Waltham Forest Council has launched the Waltham Forest Refugee Appeal, a crowdfunding campaign to support local groups providing essential support to refugees in Waltham Forest and the surrounding areas.
The appeal aims to harness the great response from the Waltham Forest community to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan with crowdfunded donations going towards local charities and community groups working tirelessly to support new and existing refugees and asylum seekers in the area.
Thousands of refugees are currently being supported in short term temporary accommodation across the UK, while existing asylum seekers from Afghanistan and across the world continue to face an uncertain future.
The council expects more Afghans will arrive in the UK through unofficial routes in the coming weeks and months and hopes the funds will help local charities and organisations to continue to provide their services and support.
Council leader, Grace Williams, said: “As one of the most diverse boroughs in the most diverse city in the world, Waltham Forest has a long and proud history of welcoming people from across the world.
“Just as we did during the Syrian refugee crisis, we have begun to support people fleeing Afghanistan into our borough while at the same time ensuring they have the support they and their families need.
“As a council we already support 54 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children as well as 38 children with families as part of our commitment to help those in dire need from around the world.
“We know that many volunteers, charities and local groups continue to work tirelessly to support new arrivals. We will harness the goodwill and community spirit in Waltham Forest by launching a crowd funder for those whose circumstances allow, with donations raised going to frontline organisations supporting the crisis locally.”
The crowdfunding campaign is being hosted on Crowdfunder UK, the UK’s biggest crowdfunding platform. Donations can be made visiting: https://crowdfunder.co.uk/waltham-forest-refugee-appeal. The crowdfunder is expected to run for five weeks.