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Hi everyone! My name is Laura and I’m currently here with Bless on a three month internship, living in the city of Caen until mid December. One of the principal projects with which I’m involved is SOS Chai, where our team have the privilege of serving and distributing hot meals, drinks, clothes and basic essentials to a group of around 60 refugees from Sudan, using a converted ambulance (Mr T) in the presqu’île district of Caen. As a team we go out twice weekly, serving the boys (most of whom are in their 20s) whilst playing card games, trying to listen, for those who are willing and able to share, to parts of their stories. Most of the boys are either sleeping rough or in the squat by the station and although the weather is still relatively mild here, the approaching winter means that the boys are getting more desperate for blankets and sleeping bags. As a team, we would absolutely love to to be able to give each of the guys the gift of a sleeping bag to help them to get through the next few months and if possible, we would be looking to get around 50/60 (around 15€ each). We are also hoping to raise funds towards getting them each some sturdier shoes for the winter, as these seem to be one of the items of clothing that they are most desperate for at this point. If you would like to contribute in any way towards this appeal, no matter how small, it would mean so much to these guys, who still don’t know how long they may have to wait in this limbo period. Thank you so much everyone, we so appreciate all your generosity!
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