Refugees living in the camps around Calais have only makeshift shelters, limited water and no heating or lighting. Working with LuminAID in the US, all funds from this campaign will go to buy and ship their solar powered, water proof, inflatable lanterns designed specifically for crisis relief and emergency situations just like this one.
The camps are legally not allowed to build any kind of permanent structure which has left thousands of people living without sanitation or power. We would like to bring a little hope into their lives by distributing a solar powered lantern to each refugee. This will not only give them light in their tents and limit the terrible danger of naked flames in a camp built largely of wood and canvas, where people live in very close quarters, but also provide more safety and security for moving around a hastily built camp after dusk.
LuminAID has agreed to help our relief efforts so we have created this initiative with the goal of providing at least 1,000 sustainable and environmentally responsible PackLite 16 lights to those in need. We must act quickly, winter is coming and with it the days grow shorter which dramatically increases the risk of fire in a camp not built to cope with the thousands of people now living there.
Every donation helps us to ensure we provide one more of these safe, sustainable and environmentally responsible PackLite 16 lanterns to a refugee. Each lantern we can send is one more tent that will not burn down, one more person who will feel safer at night, one more child who won't be afraid of the dark.
These lights come with a one year warranty and over 15,000 lifetime hours of light.
I am coordinating with L'Auberge des Migrants to ensure that once we have the funds, all storage is pre organised and distribution can be managed on a fair and efficient basis to get to those in the farthest reaches of the camps and those who are too vulnerable, weak or scared to leave their shelters. Please support this with any amount you can spare, it will make such a huge difference to their lives.
Thank you for your support.