Rejoice Nkala is a Zimbabwean woman in her early thirties who has been living in Ireland now for 2 years. Rejoice likes Ireland but of course misses her family back home every day. She is a true optimist and loves to dance, being outdoors and considers music her best friend! Painting also is a true passion of Rejoices, who paints not only because she enjoys it but also because of the therapeutic nature of the process.
Rejoice joined the Amplify Our Voices project not only because she is herself an asylum seeker but because she wants to wish the best for all the future asylum seekers arriving in Ireland.
“The change I wish is for now and forever.”
Onyinyechi – Gift
Onyinyechi (or as she goes by in Ireland, Gift) is from Nigeria and she is passionate about peace, justice and equality. She is an avid reader and enjoys carrying out charity work, especially for the less privileged and sick. She hopes to one day become a nurse to further help people.
Onyinyechi became involved in the Amplify Our Voices project because she wants to see an improvement in the lives for asylum seekers not only now but for future asylum seekers. Onyinyechi believes that the life of asylum seekers is mixed, there are benefits as well as disadvantages. She believes a root problem for asylum seekers is that they don’t know their rights within or outside the system of direct provision.
Onyinyechi is also particularly passionate about ensuring vulnerability assessments happen for those claiming asylum in Ireland and that those in the system have access to services to help the most vulnerable. She always highlights her huge concern for people living in the system who suffer from serious mental health issues which has resulted tragically in people taking their own lives.
“I joined this project through this group to represent the voiceless in the system as to air their voices. And believe at the end it will create a positive impact in the lives of those who live in Direct Provision.”
Molly has been living in Ireland for three years and originally comes from Botswana. Molly loves an adventure and is most happy when she is travelling and in nature. She adores cooking so much that one day she hopes to open her own food outlet here in Ireland, like she previously had in Botswana!
Molly joined the Amplify Our Voices project as she wanted to be part of the positive voice for change for those living in Direct Provision. She really hopes the project can help asylum seekers like her to know their rights.
Ntombizodwa Mkhwanazi aka Zoe is a Zimbabwean woman who has been living here in Ireland since March 2019. Zoe loves to sing, and considers herself a “noise-maker”, i.e. Wherever Zoe goes there is noise! Zoe is an incredibly caring person, which is reflected in her work as she has worked in care homes throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Zoe joined Amplify Our Voices as she wants the government to hear the voices of those who are living in the system as they go through the process of ending Direct Provision. She wants the government and for all people to get the perspective of those who are living in the system.