The festive season can be an especially desperate time for refugees, many of whom suffer loneliness, homelessness and destitution, far from family and friends.
As a result, the Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF), which works with refugees and victims of human trafficking, has launched an urgent appeal to give extra support to these marginalised people.
The HBF, supported by the Pureland Foundation, cares for men, women and families who have suffered extreme exploitation and abuse. Often, their suffering is compounded by inadequate and unsuitable housing, threats of homelessness and absolute poverty.
Even a small donation can make a huge difference to such people’s lives.
Rose has been a client of HBF for two years. She was trafficked into the UK by a criminal gang who forced her to leave her two small children behind.
For almost three years, Rose was made to work as a prostitute until she was rescued by the police and referred to HBF. The Helen Bamber Foundation found Rose a safe house and provided her with therapy to overcome the abuse she had endured. Its legal team helped her apply for refugee status and reunited Rose with her children.
Having made huge progress at HBF, Rose and her family now faced a further challenge. Forced to find somewhere new to live and struggling to provide her children with basic essentials including food and clothes, Rose’s psychological condition worsened.
The ongoing generosity of the public once again allowed HBF to find appropriate accommodation and welfare support for the family. It provided Rose with vital emergency relief to feed and clothe her children
With Rose’s family now safe and well cared for, her psychological symptoms have improved. The family are at last looking forward to a safe and happy Christmas together.
To help the Helen Bamber Foundation support society’s most vulnerable people this festive season, please make a donation in one of the following ways:
Online by clicking here
By telephone on 020 3058 2043
By post to: Helen Bamber Foundation, Bruges Place, 15-20 Baynes Street, London NW1 0TF