When Refugee Action launched our Coronavirus Emergency Fund in March, they had no idea that their supporters would give more than £150,000 in three months, and no clue about the extent to which Covid-19 would so swiftly change life in the UK.
Nobody could have predicted the precise effects of this pandemic. However, it was immediately clear to them that refugees and people seeking asylum would be among the most vulnerable as the crisis took hold.
When so many services, activities, meet-ups and elements of everyday life moved online so quickly, it was easy to take for granted the laptops and phones that made a degree of normality possible.
But the lack of money that makes all other areas of life so difficult for people seeking asylum – most live on less than £40 per week – means they’re less likely to have access to digital essentials as well. When communication became reliant on devices, data and internet access, families had to start choosing between food and human contact.
Refugee Action have helped hundreds of people, but they still need money to keep supporting those in the most dire need.
Your donation can be made here.