The Klevis Kola Foundation is a community organisation with members from all over London. Klevis Kola supports refugee and asylum-seeking families and helps them to play their full part in the community.
Arriving as a refugee in the UK can be a terrifying and disempowering experience. Difficulties with language, accessing services and overcoming prejudice are ever-present.
Klevis Kola exists to help refugees overcome those challenges, and to help them rebuild their lives at the centre of the community. Klevis Kola works closely with a number of organisations in south London to deliver services for refugees and asylum seekers. Projects include after school and youth clubs, trips and holidays, a summer scheme, advocacy work, and a football club. Our main partners are Student Action for Refugees at St George's, University of London.
"Klevis Kola people have passion: we like coming, we meet good people, we are welcome".
(woman from the Congo)
Under the 1951 Refugee Convention, anyone has the right to seek asylum in a foreign country, if they have fled their own country owing to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. Once an asylum seeker's claim is legally recognised, they are given refugee status and become a refugee.
Over the past 60 years, the Convention is estimated to have saved 50 million lives. No country has ever withdrawn from it.