A U.K worker with the charity Praxis, Bethan Lant, has successfully managed to help raise £2,500 online to help a Ghanaian mother get reunited with her son stranded in Ghana.
Lant relentlessly helped promote a crowdfunding campaign with £2,500 as the target – and the amount was raised in just 2 days.
The amount is to help Ghanaian immigrant Florence bring her 13-year-old son Emmanuel to the U.K to join her.
Emmanuel is currently ‘stranded’ in Ghana and whilst Florence wants to bring him over she doesn’t have the money needed to pay for his visa application and Immigration Health Surcharge – a whopping £2,523.
With her situation dire, a crowdfunding campaign was started by Erica Lang and Rosa Green to raise the money.
“Florence* has a 13-year-old son Emmanuel, who is currently alone in Ghana, but she does not have the £2,500 required in Home Office immigration and health surcharge fees to bring him here.
In July 2018 Florence received a call to say that her boy was about to be left on the streets of Accra unless she came to take him. Emmanuel had been in the care of Florence’s sister, who had recently died. Although born in London, at the time of his birth Florence was without status in the UK (meaning that Emmanuel is not recognised as a British citizen).
Florence now has another young child to take care of, Angelica who has life limiting medical needs. Treatment for Angelicas condition would not be possible in Ghana, but in the UK it can be managed. So Florence is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she returns to Ghana permanently, her daughter cannot continue with her medical treatment and will die. If she does not, her son Emmanuel will remain alone in Ghana, in the care of strangers until their good will is exhausted and he is cast out onto the streets.
We are fully aware that Florence and Emmanuel are just two of the many victims of the hostile environment that has put endless inhumane obstacles in the way of family reunification. We know that this should be a basic human right in any civilised society. So whilst we and others work to challenge the system we also want to do what we can to help Florence and Emmanuel now! So please do give what you can. Any money raised over our target of £2500 for immigration fees will be used towards plane tickets for Florence to go and collect her son and bring him back home.”
The money has now been raised and the family can be united.