Despite the limits we all continue to struggle with under COVID-19, St Patrick‘s Catholic American Church in Rome
has not forgotten its mission to provide for others – especially those local charities who have relied on our generosity for years.
One goal of the 2021 all-virtual St. Nicholas Serata for Charity campaign
is to meet specific needs of the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center
(JNRC). This Center, a non-faith outreach ministry of St Paul’s within the Walls Episcopal Church in the heart of Rome, provides humanitarian and educational support for refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world. Many have fled political and religious persecution and the majority of them have been exploited by smugglers or traffickers. Average age ranges between 18-30 years: 80% male and 20% female.
The JNRC’s holistic approach provides for both the physical needs of their guests, such as food, clothing, shoes & blankets, as well as educational, financial, psychological, legal & livelihood assistance; plus language classes, assistance in finding work and integrating into Italian society.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the JNRC has been unable to host any fundraising events so their needs are urgent and concrete:
- Underwear x 600 (cost 600 Euro)
- Pairs of socks x 2250 (cost 675 Euro)
- Winter sleeping bags x 50 (cost 1100 Euro)
- Educator for 32 Italian lessons @ 90 mins. each (cost 1120 Euro)
- Emergency Fund (500 Euro)
- Personnel – cultural mediator (cost 1000 Euro)