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Girl helps migrants to start a new life

At 12 years old, Ana is a Venezuelan migrant living in Peru. Despite not wanting to move and missing Venezuela everyday Ana empowers migrants just like herself by informing them on their opportunities and rights.

Ana, 12, raises awareness among young Venezuelan migrants about their rights
Ana, 12, is raising awareness among Venezuelan migrants about their rights.

In 2018 Ana and her parents fled to Peru to be re-united with her brother. Her mother didn't want to spend the holidays without him. 

Ana was very reluctant to leave her life in Venezuela. "I had my friends, my house, and I didn't want to leave. I was also afraid of the change,” she explained. 

Despite there being thousands of Venezuelan families who have fled to Peru due to the socio-economic issues Venezuela is facing, Ana found it incredibly hard to adjust to her new life. "At first it was very difficult for me to adapt to the country because I didn't know anyone. I had to get used to new cultures."

Using experience to help other migrants 

 

Thanks to Plan International's Adolescent Promoters project, which aims to guide and inform migrants about their rights and opportunities, Ana now uses her experience as a migrant to help other Venezuelans adjust to life in Peru.

One way or another I feel empowered.

With the help of her fellow teenage promoters, Ana raises awareness amongst Venezuelan migrants about their rights and options in Peru. "When I arrived, I thought I couldn’t report a crime in a foreign country, and that's totally false. Now I know, and I can help others to know and stop having doubts or untrue ideas."

Working with Plan International to help Venezuelan migrants has drastically improved Ana's self-confidence. "One way or another I feel empowered. For example, if I see an act of violence, I know what to do and who to turn to," she confidently says.

Children are the future 

Ana leading activity to raise awareness among Venezuelan migrants about their rights
Ana, 12, leading an activity to raise awareness among Venezuelan migrants.

Despite settling in to her new life in Peru and striving to help those who have just migrated to the country, Ana still misses Venezuela. When she was asked about her dreams she replied without hesitation, "That the situation in my country improves and that we can all return to Venezuela."

On the cusp of becoming a teenager, Ana has aready shown herself to be a strong and supportive young woman. She truly believes in the power that young people have to affect change. "Despite being young, we can help many people." 

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