The profile of this community appears elsewhere on this site.
Carol, Lorna and Mary are all very committed to their work among those in need in their local area, and this community is an example of support given by the Province's Ministry Support Fund.
The Refugee and Migrant Project
The Refugee and Migrant Project (RAMP) is a voluntary organisation offering good services to asylum seekers and refugees in the London Borough of Newham. This borough contains one of the highest proportions ol asylum seekers and refugees in this country.
RAMP has an Advocacy and Support Team which offers advice on housing, welfare benefits, immigration and race issues to many asylum seekers and refugees. much time is spent listening to and counselling people who have had traumatic experiences in their own country and are now facing a bleak and unwelcoming atmosphere here in this country.
The many Immigration Laws that have been introduced in this country over the past few years have left many asylum seekers and others without papers, destitute. They are not allowed to work, receive no benefits and are homeless. Many sleep on the floor of a friend. Overcrowding is the norm in some of these families.
RAMP is at present supporting between 90 - 100 families and individuals who have no other financial support with basic food parcels each week The food is provided from donations from local churches, schools and other groups. However this is insufficient for their needs and RAMP is in desperate need of help. It is difficult to appeal for assistance more widely in this country in this matter as some of the media seem to have a campaign against asylum seekers and the Government appears to respond by making more stringent laws.
We are really grateful that the Province has supported this project for many years.
Mary Barrow RSCJ