Our work goes on…

After last month’s evictions of the Calais camp, Refugee Community Kitchen has carried on feeding the 1200 residents of the Grande Synthe Camp in Dunkirk every day.

We are also coordinating, with the help of Calais Kitchens, the supply of fresh and dry food for the communal kitchens in Grande Synthe (run by SWK) that provide breakfast and dinner everyday as well as the stocking of the free shops that provide everything needed for the residents to cook for themselves  in the communal rocket-stove powered kitchens.

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Diary of an eviction

As the Calais ‘Jungle’ was evicted and cleared at the end of October, Refugee Community Kitchen along with Calais Kitchens and Ashram Kitchen continued providing as much food and assistance as we could….here are the daily updates that Steve Bedlam posted to Facebook during those dark and difficult days.

Day 1 of the eviction of the Calais camp 24.10.16
RCK teams are in the camp still serving hot food.
All seems to be going to plan and people are leaving on the buses provided..

Lets hope it remains calm and people find a warm place awaiting them..

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Calais ‘Jungle’ like ‘Lord of the Flies’, with more than a thousand children in container compound, volunteers claim

Exclusive: Children are struggling to survive in difficult and dangerous conditions, volunteers told The Independent

by Charlotte England

The Calais Jungle has become like Lord of the Flies, with 1,500 children left unsupervised, sleeping in bare containers and free to roam the adjacent camp site, close to heavy machinery being used to dismantle and remove the wreckage, volunteers have told The Independent.

Taps supplying drinking water to the compound have been turned off, and food for the young refugees, who are mostly boys aged between 10 and 17, is not being supplied by the authorities, aid organisations claim.

Nobody is allegedly allowed inside the containers except for a handful of security guards, raising serious concerns about the safety of the Jungle’s most vulnerable occupants.

A small group of volunteers from three tiny charities told The Independent they are working “round the clock” to distribute bottled water, food, and blankets to the children, in a bid to support them. The task is extremely difficult, they said, because the organisations have only been given about 20 passes between them permitting access to the razed Jungle site.
Members of the grassroots aid organisations Refugee Community Kitchen, Calais Kitchens, and Little Ashram Kitchen, said they have had to distribute supplies from the roadside by the fenced-off compound. Only French officials can access the restricted container site, volunteers said, but they have not been present on a day-to-day basis.

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!! Mobile Support Winter Campaign !!

Winter is coming and for most of us that means cosy evenings in our warmed homes, snacking on foods from our fridges and cupboards as and when we feel like it and sharing warming stews and hot soups with our friends and families.
Not so for the thousands in refugee camps on Europe’s borders who will be enduring freezing temperatures, scarce provisions and minimal cooking facilities.

Regardless of recent eviction announcements of the Calais camp,
Refugee Community Kitchen is dedicated to continuing the work begun in December 2015 in the Calais and Dunkirk camps where over 570,000 meals have been served to date along with the creation of self-service shops and kitchens. We will provide for these camps and all displaced peoples until we are not needed anymore.

Refugee Community Kitchen is also going mobile this winter to serve the same hot, nutritious meals that every human deserves to others living in camps across the continent.
Travelling with a full mobile catering truck, fridge truck and marquees along with a dedicated team of chefs and volunteers, we will seek those most in need and work with locals and other grassroots organisations and NGOs to enable displaced peoples to eat and cook their own food and prepare meals for their families.

Your support has been awesome and the only way we can continue with this humanitarian mission is with your continued help.
Going on-the-road and supplying our static kitchen in Calais will take a lot more money and resources so please increase your efforts to fundraise, donate and do what you can –
your help is essential and deeply appreciated.

Please share this appeal across social media channels and amongst your friends and family.
Thanks in advance
Steve, Sam, Janie & Paula

What it takes to cook 2500 meals in RCK every day

Every day to cook the food we serve to the residents in the Calais and Dunkirk camps we use every penny you donate as wisely as we can.
We are cooking 2500 meals a day at least, with the numbers rising daily.
The cooks are ploughing through huge amounts of food:
100 kilos of dried beans every day
150 kilos of rice every day
150 kilos of onions every day
10 kilos of garlic every day
80-100 kilos of salad every day
20 litres of sunflower oil every day
10 litres of olive oil every day
5 kilos of salt every day
8 kilos of spices and chilli every day
Plus as much bread and fruit as we can muster to hand out every day, all
lovingly prepared by tireless volunteers.
Without your donations, we can not sustain this output.
Huge gratitude to all of you that are helping every day – without you all this would not be possible – let’s do more!

Update on The Grand Synthe/La Linere Camp (Old Dunkirk)

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

Volunteering at RCK with Inspirational people…

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💕
Email us for more information 💕

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