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AID FOR PARIS REFUGEE GROUND SUPPORT

On Sunday, our Calais warehouse distributed much needed aid to a street camp in Northern Paris.

There are currently 250 people living in this camp, we are so proud that with your help we are able to provide them with some much-needed aid.

Our team were able to provide Paris Refugee Ground Support with 32 tents, 160 sleeping bags and blankets and 50 roll matts.

Although this is amazingly positive news, there is still more to do. Please join us and #chooselove this winter by donating your time, money or goods.

Contact us on chooselove@helprefugees.org

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Yesterday we launched our Choose Love Winter campaign

The launch party last night at the Jazz Cafe was hosted by Lauren Laverne, from 6 Music, and headlined by Jamie Cullum with guests KT Tunstall and Mohammed Yahya. We also had a total of 3 Bands4Refugees nights featuring Wolf Alice, Peace and Black Honey, all singing some of their favourite covers.

Many of you amazing people have already committed to holding your own fundraisers – lots of pub quizzes, a few shaved heads, a beauty day, a punk night and many many more. We are absolutely bowled over by your enthusiasm, creativity and support. Thank you.

There’s still time to organise something or to turn an event you’re already attending or organising into a mini-fundraiser too. Email us on chooselove@helprefugees.org for an info pack and with any questions.

For more info about the events we have organised click here.

To donate and Choose Love with us this Winter click here.

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CHOOSE LOVE THIS WINTER – OUR APPEAL LAUNCHES 4TH DEC

Today, Sunday 4th December 2016, we launch our winter appeal #CHOOSELOVE

Please help child refugees across Europe and the Region by donating to help provide food, warmth and shelter in conditions often below freezing.

Donate here: http://bit.ly/2goAT6R

Find out more and get info on how to host your own Choose Love fundraiser at helprefugees.org/chooselove

Photo: Alice Aedy

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SOUL FOOD KITCHEN

Our implementing partners in Greece – the Soul Food Kitchen – have been providing a hot meal for refugees and people living homeless in Thessaloniki Greece.

Founding members of the team said “Volunteering in Greece gave us insight into refuges’ needs. They need better lives altogether, but daily survival depends on food. So, we decided to cook.”

During the winter months, nothing is more comforting than a hot meal and Soul Food Kitchen are handing out hundreds per day.
Having a hot meal in your belly gives you energy, strength and a mental boost. We could not be prouder to be funding such a vital project.

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NURTURE PROJECT INTERNATIONAL – FIGHTING THE SPREAD OF FORMULA MILK IN CAMPS

When our partners at Nurture Project International first arrived Eli camp near Idomeni. “The mothers had no privacy, there was no support for infant feeding, and independent volunteers were going tent to tent handing out bottles of formula. While they thought they were helping, it was dangerous…

Formula use in refugee camps is dangerous because when the supply is unstable women will dilute the milk – they add water to it and the babies don’t get enough nutrients. Often the powdered milk, which is not sterile, can’t be heated properly. Just as you don’t eat raw chicken, you can’t drink formula without using boiling water. The formula is often out of date – I have seen some that is two years past its “use by” date, or volunteers put it in bags to hand out so there is no clue of how old it is.

Nurture Project International (…) set up a space so the women can have a private place to go and breastfeed with support from our team. A lot of breastfeeding is psychological – you have to have confidence, you have to have support.”

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LIFE FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE CALAIS ‘JUNGLE’ POST EVICTION – AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

We have commissioned a report on the fate of the children formally living in the ‘Jungle’. We must say a big thanks to the report authors Benjamin Hunter and Rosie Pope who visited 12 French state-run accommodation centres for unaccompanied minors across France.

The report finds that the Home Office interview process has been marred with confusing misinformation and a consistent lack of information provided by the Home Office to both the accommodation centre staff and unaccompanied minors regarding their transfer to the UK.

As a result of what they see as the ‘hopelessness’ of their situation, minors are experiencing depression, mental distress, and are self-harming. Many minors are choosing to leave their accommodation centres.

To read the full report please visit our dropbox to download.

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