For eight years, the war in Syria has raged. We’ve all seen the photos of flattened buildings, people killed or injured, and families torn apart, creating the world’s largest refugee crisis and forcing people into camps in Lebanon and Jordan. Life in these refugee camps is precarious, and most families dream of being able to settle down somewhere to start afresh and rebuild their lives.

Together with St Mary’s Woodford, Our Lady of Lourdes, St Gabriel’s and St Peter-in-the-Forest, we have formed a Community Sponsorship group in order to support and absorb a refugee family into our community with the support of RESETUK and the Home Office.

To this end, we have set up a Crowdfunder to raise funds for the most expensive element, namely housing. Click on the link or visit bit.ly/refugeewelcomewanstead to know more.

 

With 40 days to run, we hope this campaign is one that will be well supported during Lent. We can’t solve all the conflicts of the world, but we believe that if we can help one family, we should. With your help, we can make all the difference in the world to a family who has suffered the loss of their livelihoods and home by bringing them to a safe place, welcomed by a loving community who will help them to build a new life and to integrate in their new home.