured by Venezuelan migrants in Roraima. As we offer non-formal education to this age group and expect to contribute to a better world where people can
How many volunteers are involved in this project?
The national executive
Why is this project so important for Scouts in Brazil?
We can’t practice Scouting detached from the community in which we are based. We are involved with social factors and we can’t ignore the situation in our country as a result of this migration. Among the
What are the main challenges the project is facing now?
There are many challenges: the language factor, the fact that they speak Spanish and most of them can’t find places in public schools where they could learn Portuguese; the need for financial resources to implement and expand the project; acceptance of the migrants by the local community; and Roraima’s location in Brazil, away from the big centres and our national office.
What are your plans for this project?
The next step is to get the first Scout unit in Roraima started, and after that, more units. We expect the Scout units to evaluate the work that is being done and hope to conclude that we are making a difference in the lives of these youths. We have in the Scout Method the tools to follow-up individually with each of those involved. This way, we can learn a lot from this experience.
How has the project affected your life?
The happiness that comes with the possibility of serving and offering to those youths the opportunity of better lives, through their own development in different areas and the ability to integrate them into society, respecting their rights as people.