The fragility of large cities already existed before Covid-19. However, it is now, in the face of this crisis of unthinkable dimensions, that became evident. Today in many countries the fear of the virus and job loss in cities are pushing hundreds of thousands of families back to the countryside.
"We are trapped in the big cities, and we cannot see a way out. When you are desperate you follow a trend. My family moved to the city in search of a better opportunity, but we couldn't find one. Now I am happy here in the village: I grew up as a person, my children are free, every morning I open the window, I feel the wind in my face and I see nature", Victoria Úbeda, one of Colonia Belgrano's new neighbors, told a TV channel-
The ES VICIS Foundation started in 2014 to work against the global mainstream and disbelief, on the goal of reversing the unsustainable rural to urban migration, and, aiming for the movement "Back To Villages", developed an award-winning program "Welcome to my village" for sustainable remigration to rural small villages. The ES VICIS model was showcased in 3 Universities and received massive resonance in press and media, response to the “Global Compact for Migration” principles and its measurable impact addresses 9 of the 17 SDG (1-3-4-5-8-10-11-16-17).
Our next step is to bring the program to scale, with the development technology, an App developed with proven methodologies, to enable sustainable migration.
Main Solutions the App will offer:
Marketplace: both the capacities of re-migrants to rural villages and the needs and opportunities of villages through this app. They will be able to connect.
Streamline data efficiency: match the necessities of re-migrants with small villages and regions, so we can unlock all these opportunities is paramount because the market is huge.
Training users/beneficiaries for sustainable re-migration/repopulation: Structural training for re-migrants and villages will also be offered from this tool, with videos and instructions for a successful re-migration/repopulation.
We are ready to bring to scale our model. The world needs sustainable remigration to rural villages. With your support in the initial phase for the development of this App, the scale-up phase will be more efficient and bring forth change in the migration history.
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There is a large veil in the goodness of urbanization that hides an unsatisfied demand that has been seeking to channel its voice for years, and cries out for investment in resources to allow the towns to grow and receive people who re-migrate to them to live in community, close to nature. Nature to which cities turn their backs since, according to data from UN-Habitat, cities only occupy 2% of the total surface of the planet, but consume 80% of global energy, are responsible for 60% of greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of the waste generated globally. Even so, investments of more than 12 zeros in "smart cities" are still being proposed from this area.
"Rural communities want to and can grow," as Javier Bosio, the mayor of Colonia Belgrano, told the media in 2016. "The visibility of the opportunities that this program brought forward brought to our people an impulse that we could not have achieved alone, even in 20 years," he said a few weeks ago in a TV program.
Colonia Belgrano, a small village of 1000 inhabitants losing population for decades, in Argentina, was benefited by the program "Welcome to my Village". In only one year it had grown by 10% in terms of population.
How? Sustainable remigration is based on 3 pillars: a Welcome, a Job, and a Home. The ES VICIS Foundation selected from among 20,000 applicants, enterprising families - who lived in nearby cities - they were trained to strengthen their skills and generated more than 20 new businesses in the village, and employment grew by 15% in only 3 years. The government-financed 20 homes, which the families' payback in 25 years.