Weekly update from the Help Refugees Calais team

The Calais kitchens, based in the Auberge des Migrants / Help Refugees warehouse is now producing 2500 hot meals a day, which are distributed between the Calais and Dunkirk every day. They are also distributing raw ingredients to a further 1200 people, enabling them to cook for themselves, according to their shopping lists and tastes.

3500 people are now provided for by the community-based distribution model put in place by the Auberge / Help Refugees team. This allows clothes, cook-ware, shoes etc to be distributed exactly where they are needed, with reduced waste, in a dignified way, with the help of a network of community spokespeople.

Our team is working with MSF to find locations for, install and supply 5 new distribution centres in camp. We have also worked with residents to identify people who live in the camp to run each of these points. Acted have been building new roads within the camp, giving our teams much better access to more isolated areas for waste collection, building, distribution and food deliveries.

1350 ‘full kits’ were distributed from the Auberge / Help Refugees warehouse over the last week. These contain jacket, trousers, underwear, jumper, tshirt, hat, gloves, scarf and hygiene pack. With the muddy conditions and no way to wash or dry clothes in camp, residents rely upon these full kits to enable them to wear clean, dry clothes – another vital way we help residents to maintain their dignity.

Our build teams have built 78 shelters since the beginning of January. There is a great deal more building to be done, what with the displacement of a large portion of the camp (accounting for 1000 people). Please click here to donate to the building project. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/shelter-building-calais

We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!