Random acts of kindness
IH Bristol has been part of the refugee teaching programme for many years now and our record is something we are very proud of. We have taken students through RefuAid, used the Trinity Language Access fund, offered free places to adults and juniors and worked with Bristol City Council to get almost 100 refugees through exams or prepared to enter the school system. For some, it marked their return to their chosen field, dentistry or medicine, for example; for others it was their first ever qualification. For all of them, it gave them a moment of dignity at a time when it can be in short supply. Everybody at IH Bristol feels privileged to be part of something so vital.
And it appears that others agree. A few months ago, we were approached by a couple who wanted to sponsor one of our refugees to enable her to make enough progress to be able to start working as a midwife again. I am delighted to say that the student worked hard and is now assisting in one of Bristol’s maternity units. Last week, another couple, unconnected to the first donors, offered to do the same for another refugee. Spontaneous acts of human kindness may be relatively rare but when they happen, the impact is amazing. IH Bristol match funds all donations towards refugee fees and I am delighted to say, we will soon welcome back one of the previous group of people and help them further to integrate into British society.
So, thank you to our anonymous donors from the whole team at IH Bristol