The Refugee Crisis
Please read the latest statement from Care4Calais:
Care4Calais statement on the proposed demolitions:
We do not believe that demolitions will stop refugees coming to Calais: in February over the camp was demolished and yet now it is bigger than it has ever been before. As long as there are refugees in France who need our help we will continue to provide humanitarian aid and social support.
We are urgently asking people to unite with refugees and sign our petition to stop the demolitions. The imminent threat of dismantling means that thousands of refugees will loose their makeshift homes. With winter around the corner we need your support to stop this before its too late. For more information, please look at our website.
Throughout the process of the demolitions, and after, our operations will continue to be run by volunteers - we still need you!
We need donations more than ever to help out in this time of crisis https://www.facebook.com/ care4calais/posts/ 1294731803893107:0
We are always in need of funds to continue our work : click here to donate
If you :
- have some items you want to donate please see here for drop-off points.
- want to bring items to Calais see here for the items in greatest demand
- are going to donate items please see our packing guide
More information on our website: care4calais.org
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Follow us on Twitter: @Care4Calais Over the last few months the refugee situation in Europe has escalated to an unprecedented level. Not since WWII have we seen so many run from their own homes in order to find safety and asylum. We must act with compassion and love if we are to make a difference. This is a defining moment in our history as a country and as Christians. We believe Christians are called to break down barriers, to welcome the stranger and to love thy neighbour. Syria, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan along with other places of conflict and oppression are unable to care for their own people and therefore we must provide refuge for those that have no choice but leave.
Since August 2015 All Saints Church with the support of many many people have taken aid to the refugee camp in Calais on four occasions. The response to our appeals has been incredible. Over that time the need has changed significantly; in many ways the need has grown - the sheer number of refugees in Europe has meant the asylum application system has been over stretched and asylum seekers are not being attended to in good time. Calais is no exception, the need is still great.
We at All Saints Church want to help. The information below is intended to help you make a difference to the many thousands of refugees in Calais and Europe. You will also find the following links helpful:
Thank you for your amazing response, your prayers and your help.
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'The Jungle' in Calais
Why should we help?
Krish Kandiah speaks about our responsibility as Christians to respond to those in need, not forgetting that God's salvation and redemption was told through the tears, cries and anguish of refugees.
How else can I help?
All Saints Church is really keen to help others to make a difference. We continue to look for ways in which we can work together. If you feel called to help then please see below for a list of organisations and their appeals, or register your interest using the Volunteer Page.
Home for Good (a Christian charity) works with many local authorities across the UK and has in the past worked closely with churches to help with fostering and adoption. They are now compiling a database of people who have space in their homes and may be interested in exploring further the possibility of fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children for a few days in an emergency, short term or long term.
Unaccompanied minors are extremely vulnerable and may also be traumatised following the loss of everything and everyone they know, long and tortuous journeys, and possibly having witnessed the death of family members. They may find it difficult to communicate and difficult to trust. It is vitally important that these children are placed in safe homes where they can have the time, space and support to begin to rebuild their lives.
If you are happy to be contacted about welcoming asylum-seeking children please use the link on the right.
Help Us support refugees arriving in Europe.
They are issuing an appeal for donations to fund the Diocese in Europe as it reaches out to refugees arriving throughout Europe.
The Diocese in Europe is working on the frontline with refugees, and has asked Us to be the official agency for Anglican churches in Britain and Ireland to channel donations for its work; and we can receive donations from any country.
Your donations to our Rapid Response Fund will help the diocese to provide emergency medical support, food, shelter and pastoral care for refugees. Initially, there will be a particular focus on the situation in Greece and Hungary.
Bishop in Europe David Hamid writes: 'Thank you so much for your support at this critical time.
‘Due to staffing limitations in our diocesan office, it would be best if Us could collect the funds and transfer consolidated funds to the diocese for use in Greece, Hungary and where there is need. We have an efficient process agreed that will help our partners working on the ground.’
Christian Aid launched an appeal to support both partner agencies working in Europe to alleviate suffering in the refugee crisis and organisations in the Middle East providing emergency relief to those forced from their homes by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
The charity is also urging people across Cornwall to support its appeal by asking supporters to email Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May, pressing them to take a courageous stand at EU talks next week to ensure the UK plays a full part in a “permanent, balanced and mandatory EU relocation scheme”, which the charity says must include the UK welcoming those seeking sanctuary in Europe.
Premier Youthwork is calling young people across the UK to help provide protection and warmth to refugees in Calais this winter by sponsoring a temporary shelter in the camp. Each shelter costs £500 to build and can hold up to 12 people. This is a major opportunity to answer Jesus’ simple call to love one another. Learn more and download free resources to help you get started at premieryouthwork.com/lovecalais.
Get involved with grass roots groups and organisations based in Calais: