Our main focus so far has been in the Grande-Synthe Camp in Dunkirk. On our first visit the camp had around 500 habitants, and no structured shelter bar 3 small sheds left over from an old contruction project. On our second trip merely 3 weeks later camp size had almost tripled at 1500 habitants. Since then, the size of the camp has continued to increase in capacity, whilst it's conditions deteriorate.
Since the 3rd of October 2015, we have visited the camp once a month, taking with us warm clothes, coats, shoes, sleeping bags, tents, toiletries and basic kitchen supplies such as pots/pans/tin openers/steam kettles, nutritional aid in individual food camps, and other items dependant on demand during the time of our trip.
As a project, we wanted to focus our efforts on empowerment of individuals via motivational and educational activities. We started by focusing on sports activities, as sport is universal. This was a great success and the camp residents enjoyed the use of the Fuze installed football pitch for as long as they could. Sadly, as the camp conditions worsened and winter struck; the mud levels in the camp began to increase preventing sports activity to continue.
January 2016 saw one of our most successful trips, with a donation of over 200 steam kettles and van full of firewood chopped by our very own team we set off to visit the camp once more. We were able to not only distribute to the most needy, but also had the time to visit the Dunkirk School where we carried out some language activities with the children.
Medecin Sans Frontieres, were successful in receiving approval from French Authorities to build a new camp with conditions that meet humanitarian standard. Volunteers from various organisations worked hard on the ground to allow the move to happen as smoothly as possible, and the new camp has now been successfully set up and residents have already moved in.