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Amazing shelter progress in Calais camp – only 230 freezing tents left

An uplifting update from our Calais build team! Working with the communities, our co-ordinators on the ground have identified just 230 occupied tents left in the camp that we need to build shelters for. This is an amazing accomplishment as the winter is truly starting to set in and the nights are well below freezing. Shelter and a place to call your own is so vital for people living in these conditions.

It is thanks to your support that we have come this far! Your donations have built these shelters.

Dr Mohammed is one of those living in a shelter in the Calais camp. This was how he described it –

We are so grateful to have these shelters to live in while we are in the jungle. A shelter is better than a tent for many reasons, firstly it’s more protective from the cold and rain, and secondly it keeps us away from the rats and the mud. It’s physically easier to enter, allowing us to keep our dignity which is one of the most important things for our happiness, and we are always so happy to have the locks to keep ourselves and our belongings safe.

To help us get the final people out of frost covered tents and into an insulated shelter please donate and share: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/shelter-building-calais

These photos by Rob Pinney show the build team hard at work.

Calais Build Team hard at work, photo by Rob Pinney (1)

Calais Build Team hard at work, photo by Rob Pinney (2)


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