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Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 29th August

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 29th August 2016.

If you wish to donate goods, please email Isabel on calaisdonations@gmail.com at least one week before you plan to set off. This will help Isabel and our other warehouse volunteers to organise the warehouse and plan for the distribution of goods.

Email Isabel to find out more about donation dates. Thank you for your time and support.


We urgently need tents and men’s jackets in sizes small and medium. We also urgently require roll mats/camping mats and big, thick blankets – our warehouse is out of the mats and we need more to distribute as soon as possible. Thank you!

 

Clothing:

We are currently oversupplied with children’s clothes and toys, however are experiencing a shortfall of teenage boys (13-17 years old – see below). If you are able to donate those, that would be wonderful!

 

Men:

  • Trainers especially sizes 41 to 43, and ideally black
  • S, M long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies
  • S, M short-sleeved t-shirts
  • S, M  tracksuit bottoms
  • Waterproof trousers
  • S, M new underwear (not Y-fronts)
  • Gloves

 

Women:

  • XS, S, M leggings
  • XS, S, M tracksuit bottoms
  • S, M, L tunic tops with long sleeves
  • S, M Knickers
  • Boots/shoes up to size 39.  No heels!
  • Smaller cup size bras (up to 36C)

 

Youth (boys):

  • Tracksuit bottoms – for ages 12-17
  • Jeans – for ages 12-17
  • Underwear – for ages 12-17 or men’s size small
  • Hoodies – sizes small and medium
  • Trainers (ideally black) – 40, 41, 42, 43

 

Mobile Distribution (list of categories – click here for exhaustive list):

  • Bedding
  • Kitchen items
  • Mobile phones
  • Cleaning/clothes washing items
  • Lights
  • Padlocks (with both keys and combinations)
  • Most requested items:
  • Metal kettles
  • Plastic/metal cups and mugs
  • Lights and lanterns – click here to view on Leisure Fayre site
  • Unlocked smart phones/power banks
  • Camp beds/single mattresses

 

Hygiene:

  • Toilet paper
  • Men’s razors
  • Deodorant (men’s)
  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Baby wipes
  • Nappies (only numbers 4, 5 and 6)
  • Wash bags

 

Food: we are running very low on food supplies. Material food donations are much more sustainable and logistically easier to arrange, so if you have funds available and are planning a delivery to the Auberge/ Help Refugees warehouse, the most needed items (most urgent at top)

  • Fresh fruit and veg (including salad and fresh herbs)
  • 1l UHT milk
  • 1kg sugar
  • Onions and garlic
  • Red lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • 1l oil
  • 1l olive oil
  • 1kg rice
  • Tinned fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel)
  • Biscuit packets
  • Tinned goods (tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans)
  • Tea and coffee
  • 750g salt
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Tinned fruit and veg
  • Vegetable stock cubes

Please bring ring pull tops and make sure everything is in date!

 

Warehouse and Office Needs:

  • Large rubble sacks and 80L
  • 130L, 110L, 80L strong bags
  • Orange tape
  • Brown parcel tape
  • Industrial saran wrap/cling film – for wrapping boxes
  • Permanent markers
  • Thick rubber bands
  • A4 lever arch folders
  • Polythene pockets (for lever arch files)
  • A4 printer paper

Miscellaneous:

  • Thick blankets
  • Rolling suitcases
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Bike locks and repair kits
  • Fire wood
  • 3 sims for phones (£1 each, have to be purchased in the UK)
  • Lycra sims

Please only bring items from this list. We cannot currently accept any other items.

Our Calais warehouse is now supporting both the Calais and Dunkerque camps; receiving, sorting and delivering all aid required in the two camps every day. More than ever we need large volumes of very specific items. Help us to service the needs of the people in the camps to the best of our ability by studying the information on this page carefully before you plan your trip. We rely on a large volunteer workforce to supply the camps with the items they desperately need and we are currently very low on volunteers. We simply do not have the people power to sort through the items we don’t require, which are taking up an inordinate amount of space in our busy warehouse. 

HOW TO ORGANISE GOODS

Try to concentrate on one or two items as a large amount of one item is much quicker and easier to distribute than a mixed load of many items.

It is very important that goods are clean, pre-sorted and clearly labelled e.g. a box of walking boots size 44, a bag of men’s jeans size 32, or pre-packaged food parcels.

If you want to be a real star then the best box sizes are 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48

HOW TO DONATE

To deliver aid to the warehouse and/or to arrange distribution in the camp with the support of experienced volunteers, please complete this form

If you have any questions, please email calaisdonations@gmail.com


CLICK AND DONATE FOR DELIVERY STRAIGHT TO CALAIS

The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!

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Latest Calais Census

The Help Refugees latest census has revealed that there are now a staggering 9,106 people living in the Calais camp.

This is the highest number recorded since we have been conducting the monthly census, showing that the population has increased by 29% since early July.

There are currently 865 children living in the Jungle. 78% of them are alone. This is the highest number of unaccompanied children relying on our services to date.

The Dubs Amendment was passed in May 2016. Since then no unaccompanied refugee child has been resettled in the UK under this law.

For the first time people are reporting to the volunteer medical services saying that they are hungry. The camp is running out food.

Our census also surveyed 36 shops and restaurants. On average, each one serves as emergency accommodation for 4 newly arrived people during the night, totalling 252 places to stay every night.
30 people charge their phones in each one every day, totalling 2124 people who can keep in contact with their family on a daily basis.
12 free meals and food items are served daily in each restaurant – this totals 857, includes 200 free meals a day for unaccompanied minors in the Jungle Books Café.

The restaurants and shops are a source of food, a space for the vulnerable, and a community space – somewhere that you could sit and talk over a cup of tea in a safe environment.

Forcibly removing this positive aspect of life in the camp at a time when the number of residents is increasingly so rapidly is seriously affecting our ability to provide even one meal a day for everyone.

The Welcome Caravan was forced to close this week as we have run out of sleeping bags and tents. There are 500 new arrivals each week, about 70 a day. This forces people to sleep rough in a dangerous and inhumane environment.

No one wants to live in the camp in Calais. Help Refugees, alongside our partner L’auberge des migrants international, are to doing everything that we can to make the situation more bearable.

What we need most: 1. Food 2. Tents

To donate physical goods to Calais email: calaisdonations@gmail.com

To purchase goods online to be delivered straight to the Calais warehouse go to:
https://www.leisurefayre.com/section.…/86100/1/help_refugees

To donate to Refugee Community Kitchen:

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helprefugeesandrefugeecommunitykitchen

 

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Fire in Notora Squat, Athens

At 5am this morning there was a fire in the Notora Squat in Athens, home to 100 refugees. It is thought to have been an arson attack. This was the first squat opened to refugees in the area, in October 2015.

The first floor and everything inside is destroyed. Luckily no one was injured, but the residents have lost their homes. It is still unclear who the perpetrators were and we don’t know, at this stage, if the building is salvageable.

Please help us raise money to support the residents and the clean up operation, through our implementing partners in Athens Khora.

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Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 22nd August

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 22nd August 2016.

If you wish to donate goods, please email Isabel on calaisdonations@gmail.com at least one week before you plan to set off. This will help Isabel and our other warehouse volunteers to organise the warehouse and plan for the distribution of goods.

Email Isabel to find out more about donation dates. Thank you for your time and support.


We urgently need tents and men’s jackets in sizes small and medium. We also urgently require sleeping bags, roll mats/camping mats and big, thick blankets – our warehouse is out of the mats and we need more to distribute as soon as possible. Thank you!

Please note: We cannot accept medicines of any kind, even over the counter stuff like cough syrup or paracetamol!

Clothing:

We are currently oversupplied with children’s clothes and toys, however are experiencing a shortfall of teenage boys (13-17 years old – see below). If you are able to donate those, that would be wonderful!

 

Men:

  • Trainers especially sizes 41 to 43, and ideally black
  • S, M long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies
  • S, M short-sleeved t-shirts
  • S, M  tracksuit bottoms
  • Waterproof trousers
  • S, M new underwear (not Y-fronts)
  • Gloves

 

Women:

  • XS, S, M leggings
  • XS, S, M tracksuit bottoms
  • S, M, L tunic tops with long sleeves
  • S, M Knickers
  • Boots/shoes up to size 39.  No heels!
  • Smaller cup size bras (up to 36C)

 

Youth (boys):

  • Tracksuit bottoms – for ages 12-17
  • Jeans – for ages 12-17
  • Underwear – for ages 12-17 or men’s size small
  • Hoodies – sizes small and medium
  • Trainers (ideally black) – 40, 41, 42, 43

 

Mobile Distribution (list of categories – click here for exhaustive list):

  • Bedding
  • Kitchen items
  • Mobile phones
  • Cleaning/clothes washing items
  • Lights
  • Padlocks (with both keys and combinations)
  • Most requested items:
  • Metal kettles
  • Plastic/metal cups and mugs
  • Lights and lanterns – click here to view on Leisure Fayre site
  • Unlocked smart phones/power banks
  • Camp beds/single mattresses

 

Hygiene:

  • Toilet paper
  • Men’s razors
  • Deodorant (men’s)
  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Baby wipes
  • Nappies (only numbers 4, 5 and 6)
  • Wash bags

No medical supplies please!

 

Food: we are running very low on food supplies. Material food donations are much more sustainable and logistically easier to arrange, so if you have funds available and are planning a delivery to the Auberge/ Help Refugees warehouse, the most needed items (most urgent at top)

  • Fresh fruit and veg (including salad and fresh herbs)
  • 1l UHT milk
  • 1kg sugar
  • Onions and garlic
  • Red lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • 1l oil
  • 1l olive oil
  • 1kg rice
  • Tinned fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel)
  • Biscuit packets
  • Tinned goods (tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans)
  • Tea and coffee
  • 750g salt
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Tinned fruit and veg
  • Vegetable stock cubes

Please bring ring pull tops and make sure everything is in date!

 

Warehouse and Office Needs:

  • Large rubble sacks and 80L
  • 130L, 110L, 80L strong bags
  • Orange tape
  • Brown parcel tape
  • Industrial saran wrap/cling film – for wrapping boxes
  • Permanent markers
  • Thick rubber bands
  • A4 lever arch folders
  • Polythene pockets (for lever arch files)
  • A4 printer paper

Miscellaneous:

  • Thick blankets
  • Rolling suitcases
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Bike locks and repair kits
  • Fire wood
  • 3 sims for phones (£1 each, have to be purchased in the UK)
  • Lycra sims

Please only bring items from this list. We cannot currently accept any other items.

Our Calais warehouse is now supporting both the Calais and Dunkerque camps; receiving, sorting and delivering all aid required in the two camps every day. More than ever we need large volumes of very specific items. Help us to service the needs of the people in the camps to the best of our ability by studying the information on this page carefully before you plan your trip. We rely on a large volunteer workforce to supply the camps with the items they desperately need and we are currently very low on volunteers. We simply do not have the people power to sort through the items we don’t require, which are taking up an inordinate amount of space in our busy warehouse. 

HOW TO ORGANISE GOODS

Try to concentrate on one or two items as a large amount of one item is much quicker and easier to distribute than a mixed load of many items.

It is very important that goods are clean, pre-sorted and clearly labelled e.g. a box of walking boots size 44, a bag of men’s jeans size 32, or pre-packaged food parcels.

If you want to be a real star then the best box sizes are 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48

HOW TO DONATE

To deliver aid to the warehouse and/or to arrange distribution in the camp with the support of experienced volunteers, please complete this form

If you have any questions, please email calaisdonations@gmail.com


CLICK AND DONATE FOR DELIVERY STRAIGHT TO CALAIS

The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!

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People Helping People: The Jungle

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a volunteer with us in Calais? Ever wondered how Help Refugees first came to Calais and joined with our sister organisation there L’Auberge Des Migrants?

‘The Umbrella’ is the first in a series of short documentaries made by Tom Laurence from our team that will follow the work of volunteers on the ground in the Calais Jungle. This chapter focusses on the union of 2 humanitarian aid organisations – L’Auberge des Migrants (FR) and Help Refugees (UK) and the huge warehouse/ distribution network/ build team we set up up together.

Please watch here and email volunteerincalais@gmail.com to volunteer with us:

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School in Softex

We are delighted to announce that the new school in Softex had it’s first day of classes yesterday!

Softex is one of the largest camps in Northern Greece, with over 3,000 residents, many of them young children. It has been in the news recently, noted for the dangers faced by women and children due to lack of security and privacy, and a highly pressurised atmosphere.

Setting up a school in camp allows children time to be children again, to have a routine, to socialise, and of course, continue their education. We are proud to fund InterVolve – International Volunteers, our implementing partners, on this and many other projects.

To help us continue to support and fund projects like these please text REFU to 70700 to donate £5 (texts cost £5 plus standard text amount, rates vary according to networks)

 

Softexschool3 Softex school1

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Food in Turkey

 

We are honoured to support the amazing work of Hungry Little Spoons in Gaziantep, Turkey.

They provide a hearty, nutritious bowl of soup, served with fresh bread, for hundreds of children every day.

Children need sufficient nutrients so that their brains and bodies can develop and grow and in order to remain healthy. For parents forced to leave their home-countries with their children, ensuring that they get the goodness they need from their diets can be almost impossible.

We financially support Hungry Little Spoons and many other incredible grassroots initiatives providing sustenance to the most vulnerable people affected by the refugee crisis.

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Newborn Refugees

It is estimated that there are currently approximately 9,300 pregnant refugee women living in camps across Greece. The temperatures soar above 35 degrees each day and most women are living in tents with no access to decent services. The living conditions are harsh for vulnerable people, especially if one is pregnant or with a new born infant.

The refugee camps in Greece are not a place for newborn babies and their mothers. Earlier in the month, a women living in Alexandria camp gave birth and was sent back to the camp with a baby that was one month premature just two days after giving birth. Tragically the baby passed away.

Unfortunately this story is not unique. Our partners Refugee Support Greece are committed to not let this happen again in the camps that they work in.

When a baby was born last week and discharged following a C-Section the team put them in a hotel. We are pleased to say that the mother and baby are doing well.

There are another 29 pregnant women in Alexandria, Refugee Support Greece are committed to caring for these women and babies post-partum.

To help them with this essential care, please donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/refugeesupporteurope

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Phone Credit for Refugees

Phone Credit for Refugees and Displaced People is an organisation that provides vital phone credit to refugees and displaced adults and children across Europe.
They give the gift of communication to people who are separated from family and friends, miles away from home and in very uncertain circumstances. £20 buys a month’s internet and calls providing a lifeline to keep recipients safe and connected. For many unaccompanied children their phone credit is the only safety net they have.

To date they have helped over 4000 displaced adults and children make contact with loved ones, stay up to date with news from home and even summon emergency life saving assistance.

In this photo Ahmed is receiving a bravery award, for his part in saving a group of refugees who were trapped inside a refrigerated Lorry.

They were in the back of the vehicle for almost 24 hours, and were beginning to suffocate. Using credit from this wonderful organisation, Ahmed texted the Unofficial Women and Children’s Centre team. His text said ‘No Oksijan’ [no oxygen]. The team immediately spoke to the police, who were able to track the phone and open the lorry. With the help of Phone Credit for Refugees and Displaced People, Ahmed saved 15 lives.

If you can help, please donate to them here so they can continue their work.

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Refuge: Children’s Picture Book for Charity

Sas Mackie, debut children’s book author and illustrator, Crowdfunded £2,800 to travel to European refugee camps and volunteer in order to research her new book, Refuge – A book to help children understand how it might feel to seek refuge.’ The money she raised allowed her to self-publish a 36 page colour picture book aimed at the Under 7 market. The book helps English-speaking children to understand some of the experiences a refugee child will have been exposed to on their journey to Europe.

A personal motivation for the project was Sas’ own experience of having delivered projects in Syria and Jordan while working for the Visual Arts Department at the British Council.

 “I can’t believe that the gentle people that I worked with in Syria and Jordan in 2007 have been subjected to the horrors of the civil war over the past 5 years. I felt the need to do something to help on a very basic human level, but I didn’t know what exactly. I was helping some of my A-level Art & Design students to make some beautiful drawings of refugees from images that they found in the newspaper, and it suddenly clicked that these pictures could convey an important message to younger children in the form of a children’s picture book.’

Funds raised from the sale of the book will be donated to Help Refugees

Sas travelled to ‘The Jungle’ in Calais in April 2016 where she was initiated and introduced to the inhabitants of the camp by Help Refugees volunteers. She found the mood unexpectedly uplifting, “Amongst the ruins of this rotten situation, there was a distinctly positive sense of human survival, a shared  focus – everyone is waiting for their moment to complete their journey. The people I met were intelligent, skilled, cultured, keen to learn about the UK and learn English. I taught a couple of English lessons at the school and I was struck by my adult learner’s determination to move forward, to learn and to contribute.” 

Sas also travelled to the unofficial refugee camp at Priaeus Port in Athens, which has since been evicted and shut down. She was struck by the experience of the many children there. This visit further inspired her beautiful picture book. Sas wanted to help children living in their home country, speaking their first language and surrounded by familiar people, places, food, and culture, to understand what it might feel like to have been forced to leave all of those things.

You can find the book here.

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