A 3 year plan for Refugee Support Europe

21/05/19

Until now, we have rarely made plans for more than about 3 months. With limited resource, and dealing with emergencies on camps controlled by governments, future operations have always been uncertain. And anyway, John and I were only meant to be doing this for one year!

But people keep migrating and governments continue to fail them. They need a chance to rebuild their lives and we want to help. We also know that many of you want to help as well. So we have put together a plan for the next 3 years in order to meet the challenges.

Have a look and let us know what you think:

RSE 3 year vision

Comments

  1. Excellent plan presentation providing a thoughtful solution to a much needed community. Wishing you and John all the success you and all the volunteers deserve.

  2. It’s great to have a long term plan, congrats and much encouragement to achieve the objectives.

    Maybe you have already explain the reasons to move from food deliver (like in Katsikas) to service deliver and the reasons to leave Europe and to get Latin America but I think it’s worth to write some thoughts about it.

    Eduardo

    1. Author

      Hola Eduardo, thank you. Things are working out well in Cyprus where we are offering a place that people can use to get the skills and learning they need to rebuild their lives. That experience is highlighting what we need to do as an organisation. The longer we stay on a refugee camp, the longer we are supporting an inhumane policy of long term containment. It is a failing policy that does not treat people with dignity. They should only ever be short term places to stay (say 1 month). After that, people need to be moved into communities and supported into employment and education.

      I do not think we will leave Europe. We will be in Europe *and* Latin America.
      That is because people will keep coming and governments will not do enough for them.

  3. I agree with Eduardo (above). I too would like to know more about the thinking behind these decisions. Especially the choice to focus on Latin America* in the future, when the needs In Europe and close to home (eg Lebanon & Jordan) show no signs of diminishing.

    *Latin America… that’s a whole lot of world! Do you have plans for where you will start? And why have you selected / how will you select these areas?

    1. Author

      Hi Sarah, thank you for getting in touch. I have replied above to Eduardo about the move to services – it’s about tailoring how we deliver dignity. If there is suddenly an emergency need in Europe or anywhere and we have the capacity, we would deliver food and clothing but there comes a time when handouts undermine efforts to help people rebuild lives. It is hard to judge when that is so we have to be constantly asking how much we are helping and how much we are harming.

      You’re right about the needs across Europe and in the Middle East. There are many, many places with refugees and that number will rise. We’d like to be everywhere and where we go next is likely to be where we know people. We have some experience, contacts and the Spanish language. The other thing about Central America is many of those people are not fleeing war but they are refugees – forced out of their country because life has become unbearable. Part of what we need to do is advocate for a better way to treat everyone who needs to migrate.

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