Apologies for the lack of Fuze News updates, we've been super busy over the past few months arranging lots of new and exciting projects, so keep your eyes peeled!! In the meantime, here's a brief update of our year so far, hope you enjoy!!
On the 11th December Fuze were kindly invited along to Frith Manor School, where Shirin, from charity called Shishukunj were hosting an event for us. The children were playing games that involved packing up food parcels for Calais and Dunkirk, but also learning where the food will be distributed and what food they eat in the camps. They also cooked food that would usually be eaten in the camp, to give them an idea of what the meals were like, such as rice and beans. Fuze joined in with the children in making flash cards for the children in the camps, by drawing hobbies on cards such as dancing and playing sport – to help the children learn English. It was an amazing day packed with fun activities and Fuze received lots of boxes thanks to the Shishukunj charity which will be going to Dunkirk on our next visit. We hope to work with Shishukunj again in the future.
The Liberté Cup documentary
We are so proud to announce that the Liberté Cup and our football programme features in the Liberté cup documentary, by Copa90, on ITV Player. A year ago we stepped foot into, the then Dunkirk camp, to build a football pitch with aims to empower refugees through the universal language of football. A year down the line and our work in the La Liniere camp with the football programme we worked so hard to launch and the Football tournament we hosted back in September 2016 with Copa90 is being used as a tool to show that football CAN make a difference and Football Has NO Borders.
Click the link below to watch it on ITV Player now!!
We are excited to tell you that the first Fuze society has been started at Dundee University! Launched this January, they will be helping us fundraise and raise awareness, we look forward to working with them.
If you want to start a Fuze society at your university than please email email@example.com for more information and support in the process.
Swim Team Heroes!
The Leeds Beckett University Swim Team will be swimming the channel from Dover-Calais AND BACK in a 2-way-relay to support the work of Fuze Beyond Borders. What an exceptional challenge these heroes will be putting themselves through. In June 2017 they will be setting off on this cold and treacherous challenge to help raise funds to support the refugee camps in Northern France.
To donate visit: http://bit.ly/LBUSChallenge and keep an eye on our facebook page for further updates!
Trip to Dunkirk
We visited the La Liniere refugee camp in Dunkirk on the last weekend of January to deliver essential aid and to support the kitchen cook delicious meals. This time we did a lot of chopping ready for some delicious falafels for camp!
In the last week of January we received a call for help to support a pregnant mother living in a resettlement house in East London, who was heavily pregnant and had no access to essential supplies for the baby. On 2nd February, baby Arla was born. Thanks to our amazing Fuze supporters and our pleas for help, we managed to source a baby seat, pushchair, cot and mattress and some toiletry essentials for mother and baby. These were delivered safely and we are now continuing to support them with visits and information on local classes. They will be starting English classes soon at the local Salvation Army.
Closing of the Dubs Amendment
This week MPs voted in the House of Commons MPs against Heidi Allen’s amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill by just 20 votes (287-267). The bill would have forced the government to assess local councils’ capacity to take in more child refugees from Europe. To date, the government has made no effort to do so. Various councils across the UK have revealed that they still have capacity to support unaccompanied child refugees, but the government have chose to ignore them. We will continue to fight for #DubsNow and will keep you all updated on how best to campaign.