Ambassador Gingrich Presents Joel Nafuma Refugee Center with Julia Taft Refugee Fund Grant

Ambassador Gingrich on Tuesday, October 2, presented the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome, Italy, with the Julia Taft Refugee Fund grant, to further support the Center’s important work.

The U.S. Department of State’s Julia Taft Refugee Fund supports community-based projects that provide sustainable assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons, vulnerable migrants, and stateless persons.  Each year, the Fund awards grants, up to $25,000, for projects that respond to issues not addressed by larger multilateral programs.

The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center will use the funds to provide human services and self-reliance support for some 1,000 homeless refugees and migrants between 18-21 years-of-age, living in the Rome area. These young adults receive little care from the state, and are particularly susceptible to human traffickers. By investing time and funding in these young adults, the Center helps them better integrate into Italian society

(Ambassador Callista Gingrich with Rev. Austin K. Rios, Rector of St. Paul’s-within-the-Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, home to the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center)