Where to donate money

Individuals within our network may accept financial contribution or Paypal donations to help with the costs of moving supplies around France, and to buy additional supplies locally for direct donation to the refugee camps on our network.

If you don’t use Facebook, you can email us at contact@franceandbeyond.fr for the contact details of your nearest collection point, or to make a Paypal donation.

Another way to help is to donate money directly to organisations working in the refugee camps themselves. Here are some initiatives you might consider donating to:

L’Auberge des Migrants
Provides direct help to the refugees in Calais by distributing food and clothing, and helping with shelters.

SALAM
A large organisation with more than 300 active volunteers and financed by donations and grants. It prepares and distributes meals, emergency healthcare and accommodation assistance, plus helps with administrative and legal support.

Calais Migrant Solidarity
An English-language group that documents police violence.

Médecins du monde
An international non-profit organisation providing emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable people.

Secours catholique Calais
A registered charity concerned with the problems of poverty and exclusion, and seeking to promote social justice.

Elsewhere in France

See also Liberation.fr (in French) for a list of other organisations aiding refugees across France.

Greece

Kos Kindness
A local initiative that has been helping refugees on Kos since 2011. 100% of donations go to refugees.

Help for Kos Refugees
GoFundMe campaign to raise money for day-to-day essentials for refugees.

Lesvos Volunteers
On-the-ground support, plus food and clothing distribution. See the website for a full list of donations that are needed, plus links to partner organisations.

Syria, Iraq and Turkey

Free Syria Montpellier
Charity delivering humanitarian assistance to disaster areas in Syria, and based on helping individuals to take action. The organisation runs charity events and sends food and clothing convoys to Syria.

Free Syria Lyon
France-based organisation accepting practical donations as well as money to help live suffering in Syria, and to support Syrian refugees outside their homeland.

Love in the Language of Yarn
Supporting 16 Syrian families living rough in Turkey.

Aid With Love
Working to raise aid to assist with ongoing work of L’Association Nasraya Ad Dema, including sending truck convoys to refugee camps in the Iraq/Syria border.

International organisations

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The UN agency has a special ‘Refugee Crisis in Europe’ appeal that’s asking for cash donations. There is also an appeal specific to Syria. The UNHCR website is also an excellent source of fact-based information about the refugee crisis.

International Committee of the Red Cross Syria
The Red Cross is running a special international campaign to help Syrian refugees. The organisation is also active on the ground helping refugees from other conflicts, including Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan.

International Rescue Committee
International aid agency working in Greece, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. Their website provides further guidance of how you can help.

MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station)
MOAS consists of international humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff, and experienced maritime officers who have come together to help prevent further catastrophes at sea.

Plan UK
Focuses its refugee work on children and their families. It has projects in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

Individual fundraisers

There are a large number of money-raising initiatives run by individuals around the world on charitable funding sites. With many of these, 100% of your funds go directly to refugee causes  without any admin charges being withdrawn, however please take care to research any you consider supporting to ensure your funds are put to good use. From time to time, we will highlight in our News section some of those that we believe may make a difference.