Sanitary Towels for Calais Refugees (and more)

Update posted by Alex Mankowitz On Sep 01, 2015

Hello kind people!
Just an update. 5th September is approaching (too) fast. Just wanted to update you that you have given a good bundle of Pashto/French/Arabic/English dictionaries to the school for refugees. The school, L'Ecole Laïque des Dunes, also functions as a much-needed safe space for women and children. Apparently they are sleeping in the daytime and awake at night, to stay safe.
Appallingly, it has now been declared that the tiny centre for women (at Jules Ferry) will only allow women and children to stay for a maximum of three months - and this applies retrospectively, so that those whose stay is already approaching three months will be kicked out very soon. More info here: https://passeursdhospitalites.wordpress.com/2015/0... (use browser's translation).
I will update more when I know more. On Saturday I will go to the school and see what else they need for next time. I'm also meeting someone from L'Auberge des Migrants http://www.laubergedesmigrants.fr/. But really a flying visit with my Bulgarian co-pilot (I am scared of driving on the right).
So it's a lot more than sanitary pads!
I will find a way to share all receipts once I have them.
Costco tomorrow :-)
If you have any comments or questions, please tell me.
Bonne nuit et merci bien xxx


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Update posted by Alex Mankowitz On Aug 20, 2015

Hello friends
I've made contact with two women in Calais who are working to support the many women in Calais who have been forced into prostitution. They need donations to support the women's sexual health (condoms etc, also rape alarms). I'm making more contacts every day; it's very hard since there is so much need, but trying to find the most effective use of the money you've so graciously donated (in addition to sanitary towels of course).
Thank you all!
Love Alex xxx

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Update posted by Alex Mankowitz On Aug 18, 2015

Hello everyone, I?m quite overwhelmed in every way by your generosity. If we only buy sanitary towels there will be a mountain! I?m in contact with some groups on the ground to see what else is needed. There are amazing people out there doing distribution and updating lists of urgently needed items on a day-to-day basis. I will post updates here when I have more information. Thank you thank you thank you xxx

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Update posted by Alex Mankowitz On Aug 18, 2015

Thanks to people's generosity within the first eight hours (!) it looks like I'll be able to go more than once, so I've extended the fundraising target. Thank you and much love to everyone who's contributed so far.

Alex xxx

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