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FEBRUARY 2019 GROUND UPDATE: 

 
 

Here's a ground update from one of our incredible volunteers working in Calais. We're currently serving around 1200 portions of food a day to displaced people in Calais and Dunkirk. Plus an extra 1000 meals every Thursday in Brussels.

WE REALLY NEED VOLUNTEERS! So please join us if you have some spare time! Send an email to refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com to see how you can get involved.

Please spread the word & donate what you can!

Scotch Bonnet Chilli Sauce

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This Scotch Bonnet chilli sauce brings much joy and banter around the condiment table, bringing much familiarity and cheer to all pallets. We affectionately call it 'Ya Ya' sauce. This swirling batch is an 150lt and should last a month or so. The flakey buttery paratha was also very very well received, a welcome addition to scoop up the Afghan beans with !

At RCK we take great pleasure in bringing some joy to our offerings, as well as our main stay menu of Curry, Rice and salad we always make items for the Condiment Table , which people help themselves to, the table often holds hot tea, water, dips, sauces, ground spices, fresh herbs, chopped lemon and onions.

Wishing you all joy, good food and happiness xxx ✨♥️✨

We are currently...

This beautiful photo was taken by Muhammed H., a refugee living in Dunkirk.

This beautiful photo was taken by Muhammed H., a refugee living in Dunkirk.

We are currently providing an estimated 1500 people with hot, wholesome meals in Calais and Dunkirk. This requires a huge amount of food and work!

Please share & donate what you can so that we can continue providing food without judgement. -> 

LIVE FROM FRANCE:

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The authorities estimate that today they evicted 1800 people, or over 400 families, who were living rough in Dunkirk.

Our team is working hard to support people through the upheaval and destruction as best as we can. We've packed 700 'bentos' to give out so that people can take food with them as needed.

Please support these displaced people as they face further destitution!  

Journey to Bosnia

Going into our third winter serving food to displaced people in Northern France we found a rare window to take a trip to Bosnia to meet the groups working on the ground and to see what we can possibly do to help.

We drove from Calais through many borders France / Germany / Austria / Slovenia / Croatia finally arriving in Bihać and Velika Kladuša in Northern Bosnia close to the border of Croatia, where hundreds of refugees are on their journey, walking from their homes in Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Nepal, Algeria, Morocco, all of them walking through many dangerous lands looking for peace and safety.

We met with many grassroots groups and volunteers working on the ground who are self-funded, self- motivated and in need of support. All these groups welcomed us with open arms and what we came to know as pure Bosnian hospitality. They showed us their kitchens, explained their operations, their challenges and took precious time out to explain the complicated situation in Bosnia after the war.

Most of these grassroots organisations are supported by an integral umbrella organisation called Pomozi.ba who met with us and explained more in depth how and where we could help in Sarajevo, where they are a lifeline with food aid and much needed strategical support.

There is some support being offered by the Red Cross, MSF, IOM and Emmaus who are serving basic food with very limited nutrition, as well as all other aid services.

Apart from the support that all these groups need we learnt how the Bosnian people, police and authorities are tolerant and kind to refugees as they pass through their poor country. They have great empathy for the displaced people as it's not been long since they as a nation were in the same situation, cold, hungry, displaced and traumatised.

Many refugees are being supported in derelict uninhabitable buildings, in small camps with only plastic tarps and basic wooden framed shelters and many many more are sleeping outside in the woods, which are extremely dangerous and full of mines and bears.

We have been touched and moved and will, with your help, work towards supporting these groups in what is expected to be a very difficult winter with temperatures dropping regularly to -10º / -20º. The cold is just around the corner with temperatures going into the minus at night from next week.

How you can help right now?

DONATE: The groups on the ground need financial donations to buy tents, high quality sleeping bags, warm clothing, food and other essential items as buying aid as locally as possible is essential.

Groups in - Bihać / Velika Kladuša
SOS Team Kladuša
No Name Kitchen

Groups in - Sarajevo
Collective Aid
AidBrigade
MI SMO VI
Pomozi.ba
Are You Syrious?

Please check out the work these groups are doing and support them where you can.

Refugee Community Kitchen will update soon on how we will be supporting the people in Bosnia and the surrounding areas.

GROUND UPDATE

Dunkirk Refugees

There are up to 700 people, including many families, living rough in Dunkirk. We've encountered at least 70 children under the age of 10.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are feeling a lot of financial pressure as we are currently serving over 1300 meals a day. We're supporting those 700 people, plus 300 more in Calais as well as providing food to over 100 people living in unofficial camps in the region. And more people are arriving daily!

From brutal heat to pouring rain, and almost constant evictions/clearances by the authorities, this summer has been miserable. Tensions are high as large groups of people try to live together in a very limited amount of tents (hundreds were confiscated last week) or survive under shared pieces of plastic tarpaulin. Despite these horrible conditions people continue to show resilience.

We are so grateful for our volunteers and our sister groups Help RefugeesL'Auberge des MigrantsDunkirk / Dunkerque Refugee Women's CentreRefugee Info Bus حافلة المعلومات للاجئين مسیر راهنمای پناهندگانUtopia 56Refugee Youth ServiceMobile Refugee Support and everyone else who is tirelessly providing support and solidarity through these deplorable conditions.

Besides increasing numbers, Eid is next week and we'd like to make it special, so right now we need funds more than anything.

Please spread the word and donate what you can!

Up-date from our co-founder Sam Jones

Hello good people, we would like to send out a message of heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all volunteers, fundraisers and supporters of RCK and its sister orgs.

You may well of have seen the horrific news about the recent tragic and unnecessary loss of a young life due to extremely inhumane and aggressive policing tactics, we are all deeply shocked and saddened by this serious incident, policies must change, people must come first.

The need to support the marginalised communities we currently help is as great as ever, whether on the streets of London or in the towns or countryside of northern France.

We're currently providing around 1300-1400 meals per day in Northern France and 180-240 per week in London, we are also distributing dates and fruit packs to help those who are observing Ramadan.

Our volunteers work tirelessly to provide thoughtful and compassionate support through food and water distribution daily, without your support and the immense ongoing efforts from our volunteers none of this would be possible.

Thank you all, a little compassion goes a long long way.

To get involved please email: refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com

Have a great week xxx