ABOUT FAB HUB 31 and RASI-RINE (Reseau d’Actions Solidaires Internationales & Reseau d’Insertion Nationale des Exiles)
Following the huge success of the social media network group France & Beyond in connecting people to facilitate (among other things) the collection and distribution of aid for refugees, the FAB HUB 31 was formed by Nikki McArthur. Nikki is based in the countryside of the Haute-Garonne and since September 2015 has been a main collection centre for donations of aid for onward distribution to refugees.
Nikki met Stephanie Poncet-Muenier while volunteering in Dunkirk in January 2016. Stephanie was in the process of forming a new charity RASI-RINE (Networks for Actions of International Solidarity and for National Integration of Exiles) and invited Nikki to join her as the International Relations Representative for the French-registered charity, which is based in Blagnac, near Toulouse.
Hub31 is now the main collection point for RASI-RINE and France & Beyond supporters. RASI-RINE works in concert with other charities and funding bodies in France, the UK, Syria and elsewhere to deliver aid to refugees.
Donations for container aid come from grassroots supporters, hospitals and other private and public organisations.
Four containers have successfully reached those in need in Syria and two more are planned for this year and early next.
Donations come in the form of used items (clothes, tents etc), medical and hygiene supplies (unused medicines, nappies etc) and food, as well as more substantial medical equipment such as hospital beds, wheelchairs and ambulances.
ABOUT PEOPLE TO PEOPLE SOLIDARITY
RASI-RINE work closely with People To People Solidarity (P2PS) who are our main link to other similar groups in the UK and charities able to help fund and facilitate our container projects.
P2PS is an umbrella grassroots Facebook and offline movement of ordinary, everyday people each doing what they can to help refugees across Europe and the Middle East.
During the 2015 European refugee crisis there was a well documented grassroots response which sought to fill in the gaps where aid agencies simply couldn’t. As these groups evolved they developed the capacity to ship container aid. Now there are circa 15 UK-wide groups (in addition to RASI-RINE in France) sending a steady flow of containers to Greece, Syria and Lebanon – the three countries where we can send humanitarian aid tax exempt. Lebanon is our most recent development.
Whether from the Scottish Highlands, Cornwall, London or Toulouse, all groups are united by the principle of easing suffering for refugees, particularly with no end in sight to the Syrian civil war.
These groups are increasingly sophisticated in reach, even having sent lifesaving medical equipment such as baby incubators and dialysis machines to Syria, where the medical infrastructure is decimated.
People To People Solidarity has around 6500 members in the main Europe and Middle East response group. The groups have a strong ability to fundraise but need to grow business relationships in order to become even more efficient in shipping aid. Aid is usually shipped through charity partners, in the case of this Lebanon project the partner charity is
Muslims In Need.
We are not a political movement, although we look for political solutions.
We are not a religious organisation, although we welcome all religions.
We recognise that we are all different, but that we all have something to give, and something to learn.
We are, above all, believers in the power of together.
ABOUT MUSLIMS IN NEED
Muslims In Need is a UK-registered charity whose aim is to deliver humanitarian and medical aid to Muslims suffering in various parts of the world.
Muslims in Need works towards projects such as helping orphans and widows, families, refugees, schools, hospitals and dawah organisations. One of the current projects is container aid whereby essential items and donations are collected in various locations in the UK and France.
Ambulances are also purchased and sent in containers by sea to Syria. Donations are trackable from the moment they are given to the moment they are handed over on Facebook and Twitter where progress is updated regularly.
Muslims in Need are funding the latest container delivery to Lebanon in concert with RASI-RINE and France and Beyond.
ABOUT SALAM LADC
SALAM LADC is the charity who will be receiving the donations we send to Lebanon. The goal of this NGO is to bring together a host of large and small organisations (both local and international), volunteers and grassroots initiatives to successfully channel aid and more to where it is needed across Lebanon. Salam works to improve the lives of refugees in Lebanon in many ways: by supporting the education of refugees’ children; by distributing aid including medical aid and even livestock to afford refugees greater food security; by creating the conditions for better integration of refugees into Lebanese society (social events, helping municipal services, first aid training).
The expert on-the-ground knowledge of Salam and their extensive network of partners are essential in assuring NGOs such as Muslims in Need and RASI-RINE, as well as their supporters, of the effective and safe delivery of aid to where it is most needed in Lebanon and into the hands of those most in need.