“Mona and Hilani have been with me for nearly a year and the most important lessons I’ve learned is that you have to get alongside them you have to understand their journey. I’ve become more aware and sensitive to their backgrounds, religion, and personalities. The most challenging thing is the language. When the girls first arrived, we couldn’t speak to one another but now we're getting along really well and it’s a delight to see them settling in. They are so nice and working hard in a strange culture and environment on their own. I’m glad to support them and offer them a safe haven. I’m passionate about giving these young people the best chance and the best possible future.
Mona and Hilani who are staying with Eleanor say:” We arrived at Eleanor's house at ten o'clock at night we had no idea where we were or who Eleanor was. But this was far less frightening than the experiences we’ve had over the last two years travelling from Ethiopia. We did not feel anyone cared - we were not treated like people. We were two 15-year-olds travelling alone through Sudan and Libya, held in camps where we were beaten and abused. We are now so happy to be safe with Eleanor and we are very keen to learn English. Our past was unhappy and we still worry about the future but we’re hoping for the best.”