This is an little update to explain what we are doing with the donations you have kindly given to us so far and why we have decided to increase the target of this campaign.
We would like to report that so far we have financially supported over 40 households/50people (in addition to offering translation, interpreting and signposting to many others). When we started this crowdfunder campaign, we had envisioned supporting 10 families financially for up to four weeks, but many more people have requested our support; we also have a waiting list. From these families we have supported, many were still left without any income by the end of the four weeks.
We have decided to increase the campaign target to be able to continue offering support to these families/people that need it until they can resolve their current situation.
We are grateful for any donations you can make. And we really welcome ongoing donations if you are in a position to do that. For your information, we provide £60 to people living on their own and £100 to families, per week.
Please note, we are still looking for funds from private donors to make sure a fairer redistribution of resources is achieved.
Thank you for your support so far!
Apoyo Comunitario Sur de Londres
Coronavirus affects all aspects of our lives and of our communities across the country, but the way in which each of us experience this crisis is differently mediated by various systems of oppression. As a result of years of hostile immigration policies, people from migrant communities have often been kept in insecure low-paid precarious jobs and are now being hit the hardest by the UK government's slow and inadequate response to this crisis. Whilst many continue to work on the frontline without appropriate protection, others have been abruptly laid off from their jobs and have been left with no income to pay for rent, food or medication. Many of them cannot access any form of public funds, because of a perverse government policy (‘No Recourse to Public Funds’- NRPF) that prevents people with insecure immigration status to access vital public support (e.g. welfare benefits, healthcare, women’s refuges) which they should always be entitled to, particularly so during a global health crisis. Despite calls for the immediate abolishment of this policy, the government has refused to act.
This COVID19 hardship fund would allow us to continue building the support for migrant communities, where the government has failed them.
The migrant Latinx and Spanish/Portuguese-speaking community is likely to be particularly affected and in need of this support, in particular women (especially those with children), LGBQTI+, the elderly, and disabled people, and those with insecure immigration status. A large proportion of the Latin American community have no access to public funds, work in precarious jobs such as cleaning and catering and live in inadequate housing conditions. Therefore, they will face the crisis in much more acute ways.
Who are we?
A group of Latinx based in South London started "Apoyo comunitario Sur de Londres", as an attempt to help translate vital information in Spanish and Portuguese, and to signpost people to local mutual aid groups and other community organisations that understand and support the needs of migrant communities. During this process, we have started to receive requests from families and individuals who cannot access existing help because of their NRPF status, and therefore are in acute need of financial support. This is the reason why we have created this crowdfunder campaign: to offer some support to those who the current system is totally failing. We are also looking to apply for funding from grant making organisations, but we are conscious this process will take some time and many people can't wait for that. Please consider donating to this if you can!
How do we plan to spend this money?
We are committed to supporting 10 families/households with the following financial support:
* £100 per week for families / £60 per week for individuals - for 4 weeks for basic needs. These include food, utility bills, medicines, or anything else people may need.
* £20 one-off emergency payment for up to 40 families/households
Please note: We are currently working with the Latin American community only, but we will also consider financially supporting other migrant communities in South London who are facing financial hardships as a result of COVID19.
- Gabriela Lima
- Julia Zanolli
Apoyo Comunitario en el Sur de Londres
North Dulwich, ENG