We are raising funds to enable vulnerable refugees to come and rebuild their lives in Herne Hill, south east London.
68.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. This includes 25.4 million refugees.
The war in Syria has created over 5.5 million refugees who continue to face bleak living conditions in neighbouring countries. "There's no hope" was how one Syrian woman described her home at a refugee camp on the Syria-Turkey border. Afghanistan remains in turmoil, Yemen is suffering desperately and there are refugee camps in Kenya where Somali refugees have lived for generations.
Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees is part of the UK Government's community sponsorship scheme, which enables communities to be directly involved in the resettlement of refugees in need of protection in the UK. The refugees that we resettle are selected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from one of the world's many refugee camps.
We do everything from finding the refugees we resettle a place to live to supporting them to learn English. We would like to give them the best chance of settling well into our community and having a new place they can call home.
As you can imagine, moving to London and starting a new life does not come cheap. Your donation will go towards covering housing and furniture, school-start up costs, English language lessons, translation services, clothing and other essential needs, as well as the group's running costs.
We have partnered with Citizens UK, a registered UK charity. They will have oversight over how we spend the funds, which is a requirement of the Home Office. This is your chance to make a difference and change lives. Please donate today and share with anyone you think might want to help.
* If we fail to meet our fundraising target, we will re-assess our capacity to resettle more refugees. Should we raise more funds than required, the extra resources will go towards resettling further refugees and/or additional support to refugee families we have welcomed already if further needs arise.
PS. If you are interested in setting up a community sponsorship group of your own or would like more information on the scheme, please have a look here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-full-community-sponsorship