This year, Dost has seen an increasing number of young people facing emergency situations and our response to this has been to develop an emergency fund specifically to provide financial assistance to those in immediate need. As part of our holistic approach, we also provide emotional and practical support for all the young people who reach us.
But of course there are many young people who never reach us. As well as helping those who do, we also want to provide where we can for all those refugees and migrants facing a cold winter in Calais this Christmas. That is why we’re appealing for your help.
We are heading to Calais early in the New Year, to provide winter essentials for those who are stuck in camps there. Although all donations are welcome, the items we are focusing on are:
- Sleeping bags
- Torches and lanterns
As there is no electricity in the camps, many people are using candles for light and warmth, which of course pose a significant fire hazard and will not be practical during the winter months.
If you are based in (or near) East London and are able to provide any of these items, we are happy to accept donations to our office (located within the Trinity Centre). Along with your donations, we will also be asking our young people to share their experiences of living in Calais as well as sending messages of support to those who are still there.
A big thank you in advance for anything you are able to offer! If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please contribute to our emergency fund, to help provide immediate support to those most in need.