Volunteers and refugees team up for large litter pick-up

Volunteers and refugees team up for large litter pick-up

Today’s distribution was a little different. After handing out food packs and offering services to refugees, we started a litter pick of the area. Something we often do. But it turned out to be rewarding and fun as many refugees came to join in, and it was a great opportunity to carry on our conversations from earlier that day.

Because of tough police action in recent days people have been on the move and this was a new site. However it was nice to see the guys not caring if it was ‘our/their’ litter or stuff that might have already accumulated over time – we collected everything and even split out the recyclables as a team, then gathered everything up for appropriate disposal.

A couple of little children also decided to get involved and ran back and forth handing us things, which was really sweet – it’s lovely to see them practise recycling from a young age and learning the names of each recycling category in English.

As a bonus, we got to chat with the refugees for a bit longer than usual without all the chaos of distribution going on around us. One of our volunteers even tried to explain recycling to a few people who didn’t speak her language – we’re not sure how well the gestures will have translated to them, but at least it’s a start!

A whopping twelve bags of litter were collected by the end of it, plus another three bags of recyclable materials – so all in all, a productive and enjoyable afternoon.

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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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