Hi, I am Raga! I live in Folkestone, and I work with JRS to support their outreach work in Napier Barracks. On the 8th of October, I am walking 100km for refugees.
I will walk the Camino de Santiago, a large network of Pilgrim routes that stretch across Europe, and all converge on Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. The first time I heard about the Camino was through a Spanish friend whom I met in one of my previous challenges. I was telling her about my passion for working with refugees and my passion for supporting them, she recommended the Camino. What also drew me to it is the religious history behind it, I was curious to learn more and explore this place. Having people in one place to unite and share the existence of God brings joy to my heart.
I am walking for JRS because I love how JRS staff and volunteers create space for their friends: where they feel welcome. Their accompaniment work is what inspires me the most and what makes them stand out from other organisations that support refugees. You have no idea what kind of difference someone can make by making a destitute refugee feel welcome. From a personal experience, it means so much, and I hear that a lot from our refugee friends.
Your donation will support refugee friends to access justice, visit friends, participate in community, and live a flourishing life. Thank you for your support in advance!
£10 could provide a monthly mobile credit and data top-up to ensure friends are in touch with charities and loved ones
£30 could provide a refugee friend with a month’s hardship grants to purchase fresh food
£100 could help provide 20 toiletry packs for our refugee friends (including shampoo, soap, toothpaste..)
£200 could enable the JRS legal team to prepare detailed advice for two refugee friends
Your donation will support refugees friends to access justice, visit friends, participate in community and live a flourishing life. Thank you for your support in advance!
I am grateful for being healthy and it is a privilege to have the freedom to help others who are in need. I was a refugee and I know the struggles that refugees go through. Being able to make a small difference in someone’s life makes my heart full.
Together, we advocate for a reformed asylum system founded on justice, designed for the welfare of refugees and not for their harm.
Understanding the challenges faced by refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants calls us to respond with meaningful solutions. We offer practical assistance to those we accompany, responding to the individual’s needs, whether they find themselves destitute or detained under immigration rules.
Walking humbly alongside forced migrants lies at the heart of the JRS mission and is an essential ingredient of our service to and advocacy for refugees. It is based on the belief that encounter, mutual relationship and community are fundamental to human flourishing; the solid foundation upon which to support and assist, in practical ways, those who seek refuge in the UK.
Please make cheques payable to “Jesuit Refugee Service” and send to:
Jesuit Refugee Service UK
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre
2 Chandler Street
Every month, JRS UK welcome more than 300 refugees left destitute by the asylum system, and visit scores of people held in detention. Our refugee friends find comfort and hope be feeling accompanied during difficult situations. A donation every month will ensure the consistency and reliability of our services to support refugees in the UK.
You can help raise money for JRS anytime you shop on-line through Give As You Live. Over 3,000 on-line retailers will give a donation to us as a charity every time you make a purchase. This income provides resources for setting up smaller projects that we cannot get grants for.