Why it’s hard to speak about volunteering

Why it’s hard to speak about volunteering

Someone asked me, why is it when you talk about going to Calais you struggle to explain the situation? Do you not like talking about it? Or, Is it because you know people don’t agree with you helping over there?

My answer, there’s two reasons; one because the thought of not spending everyday helping and being a part of Care4Calais brings so much sadness to me, knowing I’m not helping those that are so in need of love, support and understanding. Knowing I’m spending everyday of my life doing a job that those in Calais can currently only dream of. Knowing that the appreciation of me volunteering there would be much greater than working for a company and CEO that doesn’t even know my name.

Secondly; I can’t quite comprehend why it is as individuals, as a country, as a world, that this is happening. How we are all that inhumane we are letting people…living, breathing, kind and loving people go through such horrific endeavours to make a better life for themselves and their family. Why is this okay? Here we are in 2018 and no more than 30 miles away from the UK terrible things, that we have the power to change, are happening everyday.

So no, it’s not because people “don’t agree” because those people are often very uneducated on the situation or have no understanding what it’s like to struggle, what it’s like to need someone, something, some help. It’s because I care so deeply about what Care4Calais do, I care so deeply about the volunteers and I care so deeply about each individual I meet when I’m there, that actually I’m always very close to tears at knowing I’m not doing what I know feels right, helping.

To volunteer or donate go to www.care4calais.org

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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