WHY DON’T THEY HAVE THESE DOCUMENTS?
Historically people have been wary of authority and have remained insulated within their communities. The long shadow of communism still remains in the heart and memories of many, who have spent their lives avoiding authority at all costs. Other people have no documents as they have been too poor or illiterate to go about the necessary processes. Going to a police station or council offices fills them with dread.
WHY DO THEY NEED THEM?
These documents are needed to gain access to schools, free school meals, child benefit, medical and dental help, legal employment, access to pensions, disability provision and other meagre but important funds. Without them the poorest who already struggle, have an even harder battle to survive and the circle of poverty continues. This is particularly true for the children who need documents in order to be able to attend school.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
If parents have documents themselves then for a fee of £10 they can gain a birth certificate for their child even if that child is now an adult in two to three months. However if the parents are not registered it can cost £200+ and take up to eight months to get resolved. Many meetings with medical, legal teams, conversations with neighbours, surviving family members, examinations etc need to be undertaken before it can be proven that the person is who they say they are.
HOW DOES LINK TO HOPE AIM TO HELP?
We are aiming to raise £5,000 to pay for 50 people to gain birth certificates. We have excellent relationships with hard to reach groups of people. People we have developed relationships with over many years. People that trust us. Our aim is always to rebuild lives and communities and this is a proven way of doing just that.
These documents can be used to enable children to be able to to access schools and gain that valuable education that will enable them to escape from their circumstances and not to repeat the never ending cycle of poverty. If more funds are raised we want to help the elderly access pensions and disability payments. Although the amounts are low it can make the difference between poverty and extreme poverty.
There is also the emotional and life affirming feeling that comes with it….
Help us to raise the necessary funds to achieve our aim of making people feel … I AM.