Refúgio 343 was born in response to what is now the world’s second-largest migratory challenge. We are a humanitarian organization dedicated to the socioeconomic reintegration of refugees and migrants. We work with the axes of social development and humanitarian aid through the pillars of reception and education. Reception is the highest point of our work. Through interiorization, a strategy of planned displacement, we integrate families throughout the Brazilian territory in a systematic way, activating people and companies in a clear reception system. We monitor families at final destinations to ensure they achieve their fundamental rights: employment, health, and education, thus achieving independence in the short term. Through Escola Refúgio, we offer access to one of the most important human rights: education. The school provides refugees and migrants with tools to restart their lives in Brazil with more confidence and self-esteem. We offer a common curriculum with Portuguese language classes and intercultural education, as well as vocational courses. We believe that education is the most effective path to social transformation and the key to various processes of citizenship and personal as well as professional development.


 History & culture “In October 2018, I began having frequent dreams about a girl who was a stranger to me, until one day I recognized her in a news report about the migratory crisis in Venezuela. At that moment, I felt that I should do something to help.” The experience lived by one of our founders inspired the action of a group already involved in a series of social works. The initial dream was to take a plane to Roraima and return with a refugee family. This dream grew, and we became a Humanitarian Organization; we have already rescued hundreds of families, and this was just the beginning of a life journey. We started to dream while awake, and dreaming merged with doing. We believe in the power of unity, charity, and determination. We are first a Refuge for ourselves, a platform aimed at promoting healing from within. 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 in the new era; we are a family!


More than 1% of humanity is displaced. There are over 100 million people who have had to leave their origins behind, a number that has doubled in the last decade. Venezuelans are now the second-largest displaced population group in the world. Over 7.1 million people, 20% of the population, have already migrated from the country to escape economic insecurity, hunger, violence, lack of medications, and essential services.

 Considered the largest humanitarian crisis in Latin America, we feel the direct impact in Brazil. The country has already regularized 414,000 Venezuelans, ranking as the 5th country that hosts the most. To support the migratory flow, there are 5 shelters in Boa Vista and 2 in Pacaraima, on the border with Venezuela, accommodating approximately 9,000 people together. Despite all efforts, there are around 2,000 refugees and migrants living without infrastructure and access to basic services in spontaneous occupations and on the streets of Roraima.

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Liliana Meilin
Assistente de Captação de Recursos
Vinicius Fernandes
Coordenador de Interiorização
Laura Fatio
Cofundadora e Gerente de Investimentos
Estiben Sanchez
Assistente de Interiorização
Ully Araujo
Orientadora Educacional
Fernando Rangel
Cofundador e Diretor Executivo
Júlia Hadad
Analista de Interiorização
Fabrizio Jacobucci
Coordenador Regional SP
Bárbara Oliveira
Assistente Executiva
Rafael Lavarini
Líder de Engajamento
Dejaine Viriato
Assistente de Interiorização
Patrícia Galindo
Gerente de Comunicação e Engajamento
Lilian Bernardes
Coordenadora Regional BH
Vitória Maielo
Analista de Captação de Recursos

Nossos conselheiros

Leonardo Lima
Diretor de Desenvolv. Sustentável Arcos Dorados
Ana Carolina Xavier
CEO NTICS Projetos
Ricardo Siqueira
Membro do Conselho ClimaFund Brasil
Pedro Navio
Presidente Kraft Heinz
Guilherme Ferreira
Diretor Executivo Bahema Educação

Nossos embaixadores

Talita Monteiro
Minas Gerais
Paula Genelhu
Minas Gerais
Rafael Barbosa
Minas Gerais
Heitor Souza
São Paulo
Juliana Zochetti
São Paulo
Danielle Camargo
São Paulo
Rafael Lavarini
Julia Neiva
São Paulo


The work of Refúgio 343 permeates 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. We believe that, as in the public and private sectors, third sector organizations also need to be committed to more efficient, transparent, and responsible businesses, both in the environmental and social spheres.

For this reason, Refúgio 343 is also a signatory of the UN Global Compact, committed to following the 10 universal principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption and actions that contribute to facing society’s challenges.