Notre Dame Refugee Centre

It was good to see a familiar face recently – Ngoy Muaku , a former client who came back to tell us that he has set up his own cleaning firm.

Ngoy, now 43,  arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in 2005 from Kinshasa. He came to the Centre a year later, soon after he arrived in London from Stockton-on-Tees, where he was sent initially by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).  He came first for advice, and then joined the volunteer team.

“People (at the Centre) were really, really helpful,” he said. “First of all, they calmed me down. My morale was troubled. They gave me food, clothes.”

In 2008, he married a Congolese woman he met here and they now have children.  Ngoy was given indefinite leave to remain in 2010 and soon afterwards set up his own business.

“The inspiration came from the Centre. When I was…

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