Wednesday, 4 November 2015
A month later...
Its been around a month since I first published my blog and its had more views than I could ever have imagined.
Since then lots has changed. Firstly, we organised ourselves better and have now established a Community Interest Company, East Lothian Aid for Refugees. For more information, please see our shiny new website: Our Facebook page would also appreciate some likes! We are now able to seriously fundraise to help people in Calais and look at where else we can assist.
Secondly, I have been back to the Jungle with my two travelling companions, Lily and Fiona. Although I had been there before, it was heart wrenching. It was so much colder and so much muddier. Nothing could have prepared us for the fact that the Jungle has doubled in size to approximately 6,000 inhabitants. This includes lots of women and children. The additional toilets could not possibly make an impact on a camp that doubled in size over a period of just three weeks. I'm laid low with flu at the moment but will write a bit about the current situation in the Jungle later.
We've looked at various options on what we can do. All of what we are looking for is on our website. If you are lucky enough to have any spare cash at this time of year, we are looking to raise funds to install Frontier Stoves in tents in Calais. They're expensive but undoubtedly the best option, particularly given the recent fires caused by gas stoves and burning open fires under tarpaulin.