Action for Refugees in Lewisham
AFRIL is a grassroots charity in London, working with refugees and asylum seekers to relieve poverty and social isolation.
We are a small locally run charity based in Lewisham, one of the most deprived local authority areas in England, with a very high refugee and asylum seeker population.
We work to relieve poverty and isolation amongst this vulnerable group, advance their education, and provide services to improve social integration.
Since our creation in 2006, we continue to help an average of 120 people in our local community each week - with education, family support services, and access to emergency supplies.
Come join us at The Talbot on Wednesday 27th July at 7:30 pm for our regular pub quiz!
Today AFRIL received a generous £1,000 donation from Barclays, which will go towards maintaining our core services and running costs. AFRIL are extremely grateful for the donation, which will have an enormous impact on our ability to support local refugees and migrants.
Barclays Wealth employee Karen Wild raised £500 through a company multi-cultural lunch, held at the Barclays Wealth branch in Canary Wharf to celebrate diversity and multi-culturalism. Barclays then fund-matched the remaining £500, bringing the total to £1,000.
At the event this morning, Karen Wild presented AFRIL’s founder Iolanda Chirico with the £1000 cheque in a show of support to refugees and migrants. The International Department of Barclays Wealth has over 100 employees who speak 30 different languages between them, so AFRIL seemed the perfect charity to donate to.
“I found out about Afril by chance when I was looking for a venue to hold a weekly playgroup. I spoke to Iolanda about what the charity does and immediately wanted to help as it was so clear the direct impact Afril has in helping refugees”, said Karen.
Commenting on donation, Iolanda said, "AFRIL is honoured to have Karen Wild as our long-term supporter. The money raised will contribute to the costs of running our ESOL classes and also our advice service and Saturday school for children aged between 4-11.We continue to see an average of 130 people per week from 40 different nationalities, many with young children and living in poverty and isolation and some being street homeless. Many have fled from their countries escaping from persecution and war and are keen to rebuild their lives and be safe in London. Help us to help them."
The event was attended by AFRIL staff and volunteers and offered a chance for Barclays employees to find out more about AFRIL’s work in the community. The donation will have an enormously positive impact on AFRIL’s ability to support Lewisham refugees and migrants.