More than just a simple cup of coffee
It’s been such a joy to re-introduce services in Calais. Something as simple as the tea and coffee station can totally change the atmosphere of a day.
We don’t just come to give food or clothes and go; having a cup of tea or coffee with us can be the first time people see a friendly face outside of the camp.
Unfortunately, the Covid crisis has had some unpleasant side effects. Local people don’t want the refugees in shops or on buses. They have become more ostracised than usual. So now more than ever, it’s essential that we show them this human face – to let them know there are people who value them as human beings and as equals.
The coffee can be a problem though. The Sudanese people in particular love it – strong and with tonnes of sugar! But it costs five times as much as tea (!) and we can only make 200 cups in a day. Plus they like getting it in their food packs.
To keep serving coffee as part of this great service costs £50 per week. To put it in the food packs costs us £200 per week. If you would like to help with this, please click here.