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Sanctuary

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)

Who is a refugee?

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 No country has ever withdrawn from it.

Our Sponsors

Children in Need
Sir Walter St John's