Pictured left to right: Rochelle Nakhid of LWC, Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore. Image courtesy US Embassy.

The Living Water Community (LWC) has received a major boost in its effort to help Venezuelan refugees after being awarded special grant funding from the United States Government.

For the second year in a row, the LWC is a recipient of a grant from the Julia Taft Refugee Fund, which provides non-governmental organizations with up to $25,000 USD to quickly meet critical needs in refugee protection and assistance.

An official statement from the US Embassy says the LWC used the grant to purchase a vehicle to assist Venezuelan refugees in the San Rafael area to become more self-sufficient.

Receiving the grant on behalf of the Living Water Community was Coordinator its Ministry for Migrants and Refugees, Rochelle Nakhid.  The handover ceremony was attended by Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore of the US Embassy, as well as Dutch Ambassador Raphaël Varga van Kibéd, as the Netherlands has supported children’s activities at LWC. 

“Today, our commitment to the Venezuelan people continues with the handover of this vehicle purchased through the Julia Taft Fund,” Chargé Moore stated.  We are proud of our continued partnership with Living Water Community and others to assist Venezuelan refugees in their time of need.”

According to the release issued by the US Embassy, the United States has provided more than US$1.2 billion 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. 

The Embassy release also noted that the United States has provided nearly $10 million USD to assist Venezuelan refugees and displaced persons, as part of its many areas of cooperation with Trinidad and Tobago.