We run the biggest aid operation in Northern France

Though Calais and Dunkirk have slipped from the news agenda, our team on the ground estimates that there are now almost 1,000 people living in the forests in Northern France. At least 100 of these are unaccompanied children.

Around one thousand people are living in Grande-Synthe without shelter. Mostly these are families, some with newly born babies. With nowhere else to go, they sleep in parks and on the streets.

Likewise, in Calais, around 500 people are sleeping in forests, under bridges and behind industrial buildings, often with little more than a sleeping bag for protection. French authorities are regularly destroying their tents and belongings in random acts of aggression.

Our teams still distribute thousands of items every week: blankets and sleeping bags, hygiene kits, clothing, countless shoes and much more.

Along with Refugee Youth Service and L’Auberge des migrants, we have also created a multi-agency child protection team to supplement the already overwhelmed system in the region.

Please donate today to ensure that we can provide emergency aid over the winter months for the people at the border in Northern France.

Northern France appeal

Help us support almost 2,000 refugees in Northern France with vital aid.Donate

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The Calais needs list

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