Hi there everyone!!
To everyone who does not know us, or what we’re doing: We are a small group of friends who just want to give the refugees dispaced in Calais a break. We want to show them human solidarity and compassion.
Since our last campaign in September, we have successfully delivered two van loads of aid to the camp and have seen first hand just how awful the conditions are, and therefore how valuable your donations are. The response from the British public has been incredible. Thanks to these donations, people now have tents, sleeping bags, toothpaste, food. All things we take for granted on a daily basis. As winter approaches, things are only going to get worse. The camp is frequently flooded, and it's going to get colder.The freezing, muddy and dirty field they call the 'Jungle' is what some people are having to call home at the moment. The volunteers have described some of the awful events that have occurred in the camp. A few weeks ago, approximately 100 tents had been bulldozed by the police as they were spilling out of the designated camp area. They weren't allowed to retrieve their passports, papers or personal belongings. Everything they had, just gone. When residents and volunteers tried to protest, they were pepper sprayed. Children were also exposed to this. Other stories we hear continue to break our hearts. A young man there explained how he was one of 5 survivors of a boat that sank, everyone else drowned. People trying to get to the UK often die. Some simply because they don't know which train tracks or fences are electric. We were reminded that these people are just desperate to make a better life for themselves and their families. This is something we should all relate to, as surely we would do the same if faced with war or lack of basic human rights. While we were talking with some of the camp residents, we hear there is a woman in one of the camps due to give birth within a few days.
We have come back determined to continue our work with small groups of volunteers and charities on the ground there to help provide shelter, warmth and food. To those that have shown support already, thank you so much! It’s amazing to see how much everyone cares. We have already raised over £3000 which will help us deliver donations to the camps in Calais throughout winter. We have also collected an overwhelming amount of essential donations such as tents, sleeping bags, jackets, shoes and toiletries, all things people need to get through each day.
You can help us.
We are taking supplies…(every day items we all use) down to Calais. You can help by:
- Please make a donation if you can - to help us get there and buy supplies. Any amount great or small is totally valuable to us, because every item we can take with us will make a difference to somebody. The money will cover the actual aid drops, medical supplies, toiletries and will help support the charities on the ground, providing supplies for building shelters. Message us through this site or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll keep you posted.
- Spread the word! As the press attention focuses elsewhere, we will continue our work in Calais and in Europe to help as many people as we can. As we have seen for ourselves, the problem is still very real. To help maintain and raise more awareness, please share our page and updates with your friends and family.
We will keep you all updated with our plans with how we’re getting on, on our Facebook Group and on Twitter. But in the mean time – thank you again.
“If you don’t die in the desert, then you’ll die in prison in Libya. If you don’t die in a Libyan prison, you will find death at sea.
The journey, and all of that suffering, was to reach a country that respects human rights, where we could live peacefully.”