The refugee camp in Calais known as 'The Jungle' is currently home to over 8,000 displaced men, women, families and unaccompanied children. Since the demolition of half of the camp earlier this year, and threat of it being destroyed completely recently, monetary and physical donations have diminished substantially. Unfortunately many believed that the camp no longer exists. It does and the numbers are growing steadily every day. The challenges and daily struggles build alongside this.
There is a constant need for food, clothing and shelter as people continue to arrive into the camp. This is not a temporary home, many are stuck here for months on end as they try to navigate the next steps in reaching safety and security. They need medical care, welfare, education, legal support, translators. The list is endless and the longer this crisis continues the more complex the layers of aid become.
All of this is currently being delivered by a handful of grass root organisations. They rely on donations and volunteers to do what they do and are doing an incredible job in an ever changing environment. They aren't giving up and remain to fill in the gaps where governments have failed.
However without steady donations and support the lives of those living in the camp will deteriorate considerably. A group of us are heading to Calais to volunteer and we are reaching out to our friends and family to ask whether you could spare a financial donation of any amount to help these key projects keep up the critical work they are doing.
Thank you for reading and for your support.