Who we are

Refúgio 343 was born in response to the greatest migratory challenge in the history of the Western Hemisphere.

A humanitarian organization dedicated to the socioeconomic integration of refugees and migrants, working with humanitarian aid and social development, in the fronts of shelter, health, education, and interiorization.

We are part of the Acolhida Operation, led by the Humanitarian and Logistics Task Force and the UN agencies, working in partnership with leading organizations involved in the solution of this crisis, including  IOM, Fraternity Without Borders, Adra, among others.

History & culture

“In October 2018, I started having frequent dreams about a girl who was strange to me. One day, I recognized her on an article about the migratory crisis in Venezuela. At this moment I felt I should do something to help”.

The experience of one of our founders, inspired a group, already involved in other social causes, to take action. The first dream was to catch a plane to the state of Roraima, on the border with Venezuela, and return with a refugee. This dream has grown. Today, we are a Humanitarian Organization that has already rescued dozens of families, and this is only the beginning of a life journey.

We believe in the power of unity, charity and determination. Rather, we are a refuge for ourselves, a platform that aims to promote healing from the inside out. We find in the culture of this organization the opportunity to evolve, to become better people and professionals, while developing our humanitarian work.

We live the new era, we are a family!

Context

For the first time in history, 1% of humanity is found displaced. 79.5 million people had to leave their origins behind. The socioeconomic and political crisis in Venezuela is included in this rate. More than 5.6 million people have already migrated from the country. 

Considered the biggest humanitarian crisis in Latin America, Venezuelans are the second largest displaced population group in the world. Brazil has received more than 265 thousand Venezuelans, being considered the 5th destination country. 

To accommodate the migratory flow, there are 13 refugee camps in Roraima, with capacity to host over 8,000 peopleMoreover, there are still over 4,000 refugees and migrants living without infrastructure in occupancies, in addition to thousands more on the streets of the state.

Our team

Liliana Meilin
Fundraising Assistant
Fernando Rangel
Cofounder and Executive Director
Dejaine Viriato
Interiorization Assistant
Patrícia Galindo
Communications and Engagement Manager
Lucas Santos
Communications Assistant
Júlia Hadad
Interiorization Analyst
Vinicius Fernandes
Interiorization Coordinator
Marcel Boccia
National Operations Coordinator
Laura Fatio
Cofounder and Investment Manager
Fabrizio Jacobucci
Regional Coordinator
Lilian Bernardes
Regional Coordinator
Charlotte Castelnau
Digital Leader
Icaro Vasques
Fundraising Analyst
Bárbara Oliveira
Executive Assistant
Estiben Sanchez
Interiorization Assistant
Ully Araujo
Educational Orientor
Rafael Lavarini
Engagement Leader
Vitória Maielo
Fundraising Analyst

Our counsellors

Leonardo Lima
Sustainable Development Director Arcos Dorados
Ana Carolina Xavier
CEO NTICS Projects
Ricardo Siqueira
Board Member ClimaFund Brazil
Pedro Navio
President The Kraft Heinz Company
Guilherme Ferreira
Executive Director Bahema Education

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