At Donate4Refugees our mission is to ease the daily struggle for refugee children, women and men in Europe's hot spots, to restore dignity and empower them to realise their full potential once more.

 

We stand #WithRefugees. Are you in?

We stand #WithRefugees

"I recently visited the Greek arrival islands of Chios and Lesvos to volunteer helping refugees. And I found myself having a wonderful time surrounded by inspiring, beautiful people.

 

"But it's those very people who need our help. Now. Today.

 

"...because their asylum claims take too long to process (some have been waiting two years), because the cash cards aren't enough to live off and the government food is largely inedible, because most arrive with only the clothes on their backs and no one is responsible for getting them more, because refugee camps are in the middle of nowhere hushed away from society, because refugees live in tents and ISO boxes rather than in homes, because half of refugees are children and precious few are in school, because medical and dental care is insufficient and because there's poor wifi and nothing to do and mental health issues are on the rise....

 

"Because of all these things, and more, refugees still very much need OUR help - yours and mine. Without our help their essential needs for life: food, water, shelter, clothes, community and education, aren't being met. It's taking ordinary people like us, from the UK and around the world, to show refugees we care by volunteering ourselves, or making a donation to help grassroots groups such as those we proudly support. We stand #WithRefugees. Are you in?"

Amber Bauer, Founder, Donate4Refugees

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Refugees on the Greek arrival island of Lesvos

Safe boat landings, lesvos

"Refugee 4 Refugees is a team of volunteers supporting refugees who survive the dinghy crossing from Turkey and arrive to Lesvos. Working with other aid groups we spot boats, help them land safely, rescue people from the water, take them to the nearby camp and give them hot food and tea. Every day we save the lives of desperate people who have risked everything to cross the Mediterranean."

Your donation today will go towards buying essentials like food and water, generator fuel and vehicle fuel. Your gift could save lives.

Refugees are ordinary people, like you and I

"I would like to say thank you very much for helping us when we had the baby. My wife and I ran away from war, from death, from terror. We are now determined to raise our child well, complete our education, and see a fragment of the life we would have had in Syria."

Mohammed

"The volunteers interact very kindly with us. They don't treat us like refugees they treat us as if we are members of their own family. This is something that gives us a lot of ease and comfort after everything we have been through."

Valia

"Greece is part of my life now. I want to say thanks to all my awesome friends who support me here. I want to say that difficult moments introduced us to each other. My story is to be continued..."

~ Abdulazez

"We were very normal people living normal lives until the war came and demolished every beautiful image in Syria. We Syrians who refused to become part of the civil war have now somehow become a crisis ourselves."

Kader

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From Rachel Matthews post today... A number of people have asked what happened with Eyob. This is still so raw but I will try to give a brief explanation to draw attention to the reasons behind his ...

Donate4Refugees is in Harrow, United Kingdom.

Are you passionate about strengthening young people and making a difference? Because volunteers are needed to support young refugees!

Contact kateduffy@paiwand.com

Message from Kate -

Hello friends. Paiwand is looking for mentors to join our team of supportive, passionate and approachable volunteers to help unaccompanied minors adjust to life in London. If you're interested please drop me an email on kateduffy@paiwand.com for a job description. We have a training session in Harrow on 30th September so get in touch fast!
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Are you passionate about strengthening young people and making a difference? Because volunteers are needed to support young refugees! 

Contact kateduffy@paiwand.com 

Message from Kate - 

Hello friends. Paiwand is looking for mentors to join our team of supportive, passionate and approachable volunteers to help unaccompanied minors adjust to life in London. If youre interested please drop me an email on kateduffy@paiwand.com for a job description. We have a training session in Harrow on 30th September so get in touch fast!

Donate4Refugees is feeling defeated in Swansea, United Kingdom.

From Rachel Matthews post today...

A number of people have asked what happened with Eyob. This is still so raw but I will try to give a brief explanation to draw attention to the reasons behind his death.

My name is Rachel I run a project called Bloom which welcomes and supports refugees and asylum seekers in Swansea, I also work in Mumbles Foodbank. Eyob was referred to me about 16 months ago by someone who said he needed support. I went to meet Eyob and he explained his situation. Eyob was from Ethiopia and he was an asylum seeker who's case had been refused , the home office made him destitute. This means they made him homeless, they stopped all financial support and told him he wasn't allowed to work. Now you tell me what do you think will happen to someone who has everything stripped away ?
He lived like this for over a year. When I met him I started taking him food, we bought him some shoes and built a friendship. Eyob had a very deep voice, he was gentle and quiet. Eyob was always so thankful for any support he received. At this time Eyob was very much part of different communities in Swansea he was assistant coach for the Unity in Diversity team , he volunteered there, he helped us every week at foodbank packing boxes , carrying donations and was very much part of the team.

I noticed a change in Eyob when his friend was murdered , he was also a destitute asylum seeker from Ethiopia. The death hit him hard and he started to say some odd things which made me worry. Eyob's life started to crumble and he lost his place in the accomodation he was staying in he stopped going to community drop ins, stopped football , I didn't hear from him as much and he was sleeping all the time . I was worried he was depressed and started to fear for his safety. I went with Eyob to see his GP and a mental health nurse who were extremely unhelpful. The mental health nurse wasn't supportive suggested Eyob was on drugs, this wasn't true. They refused to give him a mental health assessment and said it was his situation making him depressed and they couldn't change that. I sat in that doctors room holding my tears back and when we got outside he looked at me and said "so they won't help me?". I then called crisis teams , homeless projects and noone offered any help or advice .

His life continued to unravel he stayed with friends and then a hostel where he couldn't sleep. Two weeks ago he called me from hospital he had tried to end his life , I was stunned to be told that they stitched him up and dropped him back in town with nowhere to sleep that night. What did they think would happen ? My parents gave him a bed while we tried to sort out something more permanent, he slept most of the time . We tried to give him options for his future but looking back now I realise he had already decided he wanted to die so he wouldn't engage. He went out Saturday to a party with friends and when he left the party that was the last time anyone saw or heard from him . I went out searching for him , I went to his favourite places , spoke to his friends but no-one had heard from him. I feared the worst and then Thursday the police called us in and told us they had found his body in the Marina.

The pain of hearing this was devastating and I also felt so angry firstly at the Home office who make people destitute which to some is a death sentence and secondly to our mental health services who failed him in his hour of need when on 2 occasions they could have intervened.

There will be an inquest into his death and and I hope people are held to account. We lost a beautiful friend , a life gone that could have achieved so much. His death could have been avoided.

I will remember the kind gentle soul who used to call me Ratch , Im sorry Eyob that you made it to the UK full of hopes to have it all ripped away, Im sorry there was no safety net to catch you. I will now fight to in your words "Bring change " for others in your situation.

Be kind people you don't know what difference it makes to others xxx

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Eyob, was an asylum seeker from Ethiopia. Made destitute by the Home Office, stripped of his rights and any support. Eyob had sought help for his mental health…

Sophie Hetherington HeywoodJust awful I'm so sorry to hear this xxxxxx

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Sherry BehanMakes me ashamed to be British. 😔😢

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