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HostNation believes in putting the human back into humanitarianism and at the heart of our relationships with others is friendship.  Everyone deserves a friend - someone to share time and experiences with, someone who makes you feel welcome and valued - especially when you’ve fled your country and everyone you know to seek refuge and a fresh start in a new country, with a new culture and language.
Refugees and asylum seekers are amongst the most lonely and socially isolated people in our communities.  Often they know no one outside officialdom and their own ethnic communities. Opportunities to meet others socially are rare, and yet when they do meet someone who treats them as an equal and a friend, or they get invited into a British home, the effect is transformative.
HostNation wants to make it easier for those of us at home in Britain to be friends with those looking for a place they can call home. It's a digital means of connecting those offering friendship with those needing it.

By taking refugee referrals and matching each individual to a local screened, checked and trained befriender on our database, and then introducing them face to face in their local communities, we hope to create hundreds of new, rewarding friendships.  As WB Yeats said ‘there are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met’.
We rely on passionate volunteers and kind hearted supporters to make this scheme work, but we also need funds to realise our ambitions to facilitate and support new friendships across the country and to make the project sustainable.  The work involved to make each friendship happen will cost around £100.  Please consider sponsoring a friendship and give generously.  Our heartfelt thanks for your generosity.   HostNation is a restricted fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund.


Charity No: 1099682

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