Getting Kind for Refugees: Making a Home in Wigan

Imagine having to leave your home for fear of your safety, and traveling with your family to start a new life in an unfamiliar country. It’s no secret that immigrants around the world face particular challenges as they struggle to take care of their loved ones. Recently, the Random Acts staff embarked on a coordinated effort to improve the lives of refugee families.  You can read the first story in our series here!

Meet Medfi

When Medfi came to the UK from the Republic of Congo, the entirety of her possessions fit into two suitcases. She escaped by herself from a place where as recently as last month, an ebola outbreak was still a very real threat.

Medfi and her new stove.

Though she was reluctant to talk about where she’s been, she was very excited to talk about what is ahead. She’s enrolled in a local college, where she will study Math and English to get her General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). After that, she’s hoping to go into a healthcare field, and has been looking at pre-nursing options.

Getting Connected

Looking for places to help refugees, Random Acts Regional Representative Alex Vincent reached out to local charity Support for Wigans Arrival Project. SWAP Wigans helps out refugees and asylum seekers in the Wigan Borough, which is located on the edge of Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom. They provide one-on-one advocacy and case work as well as educational resources. They were able to connect her with Medfi, who had just recently moved into her new flat. Unfortunately, she didn’t have many of the essentials you need when you’re making your new house a home.

Medfi and her new washing machine.

Through donations to Random Acts, Alex was able to purchase a new stove and a washing machine for Medfi’s new place. Alex was also able to secure a new bed, microwave, and some bedding and towels. As you can tell from the pictures, Medfi is extremely proud of her new home. We wish her the best in her new life!

Do you know someone who could use a little extra kindness? Random Acts may be able to help! Learn more about our Sponsored Acts and tell us how you’d like to get kind!