Weʼve raised $3,760 to cover living expenses for 3 weeks of volunteering with refugees in Dunkirk, France and to buy supplies for the refugees while I'm there.
- Grande-Synthe, France
- Funded on Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
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For me, the refugee crisis, arguably the greatest international humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust, is the fight from which I can’t walk away. Until everyone has a piece of land on which they are allowed to stand, I will use my incredible privilege to support and defend those who have been displaced and abandoned by the international community.
I arranged to spend three weeks volunteering at the Women’s Centre in the Dunkirk Refugee camp in May. Two weeks ago, the camp burned down. People who had nothing now have less than nothing. 1700 refugees lost the pitiful shelters they had had in the camp. Many are living in tents in the fields around where the camp was and hundreds are still unaccounted for.
I will be going to Grande-Synthe (the town between Calais and Dunkirk when the previous camp was) for three weeks in May as planned. During that time, I’ll help with relocation if needed, distribution of goods, and advocacy. I will be meeting with several NGOs and non-profits working on the ground to support the hundreds refugees who are still in the area. I will be conducting interviews with women refugees regarding the need for a women and children only camp.
My essentials for these three weeks include accommodations, food, and rental car for a total of $2000. I am also asking for contributions to be able to buy what is needed for the women and children once I arrive: phone cards, charging stations, clothes, blankets, tents, food, sanitary and hygiene products, etc. All money raised beyond my essentials will be spent on products or services for the refugees. I am setting a goal of $5000 but as the need is so great, anything raised above this amount will easily be spent. I will leave the page open until the day before I am scheduled to return.
Please consider what you can offer and pass this plea on as far as you can. I will keep you all updated with any progress on the women and children’s only refugee camp and while I am in Dunkirk. Thank you.
- 3 years ago
Claire Ryder3 years ago
Quick update: I spent a week in the kitchens that make 1700 meals a day providing lunch & dinner for the refugees who would otherwise starve. I went into the forest with families and saw the shelters they had built out of tarps and blankets. I fed a 6 month old baby so his mother could eat lunch & attend to her other children. I went to Paris on an emergency trip to visit a woman who had been put in a detention centre, separated from her baby. I provided hygiene products, clothes, shoes, & toys to families. Please send more help! Thank you!
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May 22, 2017
Claire,Your work is fantastic! We meant to contribute earlier and got our wires crossed (I thought Ira was doing it, etc.....) Looking forward to seeing you soon. Love, Karen and Ira
May 21, 2017
May 18, 2017
The people you are helping are in my thoughts. I am very happy to have the opportunity to support you in this important mission for humanity.
May 17, 2017
Claire--Keeping you and the vital work you are doing in my thoughts.
May 17, 2017
Thanks for doing this work, Claire. I'm very proud of you!
May 17, 2017
Michael P. Hill
May 15, 2017
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I'm a humanitarian activist and was one of the organizers of the Women's March on London. I am now focusing on the refugee crisis. I'll be in the Dunkirk/Calais area for three weeks before returning to Philadelphia to focus on the refugee and immigration issues in America.