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Refugee Response Update #3 - What We've Done So Far

Nov 1 2015

Over the last few weeks we have been able to respond to the current refugee crisis thanks to your generous contributions of time, funds and items!

Below is a short update of different ways we have helped so far:

Calais Camp Clean Up
Over the last few weeks, we have taken a team of Greenlight volunteers to a refugee camp located in Calais in France. The camp is situated just across the English Channel, only a two hour drive from London.

Currently there are refugees from all over the world living in the camp. To give you an idea of the exponential growth the camp experiences, there were 3,500 at the beginning of September, now, 6000.

At least once a month on Saturdays we travel to the camp, clearing piled up rubbish that has been around for weeks or months. These rubbish piles pose a serious health concern as they are a breeding place for diseases.

On a normal Saturday we have been able to clear 6,5 tons of waste. Together with Doctors Without Borders and refugees in the camp we have been able to clean many sites in the camp.

Through cleaning up the camp and raising awareness of the many health risks in the camp population, we hope to make living conditions a little more humane.

Find out more on how you can volunteer with the Refugee Response.




Thanks to your generosity we have collected around 15,000 items for the Refugee Response! Items include winter jackets, clothes, shoes, underwear and materials.

A few weeks ago we brought some of the donated items to the distribution warehouse in Calais where a local organisation now distributes the supplies to people throughout the camp.



Psychiatric tent
Through your giving we have also been able to purchase a tent to support the work of Doctors of the World, an organisation that brings medical care to the people in the camp.

The tent will help facilitate psychiatric therapy for those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We will soon be going over with a small team to help set up this tent.


Water Container
Lack of sanitation is a major concern in the camp. We are working on bringing in a shipping container that will be kitted out with sinks.

The Greenlight team has started painting the container this week and for the next little while we will be working on getting it ready for the camp.

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To find out more  the Refugee Response, visit our website by clicking the button below.