Right now, Calais refugee camp population shelters more than 6000 people who fled their war-torn countries.
Most of us keep looking at the refugee crisis as numbers or data in a chart while we should think about it as people who gave away everything and spent weeks traveling in exchange for some semblance of safety. Having volunteered in Calais "Jungle" camp, I have met doctors, engineers, university students and too many unaccompanied kids - living in appalling conditions. It's an awful place made up of the some most extraordinary people Every single camp person was warm, welcoming, thankful for the help and cling to the hope of a better future
While the number of people arriving is rapidly rising, the French authorities have refused to recognize the camp. The only interventions French police is running can be described as tear gazing refugees and bulldozing the shelters of the Southern part of the camp a few months ago
Refugees manage to survive thanks to the donations provided and great support of the NGO working there. Care4Calais , the charity I have been working with, have done an amazing job supporting refugees on camp by distributing food parcels, clothes and tents and running different projects including English, art and sport classes. But the camp remains an improper place to live over the long term and sadly most people are stuck there for months waiting to get their asylum status approved.
In oder to bring "life to the jungle", we aim to bring some amusements on camp - including Ping Pong Tables that will be stored in one of the camp restaurant and sports and school equipments. However we can't do that alone, we hope this crowdfunding page will help us to raise sufficient amount of money before mid-Aug (date we would like to bring everything on camp) so please take some of your time and donate.
In the mean time if you have any equipment you don't need anymore this would be much appreciated ! Please visit our page or contact us, we're waiting for your kind donations!