A life line
A mobile phone is probably the single most important thing to a refugee; it is their only link to family and friends back home whom they may not have seen for months and who may still be in terrible danger.
Smartphones are definitely the most useful. Even if you’ve no money there are places you can access free WiFi. Then you can use WhatsApp or Facebook rather than having the high cost of an international call. Apps such as maps and google translate are invaluable when you are constantly on the move.
But the police in Calais have for months now been taking people’s phones and smashing them up. Smartphones cost too much for us to replace, and we are getting far too used to seeing devastated faces and shattered screens.
Recently we sourced 100 basic phones for just £8 each. Not ideal, but better than nothing – when the guys don’t care that it’s not a smartphone you know how desperate they are to just make one call home.
We desperately want to buy more of these phones. We can at least help them make that call to know their loved ones are safe. How much do your pay for your mobile phone every month? A basic phone to help a refugee call their loved ones costs just £8. Can you help by donating now?