Sudanese asylum seeker Nada was desperate for a new start when she arrived in the UK. But without the ability to work, and no family around to support her, things were still very tough. Before long, she ended up homeless.
Here’s how your Zakat came to the rescue in her moment of need.
Thanks to your Zakat this Ramadan will be amazing for me. We might not be able to spend it the way we usually would; perhaps Iftar and Taraweeh will even be cancelled again. And as an asylum seeker, my life is still far from easy. But thanks to the support I received through NZF, which has helped me get through one of the most difficult times in my life, you’ve reminded me what it feels like to be part of a strong supportive community.
I fled the country I loved because I had no choice. It wasn’t safe anymore. It wasn’t an easy decision, and I had to risk a lot, but arriving in the UK felt like a fresh start.
But despite everything I’ve been through, being alone in a new country, with no money and no family around to look out for me, is one of the hardest things I’ve experienced. I ended up homeless, and if it wasn’t for some of my friends letting me sleep on their sofas, I’m not sure what I would have done.
The asylum claim process was already known to be very slow, but when COVID hit, things pretty much came to a halt. While I waited to find out if I would be granted asylum, I was placed in Government housing, but the property didn’t have basic furniture, or even a fridge.
Your Zakat helped me cover the basics like food and clothes and provided me with some furniture and kitchen appliances. The new start I’d hope for finally feels like it could become a reality.
Up and down the country, Muslims like Nada are facing hardship and desperation. Let’s try to make this Ramadan amazing for everyone, including those of us who are struggling to get by.
Based on a true story.