An image of the 'house for peace' from the website of the Fondazione Città della Pace | Source: Fondazione Città della Pace website / ANSA
An image of the 'house for peace' from the website of the Fondazione Città della Pace | Source: Fondazione Città della Pace website / ANSA

Housing facilities at the Fondazione Città della Pace in the southern towns of Sant'Arcangelo and Scanzano Jonico, in the Basilicata region, are ready to host the first families of refugees with children, the organization said on August 3. The initiative is supported by actress Sharon Stone.

New housing units at the Fondazione Città della Pace in the Basilicata towns of Sant'Arcangelo and Scanzano Jonico are ready to host the first families of refugees with children, the foundation's president, Enzo Cursio, announced on August 3.

The accommodation, according to a statement published by the organization, includes "three housing units built around a courtyard which was designed by star architect Mario Cucinella."#

The units were "donated by entrepreneurs Pasquale Natuzzi and Nicola Benedetto," and have been "completed and are ready to host the first families of refugees with children."

Last stages completed

During a visit on August 2, Cursio took a tour of the "furniture made by refugees" hosted through Italy's System of reception and integration (SAI) in Rionero in Vulture, a town in Basilicata, "which is managed together with (non-profit organization) Arci and a carpentry workshop."

The foundation said the last administrative steps have been completed in order to start the project, and that the aims of the project have been defined together with the parish church of Santissima Assunta, which will manage the humanitarian corridor project funded by the Catholic charity Caritas.

Actress and human rights activist Sharon Stone joined the event in a video call. Stone is a supporter of the project promoted by Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams (1943-2020). Stone was quoted by the foundation as saying that "the courage and humanity shown here are an example for people around the world and I am very lucky to be able to contribute to the project."

 

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