This Wednesday, April 21th, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Brazil and the Minister Counselor Tomás Silva, traveled to the State of Paraná, specifically to the city of Maringá, thanks to the kind invitation of the Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights of Brazil, Damares Alves. Once in the city and accompanied by the Executive Secretary of that ministry, Tatiana Alvarenga, they participated in a meeting with Venezuelans living in Maringá.
Later, the group went to the facilities of the Sendas Institute led by its president, Eric Pérez. Sendas is a social project that involves Brazilians and migrants from various countries, including Venezuelans, and that seeks to welcome migrants in Maringá and its surroundings, insert them into society and sensitize the receiving population about the harsh reality of those who have been forced to leave their country.
In the words of Tatiana Alvarenga, the Sendas Institute “carries out a spectacular job by having people from Venezuela and other countries in its team and group of volunteers, this makes a difference in the approach and identification of needs, mainly those that are social and emotional, essential for productive inclusion, maintenance and rescue of the culture of origin.” For her part, Ambassador Belandria personally thanked Silvana Pazzetto Arruda, Secretary of Justice, Family and Labor of the State of Paraná, for the support that this unit has given to the work of the Sendas Institute and to the many Venezuelan migrants who start a new life in Maringá .
To end the visit, the Ambassador and the Minister Counselor joined Minister Damares Alves and other local authorities to get to know the “Youth with a Mission” Institute (JOCUM in its Portuguese acronym). Ambassador María Teresa Belandria thanked the training center for supporting Venezuelan migrants.