In August, the UN Refugee Agency reported that there were an estimated 3,000 refugees and migrants in Calais and surrounding areas. The UNHCR expressed concern regarding the ‘dire living and reception conditions in makeshift camps around Calais.’
Doctors of the World are currently working to provide aid and support to those in need in Calais. In a message to doctors and supporters, Executive Director of Doctors of the World, Leigh Daynes said:
If you are interested in volunteering in Calais, the essential criteria is a near to fluent command of French, availability for at least 2 / (ideally) 3 weeks and a strong background in working with refugees/vulnerable groups in a similar context.
We particularly need to hear from volunteers who are able to speak a good level of French (as above) as well as Arabic or Tighrinya or Amarikh.
If you fulfil the above criteria please email your CV and a cover letter including availability until the end of the year to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More immediately a great way to help is to donate here: http://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/pages/calais-appeal
Any financial donations mean that we can spend money most effectively where it is most needed, and enable us to respond flexibly and quickly to the needs on the ground.
Dr Na’eem Ahmed, CEO of Selfless, said:
The pictures of women clinging onto their children, fleeing their homes on packed boats, have left us feeling numb. Doctors of the World are providing much needed assistance and aid to those in need. I hope medical colleagues and supporters will help in any way that they can.
1.Doctors of the World UK, a registered charity (1067406) and registered company (3483008), part of the international Médecins du Monde network, which has met the health needs of vulnerable people in more than 70 countries since 1980.
2. Selfless, a registered charity (1147463) and registered company (07879716), creates global social impact through skills-sharing and innovation.