“I am an asylum seeker and a single mum with 4 young children, and I joined RWoB in 2019 just before Christmas.
Before I joined RWoB, I was struggling with daily communication due to my language barriers. I often felt left out, not knowing what is going on or what lies ahead. I struggled to look after and provide for my children. I did not have many friends and felt lonely and isolated. At the beginning of the first lockdown, I was scared and panicked – what is happening? What am I supposed to do? Will my children and I catch the virus? How am I going to look after 4 children on my own? What if I lose contact with other people? Will I have enough food? When can I see my husband in another town and be with him again?
I have received a lot of support from RWoB! They have given my children presents, toys, gift cards, milk and nappies, food parcels, food vouchers, hardship funds, essential items, mobile data top-ups and laptops/tablets for my children’s remote learning. They have made regular wellbeing checks on me and my children and encouraged me to befriend other members.
They are lifesavers – without them, my children and I would not be able to go through the lockdown. On top of all the support I received, the community worker contacted me regularly throughout the whole year to explain to me and translate for me all sorts of information, guidelines, government letters, school emails, etc. Most of all, the community worker has spent a lot of time listening to me and prayed with me when I was feeling down and scared. The very best news is that with the huge amount of kind help from the community worker of RWoB our family reunion finally happened at the end of February! I could be with my husband and the children finally could be with their father again! My husband, my children and I are ever so grateful for all the heartfelt support and kind help we have received from RWoB. Thank you and may God bless you!”.
Member – March 2021