Amazon for the Jungle

Based on information gained in our recent survey, Care4Calais have completely redesigned our aid distribution system and have been piloting a new system in the camp for just over a week. We now have five teams that go shelter to shelter and tent to tent finding out exactly what each person needs and giving out tickets so they can get what they need the most. We have a fulfillment team who make up packs of these items, a distribution team who bring the items to the site each day and a procurement function to monitor stock.

It is incredibly hard work taking dedication, organisation and efficiency. In order to cover the site in anything near a reasonable time frame we need to serve around 500 people a day. This is very ambitious for a small volunteer organisation and our guys have been working very hard. However we all feel this is the right thing to do. At a time when donations are at an all time low it makes the most efficient use of resources by targeting every donation at the person who needs it most. And it helps stability in the camp by promoting a perception of fairness.

Running this “mini Amazon” system takes around 30 – 40 people a day, and at least 7 of those come from our in-camp volunteer team. We could not be more proud of them. It’s hard work and long hours but they are doing an awesome job. Stunningly we are hitting 99% accuracy. In our first week we have given out 1,481 Joggers, 628 Hoodies, 123 Shaving Kits, 90 Torches, 323 Shampoo and Shower Gel, 392 Spray Deodorant, 840 Boxer Shorts, 815 T Shirts, 41 Pans, 20 Hand Laundry Kits and 16 Chairs.

Demand is high and we need help!

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About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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