Annie


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Annie


I believe that if you don’t get involved and do something about it, then WHO?
“If we raise our voices then we will be heard!”

At Voices, I get to do that. I build the capacity of fellow ambassadors. One voice at a time, to be able to change policy, minds and hearts.
As an expert by experience. I am a voice Ambassador on a mission, being part of like-minded people and networks that are on the forefront of the agenda for a better, fair asylum system.
I come from Kenya and have worked in different sectors in the course of my life. The most recent being an interior architect.
Being an asylum seeker has highlighted some of the inadequate systems. This has made it hard for me to stand on the bylines.
I am a British Red Cross volunteer, A Voice’s Ambassador and a Sanctuary City Ambassador, I feed the homeless with Pride in Pill in Newport. I’ve used my lived experience to highlight some of the issues that have informed issues to agitate for change in policy for a better dignified asylum system. Most recently I gave evidence at the Westminster parliament to the Women and Equality committee on the plight of women in the UK asylum system. I am part of the movement ” lift the ban ” on employment for asylum seekers which has gained traction. Provision of the internet to asylum seekers accommodation which has seen the implementation of the internet in asylum houses in wales.
At City of Sanctuary as an ambassador, I have been part of recruiting sanctuary schools and awarding them sanctuary status after their commitment of sanctuary schools status. One school, University, library, the city at a time
I love a good book, laughing, justice and dignity, I am raising a teenage daughter who reminds me why I am so passionate about the improvement of the asylum policy.
I have produced an award winning podcast https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/news-and-media/podcasts/the-kind-place-we-are-voices
I have developed a strong sense of devotion for the non-profit sector as a result of my first-hand experience in the asylum system. This experience has given me a deep appreciation for how the non-profit seeks to improve the quality of life for the region. One project at a time.