We will soon present our projects for 2017/2018
Creating Smiles in Calais
The workshops have included activities on puppet making and puppet shows, painting and art creation, storytelling, relaxation techniques, games and much more! We have been getting very excited children coming back to us ready for more fun. As well as education and psychosocial support through these workshops we want to ensure that we have a point of contact with the children to enable the best protection possible.
We are increasing in size very quickly with many experts in areas such as specialist child education, social support and art therapy becoming quickly interested. In our weekly meetings, we share our experiences, challenges faced and potential solutions. In November, we begin our weekly training which enables all involved to become as skilled as possible before going to Calais and during their work. The first trainings will include preparation for the field, active listening, intercultural communication and workshop management.
We have been very lucky to have Refugee Child sponsor our activities allowing us to carry out this work effectively and efficiently. We sincerely appreciate every single donation, big or small. These go along way into ensuring the best response is provided for the children and youth living in the Jungle.
We want to applaud all our partners who ensure that these and all projects in the Jungle go without a hitch. We know that each of you have played a big impact in the role we have so far in this community.
Support for the Collectif du Parc des Olieux
In the neighborhood of Lille Sud, Moulins, an hour from Calais, a public park has been transformed in June 2015 in the area occupied by an increasingly large number of isolated migrant children. Today they are one hundred, and the majority comes from sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East countries. War, poverty or simply looking for a getaway better future, these young migrants from the Parc des Olieux are constantly faced by the City and Department Administration in their bureaucratic procedures for obtaining permission to stay, or the Statute of Refugees or asylum. Police checks, unjustified stays in detention centers and extreme living conditions are part of their reality.
Nevertheless, their situation they have not left indifferent a group of youths who met in a Collective, the Collectif des Olieux, of which our association takes part. Together, we are committed with offering first aid in the field (food, blankets, tents, heating from the field, etc.); for a health and legal accompaniment; but we also aim to offer them some leisure activities such as music, dance, photography and theater workshops, as well as languages courses in French and English.