Latest on the fire at Grande Synthe in Dunkirk

17903541_10158493280585384_673737028790384261_nAs some are aware the Dunkirk Refugee Camp, Grande Synthe, was all but destroyed by fire late Monday evening. The phone calls started around 9.30pm and what followed was a tragic and long night where refugees once again had to flee to safety, losing their papers, their belongings – the little they had managed to hold on to was gone.

With the incoming news, all the volunteers from Refugee Community Kitchen arrived at the warehouse at the same time, the lights went on, the gas rings lit, chai put on the boil, flapjacks cut up, more pulses put in to soak, teams formulated, plans hatched, logistics and safety plans repeatedly talked out and constant communication with all other groups on the ground. Continue reading

Women’s Centre Re-opening

On the 7th January 2017 we had the awful news that the Women’s Centre in the Grande Synthe Refugee Camp was gutted by a fire.

Refugee Community Kitchen came down to the camp to see the devastation caused and had a meeting with Dunkirk / Dunkerque Refugee Women’s Centre and straight away agreed that the Centre must be rebuilt as soon as possible. We had meetings with the Mayors office and called on the super team of Finn Kay and Rob Crook who along with RCK designed and built the centre in March 2016.

With a few design tweaks worked out with The Women’s Centre team, new plans were submitted to the Mayor’s office and, once we had permission to repair, the team started full steam ahead to get the centre up and running as quickly as possible.

The build is now complete and we are very happy that the centre is now being handed back to The Women’s Centre team to give back a safe space and distribution to the women of the camp.

None of this would have been possible without the amazing response we had from the build team and to the many groups pledging their support in materials and funding.

RCK and The Women’s Centre would like to send a massive thanks to:

All of the wonderful individual people supporting us with their continued volunteering, donations and emotional support.

The Amazing Build Team

Finn Kay, Rob Crook, Matt Curtis, David Onthewayeast, Alan Mitchell, Sam Jones, Janie Mac, will Thomson, Steve Hyslop, Dirk Vanreusel, Alex Fry, George Brown, Henry Brown, Benji Sowter, Lally Mergler, Tom Keeling, Columba Keeling, Phill Parsley, Alex Chalcraft, Robyn Glass, Rosie Zallik Whitman, Laurel Poloway, Josh Cox, Alan Vance, Dan Shillabeer, Richard Corrall, Martin Capuano, Tom Mattey, Gwarm Ination, Epifany Echegoyen, Quentin Johns, Tom Whitehead

if i have missed any please do let me know and i will add you in..

The wonderful NGOs and Orgs for their material and financial support

Mayors office Grande Synthe
L’auberge des migrants international, Building Support through Shelter, LUSH UK, LDS Charities, Brighton Shelter Build Project, Care4Humanity, Carry The Future, Dunkirk Adult Learning Centre

Please continue supporting RCK and The Women’s Centre so we can continue to support those in need.

Thank You

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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Refugee Community Kitchen Spring update Sam & Steve

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. Continue reading