By Surrey Relief Team, United Kingdom (Originally in English)
Upon learning that the refugee camps in Europe were in need of winter items, and in response to Supreme Master Ching Hai’s instruction to assist those less fortunate, our Association members from Surrey, United Kingdom prepared cold weather supplies and delivered them to a warehouse in Calais, France on December 10, 2016. The items included thermal hats, gloves, neck warmers, long underwear, socks, jackets and sleeping bags. The United Kingdom NGO Help Refugees and the French NGO L’ auberge des Migrants International organize the warehouse. Both of these groups work with Help Refugees in northern Greece and other supporting organizations to send supplies to refugees in Syria, Greece, and France.
In addition, we brought vegan food items, such as porridge oats, syrup, spices, oil, tea bags, large tins of tomatoes and tomato puree, to the Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK), which provides meals daily for approximately 500 refugees in Dunkirk, France. With God’s grace, we were able to find many good quality items at affordable prices.
On December 30, we once again delivered another load of supplies to the same warehouse in Calais. This time the items included pop-up tents as well as many more sleeping bags, socks, vegan food items and a large quantity of fresh greens requested by the RCK. Upon our arrival, one volunteer from the kitchen who saw the fresh produce as we opened the van was overjoyed and said, “I love you.”
We will keep in touch with the warehouse, watch their updated supply list and plan more deliveries in the coming months. We thank our Association members from the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Formosa and mainland China who have contributed financially. More importantly, we are grateful for the opportunity to share Master’s love with the refugees in their time of need.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Refugee Relief Work in Calais, France
|Supplies (thermal gloves, thermal beanie hats, warm socks, neck warmers, thermal long underwear, underwear, sleeping bags, tents, waterproof jackets, and emergency first aid blankets) and food (porridge oats, tins of chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, syrup, tea bags, oil, spices, baking soda, cabbages and kale)||7,321.11||A|