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What we do 

Founded in 2017, Collective Aid supports refugees and other displaced people by stepping in where governments and large organisations do not. Collective Aid France works to improve the lives of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers by providing NFI (non food items) in the form of clothing, bedding and shelter. 

Our operations in France are centred in Calais, which remains a place where displaced people live in precarious conditions under constant police repression.

We support a changing population of around 1000 - 2000 people sleeping rough. With our weekly distributions of tents, bedding, clothes, shoes, and hygiene items we reach 600 - 800 people per week, distributing up to 12,000 items per month.

The people we support stay in informal camps, living in tents and under tarpaulins as best they can. Hypothermia is a real risk between the months of October and May when temperatures reach -7°C. In this situation we provide blankets to sleep under, a tent to live in, and dry clothes. We distributed 4,200 tents last winter.

What we need

After years of continued support, a major donor has informed us that from January 1st 2022, we will no longer have the option to renew our funding from them.

We therefore face the very real possibility that we will not be able to continue our entire Calais operation after December.

While people’s generous support and the tireless work of our volunteers means that we will have tents, clothing and bedding to give, we cannot distribute them without fuel in our vans, or without rent for a warehouse, through the winter months.

That is why we urgently need your help. Collective Aid is currently the main provider of tents, clothing and bedding to over a thousand people sleeping rough in Calais. Your support will let us provide life-saving aid in freezing conditions.

What your money goes towards

  • €18 = one day’s petrol, with which we can distribute hundreds of items
  • €400 = help covering one coordinator’s monthly living expenses
  • €700 = one month’s warehouse rent
  • €1250 = funds our vehicle fleet for a month, allowing us to distribute
  • €3500 = can keep the entire project running for a month at a minimal capacity
  • €13,938 is one month’s total operational cost (i.e. everything except materials we distribute)

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