CALAIDIPEDIA was created to be the go-to resource for those involved in the phenomenal grassroots movement supporting refugees in Calais (and beyond) that sprang up in the late summer of 2015.
By the time the Calais "Jungle" was demolished by the authorities in October 2016, a number of groups had refined and developed their methods for supporting those in need and were determined to continue their presence in France in anticipation that the problem would not go away. These groups now have their own successful web presence and so today, Calaid-ipedia is updated only occasionally, and exists as a repository of reliable information retained for posterity.
Whilst many people responded to the crisis in Calais by forming various groups focused on the needs of the refugees stranded there, so others focused on those living in desperate situations near Dunkirk. And then, as the crisis continued and refugees began arriving in Paris, volunteers made their way to the capital city, too - offering support wherever they could. Calaid-ipedia now contains some information about these regions, too.
This website is now archived
It stands as a record of and testament to the thousands of volunteers who responded with love and kindness to the many, many people desperately fleeing war, conflict, oppression and poverty.
THE SITUATION IN CALAIS To-Day
Following the demolition of the camp in October 2016, the authorities have been determined not to allow new camps to develop. Consequently, the CRS constantly seek to move refugees on whenever they find them. Their tactics involve seizing and destroying any tents and sleeping bags they find, and preventing volunteers from establishing regular food and water supplies, for example.
And so, the refugees continue to be reliant upon volunteers from the UK and Europe to provide them with the absolute basics to survive. Please see the links below to learn how you can help today.
HELP REFUGEES -general volunteering and donations
CARE4CALAIS - general volunteering and donations
REFUGEE FIRST AID - healthcare professional volunteering and donations
REFUGEE YOUTH SERVICE - donations
MEENA - THE UNOFFICIAL WOMEN & CHILDREN'S CENTRE (Birmingham)
CALAIS ACTION - particular focus on child refugees
CAMCRAG (Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group)
PHONE CREDIT FOR REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PEOPLE - FB Support Group