The glue that binds Haringey’s Turkish and Kurdish community’s most vulnerable, Refugee and Workers Cultural Association (RWCA) is a Tottenham-based educational and social charity that’s been changing lives for the better for three decades. But three weeks into lockdown, coronavirus was crippling some of their key services, like parent counselling, health awareness sessions and ESL (English as a second language) classes for refugee and asylum seeker women.
Thanks to our Haringey Heroes, the charity was able to deliver essential food supplies to the Turkish and Kurdish community’s hardest hit – the elderly, socially isolated and financially-stressed, whilst also transitioning some of their advocacy, advice and educational resources online. RWCA’s chairperson, Ibrahim Avcil, has experienced the outpouring of gratitude from the community, first-hand.
He says: “I was delivering some fresh food to a 75-year-old lady who told me ‘I don’t have anyone in this country, not even a flying bird. You risked yourself and brought me all this stuff from your centre. Thank you so much.”
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