In our latest blog post, we discuss how Migrant Action have helped individuals during the COVID19 pandemic, and how they have successfully been able to get back in to further education.
I first contacted Migrant Action in 2019 and received a warm welcome by all. Migrant Action kept in contact with me and supported me with issues regarding university and immigration requirements.
During these unprecedented times, Migrant Action supported me and my family with food parcels and food vouchers during the COVID19 pandemic and continued to advise and support me which helped improve my mental well-being.
I have also participated in the Migrant Action leadership programme which has helped me identify my weaknesses and embrace them positively, and turn them into strengths. I have been able to expand my networking skills which have developed my confidence, which would not have been possible without this course.
After being out of education for nearly three years now, I applied for a scholarship which will allow me to start studying again. Migrant Action assured me that this will enhance my confidence and deepen my faith that education will further my development.
I did however encounter some difficulty with the Home Office, who stated that I could not study despite holding a sanctuary scholarship. In a country like the UK, it is a basic human right to be able to study and further my education. With the help of organisations like Migrant Action and my solicitor Richard Burgon MP, the decision that I could not study was overturned and I was finally able to return to my studying and start a new chapter in my life.
I don’t want to be defined by my immigration status. Migrant action has inspired me not to give up and to face challenges head-on with a smile. I will always rise above the challenges I face in society, and I will dream big, and be thankful for the support from Migrant Action.