The refugees we couldn’t do without

The refugees we couldn’t do without

Over the last five months our Care4Calais building team would never have achieved so much without the help of the refugees who volunteer in the camp with us.

Sami is 24 and from Syria. He was the first to join us and has worked on all our major building projects. He is highly skilled in electronics and engineering and can be seen here sitting on the roof of the recently finished social building. He also has the important job of maintaining the fire truck so kindly donated last year by Rob Adlem.

Samer is 30 and worked in construction in Iraq. He is also an accomplish chef. He was crucial to our project to rebuild and fortify the Sudanese tent after the big fire and works crazy hours as he volunteers with the Calais Kitchen as well as the build team. He is a man of few words but great strength and kindheartedness and a wonderful presence to have around.


Akram is 26 and from Iraq. He is a gymnast and a ball of energy and can be seen here doing a handstand on the roof of the Calais Kitchen. He volunteered with our building team for three months but is now in the UK. Our volunteers loved him and so miss working with him in the camp.

In the past few months these guys and others from the camp have helped our team to build the new Sudan tent, the new dental building, the social centre, a new roof for the Calais Kitchen, to build water points, to repair the schools, to fix hundreds of leaking roofs and broken floors, and to rat proof many shelters and storage faculties. Anyone who thinks the UK would not benefit from having lads like this around could not be more wrong. We love them.
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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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