I wasn’t supposed to go to Bosnia i Herzegovina.
I was headed to Calais, in France, to a refugee camp to volunteer with Calais Kitchens, a network of volunteer-run kitchens that feeds over 6000 refugees in Calais & Dunkirk daily. Everything has been 90% settled – I’d contacted the organisers, I’ve arranged for transport from London, was going to book my hostels; I was ready to go (well, I was still prepping mentally, though). A few of the past bake sales & fundraisers I’ve organised have been to channel money to the refugees cause but I could no longer just sit, read, and donate from far. I finally had time and opportunity to go and see things for myself. But less than a week before I was due to fly, I received urgent word from several sources to stall my plans to head to the camp, for reasons I shall not disclose here. So after getting over the shock, I sat down, looked at the map of Europe, and decided in 5 minutes that Bosnia shall be my next trip, and everything next fell into place quickly. What is meant to be, will take place with ease.
Today is World Refugees Day. Now, more than ever, we need to stand #withrefugees . Refugees are people, just like you and me, who have been forced to flee their homes to seek safety, because their alternatives are death, rape, starvation. Many of them are unaccompanied children.
Warsan Shire aptly put it: “You have to understand; that no one puts their children in a boat; unless the water is safer than the land.”
Since I was not able to volunteer my time and effort at Calais Kitchens, here I shall share about their tireless work in providing the bare necessities for life.
They use 2000 kilos of rice, 6000 tins of fish, 5,760 tins of tomatoes and 28880 tins of chickpeas per week.This food goes into emergency packs of provisions, supplying the community kitchens where refugees cook for themselves and preparing thousands of delicious, nutritious hot meals for both camps daily.
Donations are constantly needed to help feed our fellow brothers and sisters. If you would like to donate, the link (http://bit.ly/calkitchens) goes straight to the donation page. May we remember that humanity unites us all, and that we can do so much more.