Hello fine friends, family and RCK supporters, here’s a small update to keep you all in the loop.
After nearly a year and a half of service and over a million nutritious hot meals made and distributed from our kitchen at the L’auberge des Migrants warehouse HQ in Calais, we had our first official health and safety inspection from the local authorities, triggered by the mayor of Calais. We received the inspection report and although the officials were very impressed with our set up and systems they imposed refinements and environmental improvements that we had to undertake within a time frame of firstly 21 days for medium improvements and 60 days for major works.
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.
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..
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 →