In continued support of Venezuelan refugees fleeing the crisis exacerbated by the Maduro regime, the U.S. Government awarded a Julia Taft Refugee Fund Grant to the Living Water Community (LWC). Each year, the Julia Taft Refugee Fund provides non-governmental organizations with up to $25,000 USD to quickly meet critical needs in refugee protection and assistance. This is the second year in a row LWC has received the award, which they used to purchase a vehicle to assist Venezuelan refugees in the San Rafael area to become more self-sufficient.
Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore attended the handover ceremony with Rochelle Nakhid, the Coordinator of LWC’s Ministry for Migrants and Refugees. Dutch Ambassador Raphaël Varga van Kibéd was also in attendance, as the Netherlands has supported children’s activities at LWC. Chargé Moore stated: “Today, our commitment to the Venezuelan people continues with the handover of this vehicle purchased through the Julia Taft Fund. We are proud of our continued partnership with Living Water Community and others to assist Venezuelan refugees in their time of need.”
The United States has provided more than $1.2 billion USD in humanitarian, development, and health assistance to help Venezuelans both inside Venezuela and across the region, as well as to the countries and communities which host them. As
part of our many areas of cooperation with Trinidad and Tobago, the United States has provided nearly $10 million USD to assist Venezuelan refugees and displaced persons.