Cittadini del Mondo

is creating a library, a school, and a clinic for refugees

11

patrons

$72

per month
Cittadini del Mondo (Citizens of the World) is a tiny team, nine core staff plus some part-time volunteers, which cares for thousands of refugees in Rome. Founded in 2002, we provide a medical clinic, intercultural library, language classes, prenatal care, and legal aid to thousands of new arrivals each year, and serve Rome's largest permanent refugee community, Selam Palace.

Cittadini del Mondo fills a gap in international refugee aid. Italy has a relatively open door policy, welcoming many thousands each year who come fleeing violence or famine in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and other parts of Europe. But once people arrive Italy provides very few services, and without local contacts or Italian language skills many find it impossible to find housing, work, social services, even treatment for urgent medical conditions contracted during the arduous journey, all of which are inaccessible without some local help negotiating the bureaucracy necessary to get aid, education, and healthcare. 



Founded by Doctor Donatella D’Angelo, Cittadini del Mondo began by offering a clinic, but found that, due to their traumatic experiences, many refugees were wary and distrustful, unwilling to accept aid. That all changed with the creation of our Biblioteca Intercultural - the Intercultural Library, providing books and literature in refugees' native languages. One of the most emotionally and intellectually painful parts of long-term displacement is being completely cut off from one’s native language and culture, without literature, without children’s books to pass on culture to the next generation, often without the ability to even have a conversation in a land where no one shares your native tongue. The reading material provided by our Intercultural Library is a cultural lifeline, offering not only education and entertainment but satisfying the basic human need for stories and ideas. As our founder Donatella put it:
“Offering people aid isn’t enough; first they need to trust you enough to believe you will actually help them. Our intercultural library achieves that, by making people feel welcome and showing we have a basic respect for their humanity. Once you give someone a book, a piece of culture, then they know you respect them, and become willing to accept medical and other aid.”
Our intercultural library is an awe-inspiring place, clean library chairs and row on row of bright, cheerful bookcases welcoming readers of Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Ethiopian, French, Korean, and English too.  An incredibly human place where anyone can feel connected, respected, and welcome.



Soon the clinic was packed, and our services were able to expand to include language lessons including special classes just for women, prenatal seminars, and legal aid navigating Italian and international aid systems. Our library also started to host events, from children's birthday parties and intercultural barbecues to music performances and sing-alongs, offering a sense of community, belonging, and joy to individuals families who need it so desperately.






The amazing thing about microcharities like ours which work in the cracks between the big ones, is that even a tiny donation can revolutionize our efforts, and touch the lives of thousands. We received our very first international donation in 2015, just a few thousand dollars raised by a college science fiction club, but even that little sale of books and baked goods was enough to let us expand their operations to start giving arrival kits to every newcomer, including shoes, a towel, personal hygiene materials, new socks and underwear, and a backpack for personal possessions.



That first fundraiser also helped them prepare for the harsher cold months, and fully stock their winter clinic for the first time in their many years of work


In 2017 we were given a new space to expand their library to five times its original size.  With a lot of volunteer hours, small financial donations, and some gifts of books from authors around the world, we held the ribbon-cutting on our new library at the end of 2018 and are now able start hosting larger-scale classes and concerts, all through the hard work of a tiny team. 




Now with your help we hope to expand our efforts even more: to stock our clinic for winter, to keep giving shoes, soap, and clean necessities to all arrivals, to extend more education and legal services, and to continue to expand our library and the sense of community and humanity it restores. Every small donation will make a huge difference to our tiny team, and our ability to pass it on to thousands of others. Thank you!


Tiers
Basic Welcome
$1 or more per month

Every little bit helps adds up. Even a dollar a month can buy soap or sterile pads to help our clinic or stuff our welcome bags, and give those in need what they need most. You will get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time.

Benvenuto! (Italian for Welcome)
$5 or more per month

Our budget is tiny, so even $5 a month means one more refugee who gets a new pair of shoes after a long journey, or two who get a life-saving dose of vaccine. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time.

Bienvenue! (French for Welcome)
$10 or more per month

$10 a month can buy new children's books in much-needed languages, or fund bureaucratic aid to help a refugee register for benefits, or contact family to let them know they're safe. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. 

سلام (Arabic for Welcome)
$25 or more per month

Help at this level can provide entire welcome kits for new arrivals, legal aid for those in difficulty, language lessons, food for cultural events at the library, or life-saving medical supplies. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. And if you visit Rome we hope you'll visit the library and say hello.

እንኳን ደህና መጣህ። (Anharic for Welcome)
$50 or more per month

Larger donations like this can buy necessities for a whole arriving family every month, and cover the costs of arrival paperwork and the first legal steps toward safe resettlement. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. If you want one, you'll also get a holiday card from the kids and staff at our library. If you come to Rome, we hope you'll visit the library to say hello.

স্বাগত (Bengali for Welcome)
$75 or more per month

Donations on this scale can not only welcome families and provide healthcare, but also cover the monthly expenses of the library's heat, electricity, and internet which keeps the library warm and welcome for all.  You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. If you want one, you'll also get a holiday card from the kids and staff at the library. If you come to Rome, you can visit the library and we'll give you a tour, and get your photo taken with our volunteers.

歡迎光臨 (Mandarin for Welcome)
$100 or more per month

This life-changing gift will mean the difference between hope and despair for people who have lost everything. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. If you want one, you'll also get a holiday card from the kids our staff at the library. If you come to Rome, we'll give you a guided tour of the library and we hope you'll join us for lunch with some of the volunteers.

(for Welcome)
$500 or more per month

At this tier you are single-handedly expanding the possibilities. Even one backer at this tier will bring projects we had thought we could only aspire to years from now into our reach, from renovations, to new medical testing equipment, to entire programs. You'll receive a monthly photo, updates, a holiday card from the kids and staff if you want one, and if you come to Rome, we'll give you a guided tour of the library and we hope you'll join us for lunch with some of the volunteers who will be excited to discuss the new possibilities you have made real.  Thank you! 

Goals
$72 of $500 per month
$500/month will help support us continue giving a "welcome package" to each new arrival, with a new shirt, soap, socks, underwear, shoes, and other personal necessities no one should be without.
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Cittadini del Mondo (Citizens of the World) is a tiny team, nine core staff plus some part-time volunteers, which cares for thousands of refugees in Rome. Founded in 2002, we provide a medical clinic, intercultural library, language classes, prenatal care, and legal aid to thousands of new arrivals each year, and serve Rome's largest permanent refugee community, Selam Palace.

Cittadini del Mondo fills a gap in international refugee aid. Italy has a relatively open door policy, welcoming many thousands each year who come fleeing violence or famine in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and other parts of Europe. But once people arrive Italy provides very few services, and without local contacts or Italian language skills many find it impossible to find housing, work, social services, even treatment for urgent medical conditions contracted during the arduous journey, all of which are inaccessible without some local help negotiating the bureaucracy necessary to get aid, education, and healthcare. 



Founded by Doctor Donatella D’Angelo, Cittadini del Mondo began by offering a clinic, but found that, due to their traumatic experiences, many refugees were wary and distrustful, unwilling to accept aid. That all changed with the creation of our Biblioteca Intercultural - the Intercultural Library, providing books and literature in refugees' native languages. One of the most emotionally and intellectually painful parts of long-term displacement is being completely cut off from one’s native language and culture, without literature, without children’s books to pass on culture to the next generation, often without the ability to even have a conversation in a land where no one shares your native tongue. The reading material provided by our Intercultural Library is a cultural lifeline, offering not only education and entertainment but satisfying the basic human need for stories and ideas. As our founder Donatella put it:
“Offering people aid isn’t enough; first they need to trust you enough to believe you will actually help them. Our intercultural library achieves that, by making people feel welcome and showing we have a basic respect for their humanity. Once you give someone a book, a piece of culture, then they know you respect them, and become willing to accept medical and other aid.”
Our intercultural library is an awe-inspiring place, clean library chairs and row on row of bright, cheerful bookcases welcoming readers of Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Ethiopian, French, Korean, and English too.  An incredibly human place where anyone can feel connected, respected, and welcome.



Soon the clinic was packed, and our services were able to expand to include language lessons including special classes just for women, prenatal seminars, and legal aid navigating Italian and international aid systems. Our library also started to host events, from children's birthday parties and intercultural barbecues to music performances and sing-alongs, offering a sense of community, belonging, and joy to individuals families who need it so desperately.






The amazing thing about microcharities like ours which work in the cracks between the big ones, is that even a tiny donation can revolutionize our efforts, and touch the lives of thousands. We received our very first international donation in 2015, just a few thousand dollars raised by a college science fiction club, but even that little sale of books and baked goods was enough to let us expand their operations to start giving arrival kits to every newcomer, including shoes, a towel, personal hygiene materials, new socks and underwear, and a backpack for personal possessions.



That first fundraiser also helped them prepare for the harsher cold months, and fully stock their winter clinic for the first time in their many years of work


In 2017 we were given a new space to expand their library to five times its original size.  With a lot of volunteer hours, small financial donations, and some gifts of books from authors around the world, we held the ribbon-cutting on our new library at the end of 2018 and are now able start hosting larger-scale classes and concerts, all through the hard work of a tiny team. 




Now with your help we hope to expand our efforts even more: to stock our clinic for winter, to keep giving shoes, soap, and clean necessities to all arrivals, to extend more education and legal services, and to continue to expand our library and the sense of community and humanity it restores. Every small donation will make a huge difference to our tiny team, and our ability to pass it on to thousands of others. Thank you!


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Tiers
Basic Welcome
$1 or more per month

Every little bit helps adds up. Even a dollar a month can buy soap or sterile pads to help our clinic or stuff our welcome bags, and give those in need what they need most. You will get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time.

Benvenuto! (Italian for Welcome)
$5 or more per month

Our budget is tiny, so even $5 a month means one more refugee who gets a new pair of shoes after a long journey, or two who get a life-saving dose of vaccine. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time.

Bienvenue! (French for Welcome)
$10 or more per month

$10 a month can buy new children's books in much-needed languages, or fund bureaucratic aid to help a refugee register for benefits, or contact family to let them know they're safe. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. 

سلام (Arabic for Welcome)
$25 or more per month

Help at this level can provide entire welcome kits for new arrivals, legal aid for those in difficulty, language lessons, food for cultural events at the library, or life-saving medical supplies. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. And if you visit Rome we hope you'll visit the library and say hello.

እንኳን ደህና መጣህ። (Anharic for Welcome)
$50 or more per month

Larger donations like this can buy necessities for a whole arriving family every month, and cover the costs of arrival paperwork and the first legal steps toward safe resettlement. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. If you want one, you'll also get a holiday card from the kids and staff at our library. If you come to Rome, we hope you'll visit the library to say hello.

স্বাগত (Bengali for Welcome)
$75 or more per month

Donations on this scale can not only welcome families and provide healthcare, but also cover the monthly expenses of the library's heat, electricity, and internet which keeps the library warm and welcome for all.  You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. If you want one, you'll also get a holiday card from the kids and staff at the library. If you come to Rome, you can visit the library and we'll give you a tour, and get your photo taken with our volunteers.

歡迎光臨 (Mandarin for Welcome)
$100 or more per month

This life-changing gift will mean the difference between hope and despair for people who have lost everything. You'll get a photo emailed every month of Cittadini del Mondo's activities, and reports of what's going on from time to time. If you want one, you'll also get a holiday card from the kids our staff at the library. If you come to Rome, we'll give you a guided tour of the library and we hope you'll join us for lunch with some of the volunteers.

(for Welcome)
$500 or more per month

At this tier you are single-handedly expanding the possibilities. Even one backer at this tier will bring projects we had thought we could only aspire to years from now into our reach, from renovations, to new medical testing equipment, to entire programs. You'll receive a monthly photo, updates, a holiday card from the kids and staff if you want one, and if you come to Rome, we'll give you a guided tour of the library and we hope you'll join us for lunch with some of the volunteers who will be excited to discuss the new possibilities you have made real.  Thank you!