Visit to Calais Jungle, France

We are thankful to all ( Muslim and non-Muslims) who contributed towards a valuable cause to provide some warm clothing, bedding, tents and money  which was used for the food for the refugees.

Swindon Masjid sent 2 big Vans full of clothes and Food for the Refugees in Calais, similarly Bristol Quran Academy had three Vans of full of clothes and Food.

At Calais , there are two places, where the clothes and food can be given:

  • 1:  Refugee Distribution Centre
  • 2: Calais Jungle,  located  around 7km from Calais Eurostar Terminal.

At RDC, the clothes are sorted in sizes and ladies & men.  Blankets, Towels , Sleeping Bags, Tents, Wellies are sorted by the suppliers ( like ourself). RDC is totally run by volunteers, and is also a registered Charity in France.  Most of the volunteers were British, well done!!

This is visited by several Charites from UK and France.

RDC has installed new gas burners to cook the food for the refugees.

Here the requirements are fresh vegetables, spices and tinned food. A List will be provided at the end of report.

Calais Jungle

This camp started sometime in 2014 near the Ferry and Eurostar Terminals. The Calais jungle is spreading with plastic covered tents. Some of these tents are covered with tarpaulin sheets, where the majority of these camps are made with black or blue plastic sheets. Now, around 6000 people live in the camp known as “The Jungle”.

The camp is mostly populated with refugees from Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, and several African countries,

We took two vans to this place, one loaded with food parcels, and some clothes and shoes. The situation in the camp is dire. Pet animal live better than these refugees. There is no water drainage, so when it rains, then it is muddy and many water puddles. Some of these of puddles were more 30 cm deep.

The people are desperate hungry for food. When we distributed the food, it was coax. But we managed to supply the family and single food parcels to as many as we could. We specially looked after the ladies with children, who were served immediately.

There were no lights, only head lights of vehicles and torches.

Calais Camp

Kitchen

  • 200mm 1/1 Gastro tins – Stainless Steel
  • 100 Litre or greater – Stainless heavy bottom Pots
  • Extra Large stirring Paddles
  • Arabian Flat bread ( Khubz)   long life, at least 7 days,  needed for Breakfasts

Here is an email from the Volunteer in Calais:

Hello,

My name is Annie and I help coordinate donation deliveries in Calais for L’Auberge des Migrants and Help Refugees. Thank you so much for getting in touch and wanting to donate to the Refugee Camp here, we all appreciate your kindness.

If you’re interested in what else is needed at this time and whether your donations correspond with the present needs, here is our current list of priorities (please note this is constantly changing and may be updated):

Pre made identical food parcels (with a selection of easy to cook & non-perishable food e.g. tinned (pull tops) tuna/ lamb/ chicken/ beef, tinned (pull top) beans/ chickpeas/ lentils/tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, salt, long life fruit juice, long life milk, coffee, tea, cooking oil, easy cook rice, spices – all in a bag, tied up, ready to be distributed directly.

Volunteers, especially if you can stay more than a day or two! (if you wish to volunteer, please email calaisaid@gmail.com )

Building materials (if you are bringing any or have any building skills you’d like to put to good use, please email calaisbuild@gmail.com)

  • Blankets !!
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents ( 4 man tents or larger)
  • Waterproof warm winter coats and waterproof trousers
  • Tarpaulins
  • Camp mats
  • Firewood
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Wind up/ solar torches and lanterns
  • Men’s waterproof walking boots high ankle or trainers size especially sizes 42 and 43
  • Women’s boots/ shoes up to size 39. No heels!
  • Socks and Underwear (men’s, women’s and children’s)
  • Goody bags of hats, gloves and scarves
  • Men’s trousers – in particular men’s black jeans size 28-36
  • Flat pack cardboard boxes (size 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48)

We are currently sufficiently stocked up on clothing items except those mentioned above, so we would appreciate if you could hold off on any clothes donations until further notice, and until we have more capacity and a greater need for them.

Please visit this link and view the day time pictures of the Calais Jungle.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/28/life-in-a-refugee-camp-the-cold-and-fear-get-in-your-bones

There are several pictures and the state of the Calais camp is given under “Calais Jungle” on Google search.

Please start donating for the Refugees, the winter is here, life will very very hard for these people.

Thamesdown Islamic Association
124/5 Broad Street, Swindon SN1 2DR
Registered Charity no: 276549
Website: www.swindonmasjid.com

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