Welcome to our latest update about France And Beyond (FAB), the network of individuals in France coordinating aid to refugees.
We have had an amazing response to our recent appeals so here are just a few of the actions that the group has been able to take as a result:
Socks for Refugees
– 850 pairs of socks arrived in Leros.
– 1,500 pairs should be docking in Lesbos very shortly to be delivered to the Kempsons who will share with other charities.
– 1,000 pairs of heatholders have been sent to the medics in Calais who are treating feet (foot) injuries, with another 1,500 pairs going to camp directly and via volunteers
– 1,500 pairs are on their way to Croatia to be distributed in Camps in Serbia and Croatia.
– 100 pairs were sent for the refugees in la Place de la République, Paris.
In the pipeline are Macedonia, more for Greece – Kalyiminos and Kos, Samos and Tilos – plus sourcing a supplier in Turkey for socks for a camp for Ezidi/Yazidi in Turkey to be purchased by the sock fund.
Donate to the sock appeal here.
Calais and Dunkirk camps
A number of volunteers have visited and distributed aid from Hubs 16, 24 and 53 as well as staying to distribute additional aid, work in the warehouse and generally help in the camps which includes setting up a school room in Dunkirk. A fold up camping table from Hub 16 now has pride of place as the school table along with materials donated by members of the group.
Update from Lyn: “The Bordeaux camp is currently OK for clothes and blankets – and the Bordeaux Group has done a stellar job donating and delivering all the basics. A gas cooker donated via France & Beyond has been the star donation and has allowed the guys in the camp to become more self-sufficient.
We are now concentrating efforts of food supplies to ensure they can continue to be as self-sufficient as possible. Non-perishable food is still needed as are fresh fruits and vegetables but these need to be delivered direct for immediate use (check with us if you have these and cannot deliver direct to ensure we are able to pass them on before they are past their best).
We are now directing most of our non-food donations (clothing, blankets, tents etc) to Nikki at Hub 31 for future trips to trucks or camps elsewhere.”
Jacky finally made it to Leros after the five day ferry strike to deliver her ponchos and aid. While there she spent the final money on much-needed rucksacks, kids jumpers and, of course, ponchos.
16: Aid has been shipped to Iraq, Calais/Dunkirk and local refugees with inappropriate items heading to the jumble sale on 29 Nov. Congratulations to all involved.
24: Aid has been carefully sorted and shipped to Iraq, Calais/Dunkirk and local refugees. Thank you Ros and Mandy.
31: Aid has been shipped to Lesvos after Gary drove to Barcelona, and Iraq after Nikki drove to Paris via Limoges and Hub16! Well done guys.
53: Half of the stock has been delivered to Dunkirk by the wonderful Danielle and Norman with the second half scheduled for delivery soon, in time for the cold weather. Thank you for the donations that have made this possible. Hub 53 will close after this final delivery so we are now looking for a replacement hub in the north. Thank you to Ailsa and Graham for their hard work and support.
With refugees being dispersed around France, several teams are now able to help refugees living locally. In 72, Sam Lion has delivered to Precigné where the 3 teenage children started school this week. If you know of a local group of refugees requiring support, please get in touch.
FOR your diaries
SUN 29 NOV: Vide Dressing/Vente de Bric-à-Brac 10.00 – 16.00 Salle polyvalente, Availles-Limouzine 86460 – Volunteers required. Contact Phillip Mold for details.
SUN 6 DEC: Christmas Fayre at Kingdom Vegetal (31350) on 6th December 2pm – 5pm – all proceeds to refugee aid. See full info here.