Neda and Katie



Neda was only six when she and her uncle fled her native Eritrea 15 years ago, and since then she has lived an unsettled life, moving from Sudan, to Turkey and then Greece and a spell in France before eventually reaching the UK in 2013. Now 21, she speaks six languages, including Arabic and Greek, and her eyes light up when asked what she gained most from her mentor Katie: learning to speak English and ‘not being so nervous’. She is currently on an English course at the City of Westminster College and is determined to one day become a nurse. She has a close relationship with Katie, who is 28, and the pair have also worked on improving Neda’s computer skills. Belfast-born Katie says Neda initially found her accent tricky, but adds with a smile: “Neda is now fluent in Northern Irish.”