The Refugee Support Express – Thursday 9 November 2017
Welcome to the Refugee Support Express
Breaking in Bangladesh
On November 12, we arrive in Bangladesh to see what we can do to support refugees fleeing from the horrific persecutions in Myanmar. Keep your eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for more developments, but in the meantime, you can help us scale up our support and assist refugees from Rohingya by donating here.
Keeping Up With Katsikas
The upgrades to Katsikas are developing quickly, and last Saturday, we visited the camp to check on its progress.
Thanks to the generosity of Help Refugees and Aslam Obaid, our ‘Shopping Arcade’ is ready to welcome 450 new residents to the camp, and we are filling the larders at the ‘Mini Market’ fit to burst to ensure that they are able to enjoy a warm, home cooked meal upon arrival.
Next week, we shall begin to stock our shops to ensure that we deliver the #AidWithDignity that our guests deserve. Each living container has a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living spaces and solar panels for heating water, which will allow refugees to take warm showers – a huge improvement from previous living conditions.
As many of our residents are fleeing from terrible conditions, we are determined to provide healthy food, items of clothing and any comforts required, in the hopes that this will help them to regain a sense of calm and normality in their lives.
Once settled, residents will be able to use Refugee Support Tokens to visit the Mini Market to purchase what they require, and it’s thanks to you, our Donors, that we are able to make this possible.
Fresh From Fillipiada
Time is flying at our Fillipiada camp, where containers are having upgrades to kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. We are excited to see this finally happen so that residents have a bit of comfort in their newly refurbished homes.
We have welcomed many new arrivals over the past few weeks from the Islands, and it’s a delight to be providing aid with dignity after the conditions some have suffered on the Islands.
Live From LM Village
Our free mini-market continues to offer valuable support, saving local refugees over an hours’ walk to the nearest shop and home with heavy, expensive supplies. Whilst life is better now for our refugees, we always welcome the opportunity to offer more support through donation or volunteering. We’d love to invite you to support us at our thriving LM Village. Care to join us?
A Mile In My Shoes
Wise Cherokee proverb states that you can never fully understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Although we may never be able to truly imagine the horrors that many refugees have faced, or the strength that it has taken to escape them, we’d like to invite you to walk a mile in the shoes of those who travelled through the mountains of Macedonia with us. (Well, perhaps more than one mile!)
To highlight the on-going plight of refugees and to raise funds to continue delivering #AidWithDignity, we are planning to walk the route the refugees took through the Macedonia mountains before they were stopped two years ago. This will be a tough walk and a challenging fundraiser. Are YOU up for the challenge?
Founder and co-director of Refugee Support, Paul, was invited to chat with Melita Dennet on Radio Reverb this week. You can listen to the interview here.
Winter is settling in, and as we batten down the hatches for the cold season, we’re working hard to support refugees this winter. If you haven’t started planning your festive gifts yet, we’ve got some wonderful Christmas gifts available this year, including a tasty Syrian cookbook and a heartwarming 2018 calendar. ALL of the proceeds help to support Refugees during the winter period, so you’ll be helping to make more than one person smile this Christmas!
Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you next time.
Please contacts us today at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or just want to get in touch.