Jungle Books is a library, community space and school in the heart of the unofficial migrant camp in Calais, France. It is run by the refugees and volunteers and offers an oasis of normality where refugees can read, learn and chat.
Started in July 2015, the small library soon filled up with books and readers and an extension was built where classes are held (sometimes 3 classes in parallel). There is a conversation club which brings together people from the different communities and the large space is also used for community meetings, music and film. Now that we have wifi and a generator, refugees can come late into the night to keep warm by the fire and keep in contact with their families.
Recently we added txo new classrooms and a kid's space with children's books which is also used for the young teenagers for lessons. One of the classrooms doubles up as an office and a community radio station.
Your money will be used for the general running of the space, to help with teachers expenses (volunteers and the refugee teachers) and to help us to spread the model to other camps in the area.