Refugee Support Express – 26 April 2018
WELCOME TO THE REFUGEE SUPPORT EXPRESS
STAYING INFORMED – What We’re Reading
As Bangladesh teeters on the edge of monsoon season, we’ve been keeping a worried eye on the news, as we think of the 700,000 Rohingya refugees currently residing in Cox Bazar – most of whom are living in plastic shelters that will not withstand the weather.
Whilst we are unable to be present in Bangladesh to help Rohingya refugees trapped in Tumbru camp for now, we continue to aid from afar, and to do all that we can to return to Bangladesh as soon as possible.
Although we cannot currently offer any volunteering opportunities for those looking to help Rohingya refugees in refugee camps, we continue to see how we can get back into the country and help.
KEEPING UP WITH KATSIKAS
Shoes, glorious shoes! This week at Katsikas camp, we distributed shoes to all the ladies, and they’re rocking a pretty fabulous collection.
Shoes have always been a popular commodity at the camp and are highly requested. Although we can’t always guarantee enough for everyone, we always ensure that we distribute in a fair and dignified way.
Every day at Katsikas camp is varied. One day you’re be distributing shoes, and the next you’re painting a rainbow door! If you’d like to volunteer at a refugee camp and help Syrian refugees in Greece, we encourage you to get in touch with us. Find out what previous volunteers have said about what an important and emotional experience it is helping those in need here!
STAND BY US IN SOLIDARITY
Residents at Katsikas aren’t the only ones shoeing up. Sunday is a big day for nineteen of our volunteers, who, after months of buildup, training and anticipation, will begin the fundraising challenge of a lifetime as they trek through the FYR Macedonia mountains.
This week, two of the troop have reflected ahead of the challenge on the reasons why they’ll be stomping on Sunday.
Paul (co-founder of Refugee Support), who recently walked the Brighton marathon to raise funds, is now embarking with the team of twenty to stomp again in solidarity with refugees. Paul is stomping to let people know that Europe needs to give refugees a chance to start again.
Natalie Holmes, remembering the month she spent in 2017 volunteering with us, reflected in a guest blog on the mixture of emotions she experienced witnessing the toll that living as a refugee can take on a person. Natalie is stomping to raise awareness for those who, in a less unjust world, would have been her friends in another life.
It’s been a long time in the works, but as our volunteers prepare to pull up their socks, we wish them all the best of luck.
Help us cheer them along by donating towards this fundraiser! Every penny goes towards helping refugees, so please show your solidarity by donating generously.
Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you next time.
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