L'Auberge des Migrants/Help Refugees (formerly Help Calais) has been the only organisation in Calais building shelters for the refugees in the camp. And we are critically low on funds to continue our ambitious build programme.
L'Auberge is a grass-roots charity based in Calais, supporting the refugee community since 2008. Since the boom in numbers of residents in the 'Jungle', the unofficial refugee camp where 6000-7000 men, women and children are currently living, our workload has increased exponentially. There are no major aid organisations supplying aid such as food, clothing, bedding or shelter, so Auberge/Help Calais has taken on the task of delivering all of these, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The shelter-building project is the most demanding, in terms of volunteer power and, critically, donations. We constantly need to purchase very large quantities of materials. We supplied materials and along with the residents, built 180 shelters in October and 400 in November. This massive figure represents around 2,320 people in shelters, raised off the earth, away from the cold, wet ground, insulated against the icy winds. They now have a door of their very own, allowing them to create something resembling a home rather than a chilly tent. Check out this video to see a little snippet of what our amazing volunteers do: https://vimeo.com/146565514
Around half the camp are currently out of tents and in shelters. We would like to be able to build or supply the materials for at least 500 more shelters over the next 6 weeks, as Winter hits, accommodating another 2000 people. For this we would need 130,000 euros so please consider this as a perfect Christmas pressie option this festive season. We need all your support so please share this with your social networks.
1 Shelter costs 260 euros *
Timber: 22 pieces - 60 euros
Pallets: 12 - 48 euros
Plastic: 20m2 - 27 euros
Insulation: 29m2 - 70 euros
Wrapped OSB door: 18 euros
Hinges: 2 - 5 euros
Latches: 2 - 4 euros
Padlock: 1 - 4 euros
Screws for frame: 2 euros
Nails 110mm, 70mm and 45mm: 5 euros
Hammer, Saw & Bucket: 12 euros
Petrol & vehicle charge: 5 euros
* costs can vary significantly depending on supplier availability and volume of materials purchased
What YOU get (aside from the warm fuzzy feeling)
10 euros or more - a Christmas present voucher for a friend with the amount you spent, detailing what that sum will allow us to purchase for one or more of our build kits!
20 euros a signed thank you photo of our amazing volunteer build team, sent electronically (and the Xmas pressie voucher)
50 euros a personalised video message from the president of the association, wearing a novelty Christmas accessory
100 euros a personalised video thank you message from our build team
200 euros a video message with a song, personalised for you, sung by Jack, Barney and Pete our long-term building volunteers, complete with guitar accompaniment
Special thanks goes, as always, to Help Refugees, who are the biggest funders of our building project. Without their support we would not have been able to achieve what we have this far. Eternal love and gratitude too, to the tireless team of build volunteers who frequently work well into the night, in rain and freezing temperatures, to get the shelters distributed and built, where they are most needed.
Check out this video to see a little snippet of what our amazing volunteers do: https://vimeo.com/146565514
Help Refugees Facebook page
Building in Calais Jungle Facebook Page
L'Auberge des Migrants Facebook page and Website