Abu Baker’s Story
Towards the end of February, Abu Baker came to the UK from Spain with his wife and child. He had no money, no English language skills, and no friends or family here. He came here looking for work because his family had suffered significant hardship from his wife's relations over a family dispute. However, as an EU National looking for work in this country, Abu Baker and his family have no right to social housing, are not entitled to help from the council, even if they become homeless, and are only entitled to certain benefits once they become ordinary residents.
How NZF helped
Abu Baker and his family were given accommodation in a mosque in West London for the first ten days of their stay. We were then contacted by one of our donors to let us know that they had become homeless. Alhamdulillah, since then the NZF has covered their accommodation and food costs and helped Recipient A to start to find work and stand on his own feet. With our support he has enrolled at the job centre, and applied for Jobseekers Allowance and other benefits. We have recently enrolled him on an intensive course of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) where he can learn to speak, read and write English, which has been his biggest barrier to getting work.