RAPAR (Refugee and
Asylum Participatory Action Research) is a human rights organisation based in
Manchester, UK, which is primarily concerned with displaced people, and issues
relating to displaced people.
RAPAR was founded in Salford in 2001. Initial membership comprised academics, researchers, displaced people, 2nd/3rd generation migrants, and practitioners in the fields of community development and statutory services.
A registered charity, RAPAR functions as an enabler with displaced people, a campaigning focal point, a community development facilitator and a participatory action research producer. We are the winner of the 2009 Elspeth Kyle National Award for Best Community Impact.
Upon arrival to the UK the people who reach out to RAPAR are most often completely destitute. The first thing that we like to tell them is 'We Welcome You and We Care’… about what’s happened to them that led them to flee in the first place...and about what needs to happen next so that they can become safe. When they are comfortable and able to, we begin to work with them … not on or for them but ‘with them’ … for them to begin to recover some control over their lives.
For almost 20 years, as RAPAR Volunteers of all ages, we have connected with thousands of individuals, families and small groups from all over the globe, to stop all kinds of terrible things from happening to them. From being genitally mutilated or imprisoned, tortured and killed if they were forced to go back to where they fled, to being left in rat infested houses in the UK.
In March this year, when COVID19 emerged, RAPAR immediately exposed how it was impacting upon the poorest and weakest children and adults in our society, and we began to gather support so that people could share what was happening to them, find help and organise responses, together. All this while some RAPAR members began to become very sick and even die; so many have died from within our communities and, as lock down comes and goes with uncertainty remaining for us all, practically everyone is re-living terrible past events.
If you are able to donate now to RAPAR, we will be able to carry on helping the growing number of people who come to us, deeply disadvantaged because they have no access even to data for phones where they can stay in touch with each other and with us to do the work they need to do to become housed or shelter someone, to arrange access to food and healthcare, or to put together the evidence about their lives and those of their children that will stop them from being unlawfully detained or even deported.
The places and people may change but the needs remain consistent. Help us to change our lives - during and after COVID - and to make a better world together.