In September 2015, Making Herstory decided to INDEPENDENTLY IDENTIFY issues facing women and children refugees and PROVIDE RELIEF AND AID to families living in the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp of Calais.
From October 2015 to October 2016, our supporters enabled us to distribute urgent aid in the form of shelter, bedding, pre-packed backpacks, food packs, children’s goods, clothing, medicines and whatever else identified as a core need, to vulnerable refugees forced to reside in the camps of Calais, France.
Thanks to your ceaseless support of our works, we have been able to complete NINE official emergency aid convoys to date, commencing as of 18th September 2015, and followed up on 27th September 2015; 30th October 2015; 12th December 2015; 12th March 2016; 28th May 2016; 26th June 2016, 2nd July 2016 and 8th October 2016.
Our especial thanks to Sofinee Harun and Jamal Ismail – the amazing team behind the creation of KITCHEN IN CALAIS, for permitting us the honour of working in their kitchens whenever the opportunity arose, and providing a safe harbour for all our team.
In the meantime, we have also been lobbying the UK government to aid and shelter far more refugees than it has pledged to do so with the speed, efficiency and in the numbers so desperately needed.
READ OUR FIRST RECOMMENDATIONS PAPER: The Refugee Crisis – Proposed Motions & Actions.
Following the UK government’s retraction of the Dubs Amendment, we continue to investigate and pursue ways in which to aid refugee women and girls who have successfully entered the UK, as well as campaign for more vulnerable female refugees to be permitted safe passage.