Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

Dena is a 47 year old asylum seeker from Ethopia. She has been waiting for her asylum application to be resolved for over 10 years and continues to live alone, with no family and no support, and with little chance of rebuilding her life.

She has a chronic health condition and has been in intensive care on two occasions over the last year. She recently suffered secondary meningitis which has affected her cognitive functioning and her vision in her right eye. She now has severe memory problems and has also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of previous experiences in her home country.

Unable to work and severely ill, she lives on £35 a week, which must cover all her needs including utility bills, telephone bill and food. She received on hot meal every week from the Salvation Army. Dena's support worker wrote to us saying, "I am concerned that she stays indoors and is very isolated. Her flat is cold - even while the weather is mild - and she is too frightened to use the heaters. Her immunity is very low and her health is deteriorating."

Dena was awarded £50 in food vouchers by the Trust.

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