This issue is not over, even if it is less prevalent in the media. Yes the Calais camp has been demolished, but the refugees still very much need our help. They are now dispersed, making support and aid that much more difficult to deliver and operate.
So please don’t think this is over. We are now going to be dealing with a different set up, which is spread over a wider geographical area with less structure. We still have teams on the ground, we still need continued donations and we still have lots of work to do.
Now the majority of refugees have left the camp, our focus is to make sure we support refugees in smaller camps in the surrounding area and in Paris.
We will be closely monitoring the CAO centres and taking urgent supplies when and where they are needed. Only yesterday we received an emergency call to bring aid to one of these camps whilst today we heard of another centre, which had no showers and refugees only had one meal a day after a 30 minute walk. We have no doubt that we will be hearing many more reports like this, so your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.
As the refugees are now dispersed around France, we will have to travel much further to deliver aid, making it more complex to organise and more thinly spread – which means we will continue to need the following:
1. Volunteers that can stay ideally for 2 weeks or more
2. Funds for fuel and toll roads
3. Funds for food, clothes and toiletry packs
If you would like to set up a regular donation each month you can now do so on our website, where you will also find more details about volunteering. Please visit www.care4calais.org.
It is vital that people know we are still here and that the refugee crisis is still very much an issue. Please share this post and raise awareness.
Thank you so much for your continued support.