We are a dynamic non profit group working with the BAME community to answer their needs resulting from the disproportionate effect of the crisis. We offer classes and activities:
- Health and well being to combat the detrimental effects of Covid-19 - dance and movement, walking and exercising as a family, diet and health sessions. social meetings, advice for all ages.
- Education around Covid -19 - a range of educational classes, business skills, public speaking aimed at getting their voices heard, building computer and internet skills.
- Social Enterprise to fight Covid-19 - identify opportunities to build for the future, bringing BAME communities together empowering people to make choices and develop mutual interests.
- Practical advice for the effects of Covid-19- advice on mental health, loneliness, practical solutions for jobs and surviving the Covid-19 crisis.
Covid-19 has had a big impact on our work. We are now focusing on counteracting the:
Disproportionate effect that the virus has had on the BAME community.
Support us now so we can make a difference.
Common experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic citizens:
- Mental well being: feelings of anxiety and isolation. Fear of not being helped if ill and stress relating to accessing basic supplies.
- Financial difficulties for people who do not qualify for the Government’s furlough scheme or other grants or have lost jobs due to the crisis. Fear for the future.
- Mothers and older people who do not speak English as a first language have been taking guidance to stay at home literally, therefore not exercising or going shopping.
- Language barriers have affected people’s ability to understand Government guidelines and the spreading of misinformation; it has been reported that language and cultural barriers have increased isolation and lack of attention to health and activities.
- Maintaining education and revision schedules has been difficult without the space or equipment to do so (WiFi, laptops, books etc), making it difficult for children to learn effectively in this crisis.
- Key long-term conditions that increase clinical vulnerability to COVID-19 such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure is higher in some Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups compared to their white counterparts.
"Corona Virus has hit the London Borough of Newham - one of the UK's most deprived areas - harder than anywhere else in the country. The death rate from Covid-19 in Newham has been shocking and affects our BAME community so badly. Hamara Assra are tackling the issues at the core and doing a fantastic job" Tahir Mizra, West Ham chair Labour Party.
We want to work across London with your help. Please give what you can so we can pay:
- For our basic expenses - we keep everything to a minimum, do lots of bargaining, don't have an office space and it is all about the people we help.
- Being able to pay a skilled organiser (London living wage) working on making it all happen. This is such a major move as at the moment we are totally reliant our group's volunteering around work and commitments. This would really help us to build and deliver more at this extremely important time.
- Paying the amazing freelance tutors.
- Managing our volunteers and providing training.