What is a FWB Humanitarian Mission?
Guided by the values of the FWB, with the vision of "shaking the world" and instill people with the confidence that it is possible to make a better world through good actions, the “FWB Humanitarian Missions” were born, which will allow people to live a fraternal experience that will be cherished forever!
To live out the values of the FWB mission and contribute to transforming lives, the organization’s humanitarian efforts take a sensitive, respectful, technical, and thoughtful approach in the places where the projects are located. Therefore, all activities are guided by ethics, moral values and transparency guidelines.
The humanitarian missions are voluntary and aim to offer participants a fraternal experience and encourage everyone to be an agent of change. In addition, it seeks to introduce participants to local realities, whether with their deficiencies and vulnerabilities as well as with the cultural and human richness, such as the strength of the African people - who teach us about humility and purity -, and of our Brazilian brothers and sisters. Therefore, we will serve our brothers and sisters through the donation of affection, discipline, respect, cooperation, and compassion.
The humanitarian missions are complementary to the projects carried out by the FWB. Thus, they are organized with the participation of sponsors interested in volunteer work, according to their area of personal or technological knowledge, or professional skills. It is important to point out that, to participate in the humanitarian missions, it is necessary to be a sponsor of one of the organization's projects.
The humanitarian work, carried out in the missions, is entirely voluntary and aims to experience the most genuine fraternity, among other values, without any discrimination or prejudice. For this, some conducts are important, such as not smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages, not donating money directly to the assisted people, and other conducts that do not match the organization's mission and values.
Humanitarian Mission to Malawi – June 2022 – Ubuntu Nation Project
Why Malawi was chosen at this time?
A humanitarian mission to the Ubuntu Nation refugee center in Malawi is much more than a charitable trip, it is a journey within yourself in its deepest meaning. The reception center was built next to a camp with 51,000 refugees from Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. There you will find incredible stories of overcoming hardships, union, and love, which are impossible to be described here.
By signing up, get ready for an experience that will change your life when in contact with the most suffering and the most beautiful of human beings. An ambiguity that enchants and excites.
“I am because we are” is the Ubuntu philosophy. And that is why your help, coming straight from the heart, will be welcomed by all refugees who have been living in precarious conditions for more than 24 years, with little food and resources but always keeping the hope that better days will germinate for them.
You are the hope!
What’s the main goal of this mission?
This Humanitarian Mission is the opportunity for our sponsors to learn about Fraternity Without Borders operations in Malawi. Our sponsors will have the opportunity to be part of the first Humanitarian Mission organized by FWB-Canada and bring back to their homes the experience of fraternity.
Once we have the team formed, based on the volunteer skills and aspirations, we will plan the activities that will be performed in Malawi.
When is planned to happen? How long does it last?
The humanitarian mission will be from June 27th to July 3rdh. The volunteers will arrive in Malawi in June 26th and depart in July 4th, 2022.
Costs and how to pay:
The costs described below will cover from June 27th to July 3rd. Early arrival and departure after these dates will be considered extra costs and responsibility of the volunteer.
The ground costs include: ground transportation, accommodation and food during the humanitarian mission period.
The cost of the ground part to be paid by the volunteer is US$560 (five hundred and sixty US dollars) and will be paid as follows:
- A registration fee of US$60 with the humanitarian mission. A spot in the mission will only be considered confirmed after this payment is made;
- The remaining US$500 (five hundred US dollars) must be paid up to 15 days before the humanitarian mission (June 5th);
- Physicians and dentists will have an additional cost. There is a US$200 (two hundred US dollars) fee to be paid to the local College of Physicians and Dentists to work in Malawi. This fee must be paid up to 45 days before the start of the humanitarian mission.
In addition, the volunteers will also be responsible for the inbound and outbound flight fares going in and out of Malawi. These costs are managed by the volunteer once their participation in the Humanitarian Mission is confirmed. Reminding that, the sooner you buy your tickets, the cheaper the flight price.
The PCR test in Malawi is around US$ 100. This amount needs to be brought to Malawi in cash to pay for the return test (if required by the returning country).
The Pandemic and the Mission
Covid and the Humanitarian Mission
The pandemic has brought several lessons to all of us. One risk we run when traveling internationally is not being able to return because of testing positive for COVID. This risk must be measured by each volunteer and be part of the decision process to participate.
It is recommended that each volunteer acquire a travel health insurance that covers COVID costs. In addition, you must consider the extra costs of accommodation, food, ticket exchange and test for return. Some insurances cover these costs, so please check what works best for you.
In case you cannot return, you may also have to take time off from work. So, consider the implications of this humanitarian mission on your return.
How can I be part of it?
Each volunteer is very important for the FWB activities carried out in the projects. This entails and demands an important responsibility from the volunteers, as it involves participating in the lives of people who are very vulnerable and who at some point were invisible. Therefore, for the volunteer’s purposes to be aligned with those of the FWB, it is essential that:
- know the purpose of participating in a humanitarian mission
- know the FWB mission, vision, and values
- research about the place where you intend to carry out the volunteer activities;
- understand that the volunteer's role is to work for a better world;
- realize that FWB humanitarian missions are not intended for social tourism.
Once the mission and importance of the humanitarian mission is understood and reflected, the participant is ready to register. After that, just wait for FWB to reach out to you and provide further details.
"In 2019 I had the amazing opportunity to join a medical mission to our FWB Madagascar project. We started a campaign to raise money to buy as many medical supplies as possible, packed our luggage and off we went.
Arriving at the Peace Camp in Ambovombe, we were greeted by the locals in an atmosphere of music, dance and happiness, which made us feel truly welcomed!
During two weeks I was able to work with adults and children with respiratory, neurological, and mental issues.
At times, it was very hard to see the local reality of starvation and lack of medical care. But it was amazing to see, feel, and be part of the work that was done with so much compassion and love. This mission gave me the chance to experience the Fraternity and I will cherish it forever. I can’t wait to go back."