Hello, my name is Karina. My son and I came to England due to the war in Ukraine. After being woken up by explosions, and spending nights in bomb shelters, I knew I had to get me and my son to safety. When we first arrived, it was a real struggle. English is not my first language and it was tough. But I am a strong and positive person, and I have met many nice and welcoming people here. I have been able to get a job, working as a manager's assistant, and my son has also been able to start school.
At the moment, we are living in temporary accommodation, which can be difficult. Currently, we do not even have a kitchen, and there is not a lot of space. It can be very stressful for us. However, with Beam's support, we are looking to move into a more permanent home. My son dreams of inviting his new friends over, and I cannot wait to be able to cook for him again! In the future, I want to help people like me who are in difficult situations, and go traveling with my son.