Our build work in Dunkirk is now complete and we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who have supported all of us along the way. Without your donations we would never have been able to build the onsite community catering kitchen, wood fired self-service kitchens, sheltered communal areas, woman’s area and free shops, that enabled the refugees in the new camp at Dunkirk to create and cook their own meals for themselves, their friends and families. Not only could they cook nutritious meals to their own taste but it restored much needed dignity in a camp that, though new, was still woefully free of amenities.
Working together with MSF, Refugee Community Kitchen, Aid Box Convoy, Artists in Action, Finn Kay and Rob Crook we’ve managed to put some light in the darkness which would never have been possible without your generosity. Every penny you donated, every pound you raised was spent on this worthy cause and we are all beyond grateful, and we know the refugees are too.
On the visit we made to camp just a few days ago our hearts where overjoyed to see all communal kitchens being used in full swing, different cultures sharing space, wood and ingredients, cooking in shifts and sharing times together eating and chatting. Delicious foods of all sorts being made, paratha’s, chips, curries, dal, rice, pasta, soups and salads. The rockets stoves seem to have been mastered by all, achieving all power needs, from frying to boiling to simmering, the taste of the wood smoke adding to the delicious taste of the food, that was offered to us by all we met, Kurdish, Iranian, Iraqi, and Afghani alike, the gratitude and thanks was overwhelming.
Although the build of Dunkirk communal kitchens is now complete, we at Refugee Community Kitchen continue to supply hot meals daily and support dry food distribution to over 1000 refugees in Dunkirk and over 9000 refugees in Calais – our new fundraiser can be found here.
Again, thank YOU so very much xx
The RCK Team xxxx
For the last two weeks we have been working with this wonderful group of inspirational people, people of all ages, from all countries and from all backgrounds. All working tirelessly, always willing and always smiling. What an honour to be by your sides. And thanks for putting up with all the demands so graciously. Feeling very proud
💕Thank you team RCK💕
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So good news with the court in Lille ruling to halt for now all planned evictions of restaurants and community centres, we are all very happy and pleasantly surprised that the judge responded to reason.
Destroying the restaurants would have been a cruel and inhumane, and just goes to show the contempt that some of the governmental officials have for the vulnerable and displaced people who live there n the camp,people who are simply searching for peace and a place to be in this world.
The Calais camp is over 9000 people and rising 864 who are children, our food output and is steadily rising, we currently make 2000 hot composite meals per day and need is growing. Our sister group Calais kitchens whom we work closely with and support are serving food parcels of dry foods and basic vegetables to all 9000 residents weekly.
We have with your help expanded our work area, burner units and serving container capacity. All energies are gearing up for the growing need, and with the kind and energetic support of donors and volunteers we are rising to meet the basic needs of all here that need it .
The support and many fundraising initiatives are the life blood of this project, thank you from us and all whom receive the resources that you have all made possible.
We need more support now than ever so please if you or anyone you know can in any way, please fundraise, donate or volunteer. .
Money is the best resource as we can receive as it enables us to buy the wholesale amounts of food by the tonne at the best prices, meaning we can reach as many people as possible .
To donate , please fill in gift aid form as we will receive 25% more from the government for every pound donated!
To donate click here
To volunteer as a experienced cook/ chef email us
To volunteer as a general volunteer email Calais Kitchens
Love and thanks to you all
The RCK team ❤️🌍❤️
Presenting this great film from Mark McEvoy film maker and volunteer showing the importance of volunteering with Refugee Community Kitchen and L’Auberge warehouse in Calais, France.
Hello people, over these last few weeks we’ve been wondering at the industry and thoughtful collective endeavours of all the volunteers that have made this project and all connected projects possible. This response has been spontaneously created to meet the needs of this crisis, a crisis which is an undeniably profound and sad symptom of what we know is wrong with our global political economy.
There is clearly lots right in our global community too, as between us there has been an incredible coming together for a common humanitarian cause.We’ve been deeply humbled and enthused by the strength in human nature by the huge response to this refugee crisis, from all facets of society.
The R.C.K team would like to thank you for all your support over the last six months. Without your continued support, we would not have been able to maintain and develop the fantastic work taking place in the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps. The following is a short re-cap on what you have helped to achieve:
• Feeding up to 2500 residents a day with hot, healthy and balanced meals for over 150 days non-stop in both the Calais (Jungle) and Grande Synthe (Dunkirk) camps,to date thats over 300,000 full meals !
• Developing positive links with communities in both camps as well as working with the Refugee Council in the Calais camp to Build communal kitchens allowing the residents to cook.
• Working alongside MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières), Aid Box Convoy – Bristol to Refugees in Europe,and the Mayor of Grande Synthe to create the new La Linière camp in Grande Synthe (Dunkirk).
• At the La Linière camp we have built 4 communal spaces consisting of 7 kitchens with a total of 28 wood fired cookers, fully accessible hot running water plus dedicated Women’s Areas.
• We have built a fully equipped kitchen in Dunkirk so that the residents are able to cook for the entire camp; providing the community with delicious food that they prefer and want to eat. As well as a bakery that supplies fresh, hot bread daily to all the residents.
• Working closely with Calais Kitchens, L’Auberge des Migrants Artists in action – AiA !, and many other volunteer groups to supply raw ingredients and kitchen utensils to thousands of refugees everyday. This enables mothers, aunts and sisters to join together in cooking meals for their children and families.
• Giving a little dignity back to fellow humans who have been put through hell and back.
When the team initially began to run the Refugee Community Kitchen (with your help and team of amazing volunteers!), we had no idea that we would be here, 6 months later and feeding as many people now as when we began! We did not expect that there would be 40 new refugees a day still turning up to the Calais camp in May 2016. We also did not predict that we would be planning to stay here for the foreseeable future. We cannot just walk away from this ongoing crisis and return to our “normal” lives. We are in this for the long haul!
R.C.K is now planning for the future. We have linked up with prism the gift fund to ensure that we can continue to supply hot, nutritious food and some much needed compassion to all that need it, be it in Calais or further south in Greece.
Once again, we call on your continued support to help us to help others.
We have a new fundraiser with BT Mydonate https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/refugeecommunitykitchen.
This new method of fundraising allows us to accept a single or monthly donation, as well as receive a further 25% of any donation paid by UK taxpayers via the Gift Aid Program (paid by the UK Government). If you are a UK taxpayer please fill in all the info and tick the Gift aid button so that we receive that vital extra 25%.
Please share our BT Mydonate https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/refugeecommunitykitchen page far and wide and donate what you can, even if it’s £5 per month. One thing we have learned over the last five months is that that every contribution helps!
We are ever grateful for your generosity and compassion. All of this could not have happened without you!
Many thanks to “Church of the latter day saints” for the recent kind donation of our powerful new combi oven and two walk in refrigerators, and to “Just Give” charity, for the donation of one of the Tandoor ovens currently making 1000-1500 flatbreads a day. A big thank you to “Lush” for sustained donations and continued support.
With love and many thanks from all of the R.C.K Team and all the residents of the Calais and Dunkirk camps.
Here are some pictures Illustrating the collective ingenuity and ongoing works.