Refugee Action staff and volunteers were stunned and heartbroken to hear about the death of our much-loved colleague Nicolette Muzazi at the end of January, at the tragically young age of 37.
Nicolette arrived in the UK from Burundi as an unaccompanied young refugee. She worked and volunteered at Refugee Action for more than 15 years, starting off as a volunteer, and then a staff member, on the Peer Mentoring project in Liverpool, providing support for young refugees trying to integrate in the city. She worked on a number of different projects and services over many years at Refugee Action, including Preventing Asylum Homelessness and Choices. Most recently, she worked on the Asylum Crisis London project, supporting people seeking asylum who were homeless and destitute.
She was committed, passionate to create change and full of energy to support people who had been on a similar journey to her. She made an incredible impact through her work over many years, helped so many people out of homelessness, helped young people to integrate and feel more confident, provided much needed support for people in the asylum system and supported volunteers in her team to do the same.
As a colleague, she was a joy to work with; funny, thoughtful and caring. She lit up the room with her presence and personality, was a great communicator and could build brilliant connections with so many different people.
On top of all this, Nicolette was also a passionate supporter and tireless volunteer for Maison Shalom, a charity supporting children in Burundi. She leaves an incredible legacy in the lives and memory of those who knew her and is very missed here at Refugee Action.