We are a grass-roots charity in Brighton called The Hummingbird Project, supporting a number of building projects, alongside medical aid, food, clothes and other essential relief efforts, focussed on the refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk. With winter moving in, the situation is rapidly worsening on the camps, as a large majority of the population try to survive in poorly erected inadequate tents. Working alongside L'Auberge des Migrants and Medicins Sans Frontieres, we are focussed on providing quick and effective relief to as many people as possible, offering warmth, shelter and safety throughout the winter.
With this in mind, we've designed a pre-insulated emergency shelter, that is factory produced off-site in kit form and very quick and easy to erect. It can be put together easily by people with little or no construction experience which will enable the refugees to help with erecting them onsite wherever possible. They are also fireproofed to give 60 minutes fire resistance, which is hugely important given the recent fires in Calais having left hundreds of people homeless and some seriously injured. They are warm and dry with insulation built into each panel at the factory, which is impregnated with graphite for further fireproofing. They can also be easily dismantled and reassembled in a new location should the need arise.
An initial block of 6 shelters will cost around £3000 including all materials and shipping, and we are looking to raise enough money to fund this, and proof the concept for further backing. Of course, the more we raise the cheaper the solution becomes, and so the more shelters can be produced. All monies raised on this site will go direct to where it is most needed - bringing aid, warmth and safety to those seeking refuge in western Europe.