THE WILD WASHERWOMEN are in the process of setting up a non-profit grassroots organisation from the UK aimed at providing a mobile launderette for residents of the "Jungle" by fitting washing machines and a tumble dryer in a van or caravan (powered by a generator)!
It's hard enough for refugees living in Calais to get a shower, let alone access to laundry facilities. We plan to provide a service to wash underwear, t-shirts and trousers in the upcoming hot months.
Having frequently volunteered with different organisations throughout the camp and made strong bonds with residents since the start of 2016, we have noticed the increasing desperate need for a launderette in the Jungle and the success of the laundry service in the new Dunkirk camp.
Wild Washerwomen will not only be somewhere to revive dirty clothing but also a friendly place of relaxation and conversation. We have Cambridge Certificates in English Language Teaching to Adults and will provide informal classes to anyone who is interested to prepare them for their possible asylum in the UK (as well as French conversation classes for those who plan to stay in France) whilst waiting for their laundry, and weather permitting we will have deckchairs set out around the (cara)van and a constant supply of chai tea and biscuits!
We're about to start fundraising and plan to head to the Jungle in August to test the operation of our pilot (cara)van and planned procedures to run the charity and distribute laundry access fairly.
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