Olu's Story

The Renewal Programmes Refugee & Migrant Project

Olu came from Nigeria in 2005 having paid an agent to get here, in a hope for a better education and a prosperous future in the UK. 

He is from a poor deprived family who always wanted to obtain a
good standard of education for himself and for his future children.
He faced many challenges due to his immigration status. He was exploited by employers who paid him very little money for his labour in various different jobs. He felt he had no choice but to continue to work for very little money.

Olu’ wife left him with their children as their marriage broke down. As a single parent, Olu was
unable to work. Olu turned to his local church who provided him with shelter and emotional
support. The church then referred Olu to The Renewal Programme Refugee and Migrant Project
(RAMP) as it could no longer provide financial support to him and his children. Olu was assessed
by the RAMP caseworker and referred to our weekly food bank. He was also advised to join
English and Maths classes provided by the Renewal Programme. The caseworker also referred
him to South West Ham Children’s Society for a grant to buy essential items for his children, and
referred him to Social Services to be assessed as the family did not have adequate
accommodation nor financial means to support themselves.

The outcome for Olu and his children is that Olu was granted £300.00 from the South West Ham
Children’s Society Grant, and Social Services provided him with accommodation and some
financial assistance. Olu has recently been granted leave to remain in UK under the Human
Rights Act. RAMP will continue to support Olu for another four weeks until his welfare benefits
are in place. Olu now intends to enrol in college for further studies as his English and Maths
have improved through attending The Renewal Programme’s adult education classes.
Olu now feels optimistic for the future and feels he has been hugely empowered by services
provided by The Renewal Programme.

This example also illustrates the collaborative work with churches, mosques and organisations
of many kinds to support people who are in a desperate situation.