52 Lives

#278 Sajee

Request: Donations / Gifts / Kind Messages

This week, we’d like to help a family of 4, who are all living in one room.

The mum, Sajee, was tortured in her home country and sought asylum in the UK with her family. She has 2 children, aged 3 and 7, and she is 5 months pregnant. She also has PTSD.

They were staying with someone they knew, who then moved, so they were left homeless and have now been housed temporarily in a small hotel room.

Living in one room would be hard at the best of times, but lockdown has made it even worse. The hotel provides basic meals, and the family has £40 a week left to live on (they aren’t allowed to work yet). After they buy extra food for the children, there isn't much left. 

The 7 year old boy is classed as vulnerable, so is allowed to go to school during lockdown. But he hasn’t been attending. The school's family support worker got in touch with the family to find out why, and discovered it was because they couldn't afford the bus fare. For 1 child and 1 adult it is £28 a week – which would have left them with just £12.

With your help, we’d love to make this time easier for the whole family. We’d like to raise funds to buy them bus passes so the little boy can go to school, provide school shoes, a backpack and all the other school supplies he needs, buy grocery vouchers so they can supplement the meals they’re given with more fruit and vegetables, provide more clothing, as well as some toys and crafts to keep the youngest child entertained.

Any funds we raise above what is needed for these things will be used to help the family buy things for their new baby, and any furniture or white goods they need when they move into more permanent accommodation.

Above all, we want to let them know they aren’t alone.

What We Need

1. Donations: Your donations will be used to buy bus passes, to provide some things the boy needs for school, and to buy grocery gift cards. Anything we raise above what is needed will be used to help the family in other ways. To donate online, please click the link below. To donate by text, please use the details in the box below. 

2. Gifts from a wishlist: We have only set up a very small wishlist this week, as they don't have very much space. If the wishlist is empty, we'd love you to consider making a donation or buying an Amazon gift card (or a gift card for any online baby store) instead. To buy a gift from the wishlist, please click the link below. 

3. Kind cards and messages: We'd love to send this family some kind cards and message to let them know they they are not alone. To send a message by email, please write your message in the form below (your contact details will not be shared). Messages by post can be sent to: 52 Lives (Life # 278), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.



What We Did

Thanks to all of you, we were able to buy him a 30 day bus pass - and will be able to keep topping it up all year if he needs us to (we’re trying to find support for this from the local authority as well). We also surprised him with a new backpack, water bottle, pencil case, stationery and school shoes....his mum said he was so excited when the parcel arrived.We’ve also helped his family buy extra food, and bought some play doh and crafts for little sister. And we’ll be able to help the family with beds and other things they need when they move into proper accommodation.This has made a big difference to this little boy’s life, and taken a huge amount of pressure off his parents. They’ve all been through such a difficult time and really needed some kindness. Thank you all so much for doing this for them.

July '22 update: Last year, we shared the story of a young boy living in a single room with his family. He hadn’t been attending school, as they couldn’t afford the bus fare for him. Thanks to all of you, we were able to pay for his bus pass for almost a year, as well as some extra tuition to help him catch up. His family have now been granted asylum, they have somewhere to live and his dad has found work. With some of the extra funds you donated for them, we have also been able to buy beds for the children and some furniture for their home. Your support has completely changed this family’s life. Thank you all so much for being so kind to them.