For survivors of human trafficking, moving from one place to another often means a lack of stability – with no place or belongings to call their own.
Stripey Stork provides donated toys, clothes, and equipment to families experiencing hardship in Surrey. After hearing about Their Voice, a charity helping survivors of modern slavery, Stripey Stork recognised that there was also a need to provide supplies for victims of human trafficking.
Stripey Stork received a £1,000 grant from Comic Relief Community Cash 2017 via the Community Foundation for Surrey to bring this idea to life.
Inside the bags
120 bags, called Stork Sacks, were provided to children aged 3 to 12 years old. Packed by volunteers, each rucksack was filled with items including stationery, books, toys, and toiletries.
All donations are cleaned and checked before being rehomed. The bags even contained a map of the UK to help survivors learn more about their new country. Items such as hairbrushes and colouring books added a personal touch, which made them feel welcome and helped them adjust.
Meeting a community need
Nicola Dawes, Founder of Stripey Stork said:
“The project was about using the skills and resources we have and applying it to an unmet need in the community. We are so grateful for the support from Comic Relief via the Community Foundation for Surrey, and were able to use that as a springboard to secure further support from some of our corporate partners. The results are clear from the positive feedback received.”