Refugee & Migrant Project case study - Olu's Story Olu's Story 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 agood 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 wasunable to work. Olu turned to his local church who provided him with shelter and emotionalsupport. 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 assessedby the RAMP caseworker and referred to our weekly food bank. He was also advised to joinEnglish and Maths classes provided by the Renewal Programme. The caseworker also referredhim to South West Ham Children’s Society for a grant to buy essential items for his children, andreferred him to Social Services to be assessed as the family did not have adequateaccommodation nor financial means to support themselves. The outcome for Olu and his children is that Olu was granted £300.00 from the South West HamChildren’s Society Grant, and Social Services provided him with accommodation and somefinancial assistance. Olu has recently been granted leave to remain in UK under the HumanRights Act. RAMP will continue to support Olu for another four weeks until his welfare benefitsare in place. Olu now intends to enrol in college for further studies as his English and Mathshave 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 servicesprovided by The Renewal Programme. This example also illustrates the collaborative work with churches, mosques and organisationsof many kinds to support people who are in a desperate situation.