Christmas Came Early

Christmas Came Early

Christmas came early to a number of families in the Jungle refugee camp outside of Calais, France! Volunteers from all over the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium brought Christmas shoe boxes, music, food, and celebration to those who are struggling through the damp cold, mud, and rough living conditions. Many of these families have been in the camp for months as they wait for either the French or British government to make a decision on their refugee status, and welcomed the distraction from their troubles. 170 shoe boxes were distributed to children in the camp, and over 1,000 people were fed over the course of the afternoon in the church area as multiple singing groups performed in the…

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The Other Side Of War

The Other Side of War

While a working ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine continues to elude the government and separatist forces, winter has officially arrived for the civilians trapped in the crossfire. Many have fled, but many cannot. For those left behind, the bitter cold is an unrelenting foe against which there is little hope. Because of the fighting, most cities and villages are without power and access to natural gas for heat. While the militia fight, people are freezing to death in their homes. Last winter, Convoy of Hope Europe reached out and provided 300 wood stoves for families caught in this desperate situation. These stoves serve a dual purpose. Not only do they heat homes, but they also provide a flat surface for cooking.…

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Calais Update 03/10

Calais Update 03/10

On Saturday, 03 October, Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) organized two teams from Belgium for the refugee camp in Calais, France. That morning, after a major incident at the camp, all access was blocked by police except for a narrow, chaotic, path through the back. The teams constructed 4 small wooden huts to be used by women and 4 smaller tents for some of the men. The new residents were thrilled to have these simple, basic facilities. The huts and tents were placed in a square and in just a few hours we had assembled a small community in the middle of the camp. Several members of the teams from Belgium also cleaned up garbage around the camp and distributed…

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The French ‘Jungle’

The French ‘Jungle’

Over the weekend, Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) sent a team to Calais, France to work with the migrants and refugees waiting to cross into the United Kingdom.  Conditions continue to deteriorate within the camp, known as the 'Jungle'. Food is scarce, and the rainy season has begun. With temperatures dropping, the situation is already critical. French officials exacerbated the trouble last Monday when they gassed and bulldozed sections of the camp that had outgrown the land allotted by the government.  Other nearby camps were also dismantled in an effort to bring all refugees into one area. COHEU is coordinating teams to assist in cleaning the camp. Volunteers have been working hard to keep the area clear to avoid the…

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The Plight Of A Refugee

The Plight of a Refugee

Europe is in the middle of the largest human migration since the Second World War. Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa has hundreds of thousands of immigrants fleeing their homes for safety and the hope of a better life. Syrians, Iraqis, and Eritreans form the largest factions of refugees after years of dealing with the ravages of war. Analysts estimate that over 107,000 asylum seekers entered Europe in the month of July, with August’s numbers predicted to be even higher. [su_button url="http://convoyofhope.eu/donate/" target="blank" style="flat" background="#ed364b" size="8" wide="yes" center="yes" radius="0" icon="icon: heart-o" class="coheu"]CLICK TO GIVE TO THIS PROJECT[/su_button] Jordan initially welcomed refugees from the Syrian conflict. Now that the Civil War continues into its fifth year, Jordan’s system is…

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