Photo by Philip Formby via Woodland Trust (one of my favourite charities in the UK).
At OURMALA, we look after refugees and people seeking international protection through yoga. Woodland Trust looks after our trees, woods and wildlife, which silently but continuously look after all humanity.
This week at OURMALA, we continued to provide yoga online for people who are refugees in London, and seeking international protection from the UK government, survivors and bereaved from the Grenfell Tower fire and also the general public.
Our soothing online yoga classes also help refugees. Anyone can join. Register here for your first free class.
We also continued keeping in touch with our beneficiaries through phone calls and texts, which we will do until we can welcome people back to our projects again in-person, with open arms.
In addition, our board of trustees agreed in principle to a new project: sourcing supermarket food vouchers and potentially other practical support for our refugee and asylum-seeking beneficiaries.
We know many are reliant on food banks, which we understand have been crowded and short of supplies.
We also know that at the best of times, our beneficiaries very often extremely isolated, lonely and live on around £5 a day (for everything) while their asylum claims are being processed, which does not buy much in London. Nutrition generally isn’t great at the best of times either.
We started speaking to potential organisations we could partner with on this project and looking more closely at what other support we could provide while the virus continues to affect our daily lives.
Whether we are able to deliver this project depends on our team’s capacity and also funding. Either way, watch this space. We will let you know what transpires.
Meanwhile, on behalf of everyone at OURMALA, we wish you all the very best. We hope that you and your loved ones are staying well and we hope that you have a good Easter break.