The centre normally runs on Sunday afternoons in a school in Hackney, where members share food, access resources, socialise, and take part in classes and activities (this includes a children’s space). Between 250-300 people regularly come to Akwaaba.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we no longer have access to the school, and are unable to run the social centre as usual. We are still providing take-away meals on Sundays at a nearby church, but are unable to provide our usual range of activities and support. This is happening at the same time as many other organisations and services used by our members, such as food banks, advice centres and support groups are having to close their doors. With the government implementing emergency legislation increasing powers of arrest and detention while continuing to enforce a hostile environment for migrants, people with precarious migration status, insecure housing and lack of access to state support are being pushed even further to the margins of society.
We urgently need to raise funds to support those within the Akwaaba community who will be directly impacted by the wider effects of this pandemic, and who will be struggling to meet their basic needs.
The money raised will be used to provide hardship funds for food and other essential living costs, as well as for communications technology, which is especially crucial in the current context. In particular, we want to ensure that those members of Akwaaba who are street homeless have phones, power banks and fast chargers and that all families with children have adequate devices and internet access/data so that the children can access learning resources and connect to their friends throughout the school closure period.
We particularly urge those with larger pockets and secure incomes, who are likely to be saving money (normally spent on travel, going out, etc.) as a result of the pandemic to act in solidarity and give generously!
More information for this fundraiser can be found on their social media pagesTwitter
Akwaaba is a volunteer-run social centre for migrants. We offer a space for rest, play, learning and mutual support. We believe that no-o...