With backgrounds in business and after 6 months involved in humanitarian relief in Calais, John Sloan and Paul Hutchings founded Refugee Support in April 2016 to help where institutions and organsations were failing.
The UNHCR, large humanitarian organisations and the governments have a lot of resources but we can move more quickly and serve the immediate needs of refugees while also working with them to co-ordinate activities.
Not only do we need the help of local communities to deliver services, but to facilitate integration and opportunities we need to foster goodwill and generate social and economic benefits for them as well as for refugees.
Why we are needed
Refugee Support was founded in 2016 in response to governmental failure across Europe to protect and support people who had fled violent conflict, a failure which continues to this day. Outside of Europe, the situation is even worse, and as a result many refugees risk their lives on treacherous journeys in search of safety.
Even if they make it to a safer country, tens of thousands of individuals and families remain trapped in makeshift camps or sub-standard accommodation, barely able to make ends meet. With hostile attitudes and inadequate governmental aid, there is not enough support for these individuals to rebuild their lives and become independent.
Our mission: How we help
We believe that everyone has a right to dignity-- a commitment enshrined in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
At Refugee Support, we believe that how we provide aid is just as important as what aid is provided. We call this strategy Aid With Dignity.
Large humanitarian agencies are helping, but they move slowly and their resources are stretched. Governments step in, but it is often the bare minimum and sometimes dehumanising. Our organisation is able to respond more quickly, more personally, and in more caring ways. We can go to locations where refugees are first arriving and give them the support they need to help them rebuild their lives.
We are contributing to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Specifically Goals 1,2,3 and 5 to end poverty and hunger, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being, and to achieve gender equality. We are developing other services to work towards some of the other SDGs.
Have a look and judge for yourself
Have a look at what we have done at the different locations here.
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Setting high standards
We focus on high professional and ethical standards. To support those standards, we are registered signatories of the IFRC Code of Conduct, all our volunteers need to read the Volunteers agreement and sign up here, and respect our own Code of Conduct for behaviour on the camp.
In order to comply with the local regulations where we work, Refugee Support Europe has registered and operates a Greek NGO and a Cyprus NGO.