Could you host a refugee family?
An associate has recently agreed to host a Ukrainian mother named Aisel and her two children - both boys, Timur is 10 and Onur is 4 - as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
They fled Kharkiv in the early days after the start of the war, along with her sister and her own two children. All six of them are currently living in Poland together but the conditions are not sustainable.
Her sister hasn't as yet been able to find a sponsor/host, and as I'm sure you can imagine Aisel is distressed about the prospect of having to leave her sister and her two nephews behind on their own in Poland.
Her sister is a doctor (gynaecologist) with 14-year-old and 9-year-old boys. They all speak some English already (the 9-year-old less so, but has the basics). She has been offered a paid role at Warwick University if she can find a sponsor so will find it relatively easy to settle here, especially with her sister will be already living in the area and therefore will provide additional family/emotional support
Locally there is a refugee charity working in partnership with the University who will do much of the background work so it will be relatively straightforward to set things up. They did the same for us with Aisel and her children.
If you Can help, or know someone who may be able to do so, please get in touch by contacting
HAND IN HAND WITH REFUGEES AT firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any issues, please contact Trevor.email@example.com and I will help with the details.
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