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    Weʼve raised £150 to fund Hopetowns unique social and support space - from refugees for refugees in London.

    London, Vereinigtes Königreich
    Funded on Tuesday, 30th April 2019

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    Hopetowns: Friendship and hope against all odds.

    We provide an oasis of hope and friendship for refugees during difficult times. We bring an end to the isolation and encourage self-empowerment and leadership.

    The London-based Hopetowns project emerged from the solidarity and support structures of the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp in northern France. Spearheaded by one of the former Calais camp community leaders, Hopetowns aims to support the successful integration and well-being of refugees into British society, by starting at the early stage of an individual’s asylum process.

    Since February 2018, Hopetowns has been working to achieve its aims through concrete solutions to everyday problems intertwined with a welcoming atmosphere and emotional support. Our current programme has seen great success and widespread interest among refugees in London, with many of our classes having been attended by up to twenty-five students at a time.

    Highlights from 2018:

    During spring 2018, we started offering weekly English and IT classes, which were attended by individuals from several different accommodation centres and countries.

    During Ramadan 2018, we hosted Iftar dinners every week, which were attended by asylum-seekers, refugees as well as homeless people.

    In summer 2018, we organised a trip to the seaside, in Southend. More than 20 people came along to this outing, and we received very good feedback.

    In autumn 2018, the number of students increased, and we started also providing basic maths classes.

    We had more than 15 different volunteers providing teaching, support and befriending services.

    We have had students from Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, Syria and Kuwait.

    We helped prevent destitution by helping with housing cases for eight people.

    We helped with family reunification cases for four families.

    We help people to fill out forms, and accompany people to meetings with the local council and other authorities, and provide general support.

    We help with translations and interpretation, and answered any general queries about society.

    Testimonies from volunteers:

    Afaf, Maths teacher: “Hopetowns is important because it’s a place where multiple cultures can come together. We don’t help just one group, but rather people from all around the world. It’s not about religion, people from any countries are welcome and it also gives an opportunity for us as volunteers to learn from students and each other.”

    Mautasim, support worker: “Sometimes the people we support don’t even know about their rights, eg their right to register with a GP, or how to integrate into the societies and into the community. Many have come from a conflict area and some might have been in places like Calais for long and difficult periods. We support them and tell them about their rights. We support asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their claim, and also those with refugee status."

    We now need your help to keep Hopetowns up and running!

    After an amazing year 2018 we are now in urgent needs of funds to continue and expand our services. We are completely volunteer-run but your donation can help to make sure that rent and materials for the next months is secured and Hopetowns can continue offering a safe and welcoming place to refugees and asylum seekers in London.

    Thank you!



    • Fee Mira Gerlach1 year ago
      Fee Mira Gerlach

      Fee Mira Gerlach

      1 year ago

      Read about Hopetowns achievements in 2018. This would not have been possible without the generous support of our wonderful donors! Thank you Thank you Thank you

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    • Anonymous


      Mar 9, 2019

      Lovely kind caring project. Wishing you the best

    • Anonymous


      Feb 28, 2019

      Keep going with the wonderful work and hello to my friend Samir , a wonderful man


    • suzanne harrington

      suzanne harrington

      Feb 25, 2019

      Hopetowns keep up your amazing work


    • Julia Dixon

      Julia Dixon

      Dec 24, 2018

      Keep up the good work!


    • Naz


      Dec 12, 2018

      Hopetowns has created such an amazing and supportive environment. Good luck with continuing the great work!


    • suzanne harrington

      suzanne harrington

      Nov 15, 2018

      Keep up your amazing work.


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    London, Vereinigtes Königreich

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