Kimberly Garande

We Belong's Youth Development Lead 

Kimberly was born in Zimbabwe and migrated to the UK aged 9.

She applied for student finance in 2015 and realised that her immigration status would be a barrier to going to university because it meant she wasn't eligible for a student loan. In the same year, Kimberly attended a Leadership Academy, which provided support and importantly awareness that she was not alone.

Through family support, Kimberly began her studies at Canterbury Christchurch University and alongside gained work experience as a Culturosity Facilitator. She promoted youth development through creative learning of equality and diversity principles.

Kimberly began her role at We Belong in October 2019, and is dedicated to changing how current society relates to migrants. She wants sustainable justice for the fates of other young migrants like herself.

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24 Mar 2021