Hastings Supports Refugees

Update posted by Hastings Supports Refugees On Dec 22, 2015

Shelter update


As you may recall from our previous update on 14th of October we have been working with other groups to bulk buy the UNHCR Shelters.

Collectively, the groups involved have raised enough to buy 32 shelters. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed.

Salam, a French voluntary organisation working in the Jungle is putting up the first 12 shelters. They have sent these photos.

The second batch of 20 should arrive at the end of January.


What next?

The conditions in the Jungle remain appalling. Numbers are thought to have increased from 3000 to 6000 this autumn. There are many more families and unaccompanied minors (those alone and under 18 years old) now living in the Jungle who are especially vulnerable.

Hastings Supports Refugees is hoping to fundraise specifically for an unaccompanied minors initiative 2016. We’ll keep you posted.


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Update posted by Hastings Supports Refugees On Oct 14, 2015

Shelters for Calais update

We launched on 26 September, what an incredible response! 19 days in, our shelter fundraising effort has now topped 2800. This is double our original target.

So time for an update.

Two things have happened since we launched our Hastings and St Leonards? fundraiser.

UNHCR shelters

Firstly, the amount of money raised by ourselves and others has exceeded all expectations. Clement Blain?s Danish based crowd funder (that we plan to join with to bulk purchase shelters) has raised more than 30,000 Euros.

This success has in some ways, bought it?s own set of problems.

The number of shelters required, of this particular specification, in the time scale needed (plus some issues about international purchasing, taxation and shipping) have meant the purchase of the first shelters has been delayed. A team is still working on sourcing a supplier who can deliver what is needed for the right price. It is unlikely that the shelters will be in Calais before at least January next year.

The future of the Jungle

The other news which has come to light since we launched the shelter fundraising is that the EU has granted France ?5 million to build a humanitarian camp in Calais to house 1500 refugees during 2016. It is not clear how this may impact on the Jungle site.

Given the French authorities history of sudden action to ?clear? refugee?s tents and belongings etc. we are concerned that any shelters in the Jungle maybe suddenly ?cleared? some time next year.

What does this all mean for our campaign?

Hopefully the logistically issues around the purchase of the UNHCR shelters will be resolved by the time our fundraising page closes on 8 November. The admin group is exploring a plan B if we are not able to purchase these shelters soon.

We are keen to help as soon as possible. As an interim measure, we have agreed to donate 600 of the money collected so far to L'Auberge des Migrants (a voluntary organization working in the Jungle) to build ten wooden framed shelters.

These wooden framed shelters differ from the UNCHR ones.

* they can be built in a day so would provide some form of instant shelter.

* they can be fitted into smaller pieces of land.

* they are much cheaper, they cost 60 each. This means our funds could provide shelter for more people sooner.

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On the down side, the wooden framed shelters don?t come with stoves with hot water tanks. They do not come with guarantees of weather proofing or fire safety. So we still hope to be able to provide the UNHCR shelters as soon as possible.

We hope to have the funds to L'Auberge des Migrants next week so it can be used for materials immediately. Marcie Clarke from our Eastbourne sister group is going back to the Jungle shortly so she will be able to report back and send photo updates on the shelters.

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