Nights in Calais are cold and dark and many were resorting to candles and small fires to keep the wooden shelters we helped provide for them warm and light. This resulted in many accidental fires, destroying shelters, causing injuries and risking lives. (You may remember this report on a fire in the camp in November.)
Help Refugees responded to this fire risk by providing 2,300 wind up lamps – enough for every shelter in Calais – to prevent use of candles at night. We also provided over 200 fire extinguishers and fire blankets and distributed them around the camp.
We are delighted to say that despite numerous fires (causing several serous injuries and burning down over 40 shelters) in November and December, since we implemented these new changes there have been very few accidental fires, zero injuries caused by fire and no shelters burnt down.
Your donations make this possible. Please continue to support our work here: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helprefugees
Some photos of the extinguishers in the camp –
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!