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Faysa Daoud, mother of three children Samir, Dina and Jamal

Born in Jordan, the Palestinian immigrated to Brazil at the age of 17. He has lived in  for yearsMogi das Cruzes, Her husband used to live here, but when he arrived, he found it very difficult to adapt the language and customs, despite having a very comfortable living situation waiting here. She learned Portuguese from the maids we had at the time. They helped with everything. She wonders then who comes to refugeado. A person who has already faced all kinds of difficulties, fears and pressures from his country, having to go somewhere else to stay alive, and make this change without any structure, without support. That's why he decided to help.

An enterprising woman and a helper. Through business and projects, she became an excellent reference for other women in Brazil and abroad.

Palestinian immigrant Faysa Daoud received the title of citizen of Mogi das Cruzes, a municipality she adopted 40 years ago.Secretary for Refugee Affairs from FEPAL, she is president of the NGO Refúgio Brasil, which helps dozens of refugee families.

president of the non-governmental organization Refúgio Brasil. city where it serves 58 of the 78 refugee families registered with the entity. In addition to these 165 people who came from Egypt, Africa, Haiti, Arabia, Iraq and Syria to Mogi das Cruzes, the organization also serves another 20 families who live in São Paulo. The immigrants are of various nationalities, such as Syrians, Egyptians, Palestinians, Africans, Haitians, Yemen, Afghanistan, Cubans and Venezuelans. The service consists of help in obtaining refuge and support during adaptation to the new language and customs.

The need to create an NGO emerged in 2006, when Mogi das Cruzes began to receive the first group of refugees from Iraq. There were people who had spent the last five years in a refugee camp in the desert between Jordan and Iraq. “The UN and UNHCR did this more intensive work to bring them to Brazil. They were people weakened by the war, they were persecuted for reasons of religion or politics. They were in a precarious, structural and emotional situation as well. When they arrived, they had UNHCR assistance with housing for two years, for example. But after that period ended, problems began to appear, including a need for affection and affection. So we started a support group with Muslim immigrants to help them learn the language, get a job. We partnered with companies, but as the years went by, the number of refugees increased, but not the number of resources. So I created the NGO, to formalize the funding”, 

Faysa Daoud

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