Solidarität und Hilfe

Auf dem Gelände der Auberge des Migrants in Calais. (Foto: Th. Müller, Juni 2020)

In Calais, Dunkerque und an anderen Orten der Ärmelkanal-Region leisten zahlreiche zivilgesellschaftliche Gruppen humanitäre, solidarische und politische Arbeit. Die folgende Übersicht ist nicht tagesaktuell und sicher auch nicht vollständig. Hinweise auf sinnvolle Ergänzungen sind willkommen! Die Abstracts zu den Gruppen sind ihren jeweiligen Websites entnommen. (Stand: September 2022)

Die Redaktion selbst vertritt nicht die Interessen einer einzelnen Organisation, ruft jedoch dringend zu praktischer Hilfe und politischer Solidarität auf.

L’AUBERGE DES MIGRANTS: „L’Auberge des Migrants has been working with refugees and displaced people in Calais and the surrounding area since 2008. Today, our association plays an umbrella role by bringing together 8 different organisations, working collaboratively to support people, volunteers and organisations in the region. Based in our Calais warehouse, the vast majority of our work relies on private donations and relationships with partners. Public subsidies allow us to cover part of our expenses, but it is the donations that allow us to continue our work independently. All donations are used to provide humanitarian aid and promote the dignity of displaced people in region.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

CALAIS APPEAL: „We are a group of humanitarian aid organisations in Calais who have shared resources and expertise during the many years that we have been working on the ground. We collaborate to provide food, firewood, clothing, information and basic shelter to people seeking safety.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

CALAIS FOOD COLLECTIVE: „We work in Calais to ensure that displaced people stuck, often for many months in Calais, are able to cook for themselves. As well as it being essential to nourish yourself, the ability to cook has great psychological and communal advantages during a mentally and physically challenging time. […] The Calais Food Collective operates as a flat hierarchy and all members have an equal value in our decision making processes. No matter how long a volunteer stays, we invite any member to take on any role and respect each individual as vital to our team. Our assignments include: accounting, fundraising, field logistics, distributions, advocacy, recruitment.“ Info und Kontakt: hier und hier.

CALAIS MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: „Calais Migrant Solidarity started in 2009. It was a project that came out of the ‚Calais No Border Camp‘ of that summer, in which hundreds of people from across Europe and further afield came to camp on the outskirts of the town, take action against the border, and make connections with people without papers here. We are also widely known, particularly amongst people in Calais, as ‚No Borders‘. This sometimes causes a bit of confusion: the thing is, really, ‚No Borders‘ isn’t a group or organisation, it’s an idea. And the idea is pretty simple, it’s in the name: we are against borders. We believe in free movement for all.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

Care4Calais: „Care4Calais is a volunteer run charity delivering essential aid and support to refugees living in the UK, Northern France and Belgium.  We believe in a fair and tolerant British society and advocate for a welcoming and inclusive attitude towards refugees.Operating year round, our focus is to provide warm clothing, bedding, food and medical assistance to people in desperate need. We also provide social support and interaction, including language lessons and sports and music workshops. […] We also work with research and media organisations to advocate for a welcoming and inclusive attitude towards refugees and asylum seekers.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

CHANNEL RESCUE: „Channel Rescue is a grassroots, human rights monitoring organisation set up in response to government calls for increased securitisation and militarisation of the English Channel. […] What we do: Shore spotting patrols along the Kent coast: The patrols document any search and rescue operations, border force interceptions or any harassment from vessels run by the far-right. – Training: All our volunteers have undergone an intense one day session (held remotely online) in the basics of spotting small vessels at sea and what to do if they notice a vessel in distress. Trained by those who have worked in crisis situations before. – Witnessing: Video document all our operations at sea to protect migrants, as much as ourselves.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

COLLECTIVE AID: „Founded in 2017, Collective Aid supports refugees and other displaced people by stepping in where governments and large organisations do not. In Calais, the state does not provide accomodation, even confiscating people’s items to drive them away. Clothing and shelter is their people’s right. We hold year-round distributions of clothing, bedding, shelter and hygiene items, giving people a blanket to sleep under, a tent to live in, and warm and dry clothes.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS: „Human Rights Observers (HRO) was founded in 2017 as an inter-associative project and unofficial watchdog. Now a project of French organisation L’Auberge des Migrants, it aims to document and denounce the State violence perpetrated against displaced people at the French-UK border, in Calais and Grande-Synthe.“ Info und Kontakt: hier und hier.

LEGAL SHELTER / LA CABANE JURIDIQUE: „Indépendante, non-confessionnelle et à but non lucratif, la Cabane Juridique / Legal Shelter défend les libertés et droits fondamentaux, et agit en fonction des besoins et des choix exprimés par les personnes concernées. Elle désire contribuer à l’autonomisation des plus vulnérables, notamment des exilé·e·s, auxquel·le·s le libre-arbitre est bien trop fréquemment dénié.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

PLATEFORME DES SOUTIENS AUX MIGRANT.E.S: „Réseau d’associations intervenant auprès des exilé.e.s dans la région Hauts-de-France et sur le littoral de la Manche.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

PROJECT PLAY: „Project Play was founded in August 2018 by volunteers working in northern France to support displaced communities sleeping in informal camps. Project Play has worked with hundreds of children and run, on average, six sessions every week. We have welcomed and said goodbye to dozens of talented volunteers with a range of skills and expertise.“ Info und Kontakt: hier und hier.

REFUGEE COMMUNITY KITCHEN: „Refugee Community Kitchen was created on 1st December 2015 as a grassroots organisation in response to the tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes in search of refuge and safety in Europe. Pooling the resources and skills from their communities in the UK, RCK has since provided over two million meals. The organisation is run solely by volunteers from all over the world, who are ordinary people making a big difference to the lives of many.“ Info und Kontakt: hier und hier.

REFUGEE INFO BUS: „Since 2016, Info Bus has gained expertise on facilitating information and internet access as a fundamental pillar of rights for refugees and asylum seekers. Our team of 6 volunteers in Calais, together with our close-knit group of cultural mediators and translators, regularly produce and update vital information packs in Amharic, Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Oromo, Pashto, Tigrinya, Sorani, French and English. In a month we provide power and internet for over 80 hours in the field, charge over 3000 devices, distribute 520 cables, 2050 sim cards and 150 information guides.“ Kontakt und Info: hier und hier.

REFUGEE WOMEN’S CENTRE: „The Refugee Women’s Centre is a French association supporting displaced women and families, in transit, living in outdoor informal camps on the French-British border in Grande-Synthe and Calais. Refugee Women’s Centre has existed in Grande-Synthe since 2015, and became a registered French association in April 2017. Our work consists of providing the people we support with their most essential needs, accompanying their administrative procedures and assisting them in claiming their rights (including medical care, housing, and legal advice).“ Kontakt und Info: hier und hier.

ROOTS: „Roots was set up in Calais in 2017 following the demolition of the ‚Jungle‘ refugee camp. While the structure of the camp disappeared, the flow of refugees didn’t, so we set up an electronics workshop where we create ingenious solutions to the ongoing problem of affordable energy for those on the move. […] A phone is not only where family photos and contacts are kept, it also provides access to vital aid including food, clothes, shelter and medical care when displaced.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

SALAM (Soutenons, aidons, luttons, agissons
pour les migrants et les pays en difficulté): „Le 5 novembre 2002, le gouvernement français ordonne la fermeture du centre de la Croix Rouge qui accueillait à Sangatte les migrants présents dans le Calaisis.
La plupart d’entre eux se retrouvent jetés à la rue à l’aube de l’hiver. Des bénévoles se rassemblent alors pour organiser des distributions de nourriture et de vêtements et décident après quelque temps de se donner une existence juridique en fondant l’association SALAM. Depuis, les migrants n’ont cessé d’affluer, mais stationnent sur tout notre littoral. C’est pourquoi SALAM a également un pôle à Dunkerque.“
Info und Kontakt: hier.

SECOURS CATHOLIQUE, Délégation du Pas-de-Calais: „Le Secours Catholique Caritas-France est composé d’un réseau de 72 délégations réparties sur l’ensemble du territoire français réunissant plus de 60 000 bénévoles. […] La délégation comprend: Une mission auprès des personnes exilées bloquées à la frontière franco-britannique avec un accueil de jour à Calais et des activités; 2 boutiques solidaires, Texti-solidarités à Marquion et la boutique du Secours Catholique à Berck; une équipe dédiée à la thématique Prison-Justice; une équipe d’animation spirituelle“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

UTOPIA 56: „Utopia 56 est une association créée en novembre 2015 en Bretagne pour encadrer le bénévolat qui se déployait alors sur la jungle de Calais. Avec des actions 24h/24 et 7j/7 sur le terrain, plus de 200 bénévoles sont mobilisé·es chaque jour pour des maraudes de distributions, des maraudes d’informations et de l’hébergement solidaire, à Calais, Grande-Synthe, Lille, Paris, Rennes, Toulouse et Tours. Utopia 56 est une association citoyenne et financée à moitié par des dons de particuliers et à moitié par des dons d’autres associations, entreprises et fondations soumises à charte éthique. Utopia 56 n’accepte ni ne reçoit d’argent de l’Etat.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

WATCH THE CHANNEL: „Watch the Channel works in solidarity with people crossing by boat to the UK. We share safety at sea information, monitor state border policies in the region, and document human rights violations against people on the move.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.

WOODYARD: „A project set up by l’Auberge des Migrants, the Woodyard is a volunteer project that provides people with firewood throughout the winter. For those camping in freezing conditions, firewood is not only a source of heat, but allows cooking the food distributed by our partners Calais Food Collective. This creates informal social spaces and frees displaced people in Calais from dependence on hot food distributions, letting them camp and cook where they like, as well as dry their clothes.“ Info und Kontakt: hier.