All About Change - Polish Belarus border fund

Raising awareness and funds to help with the situation at the border of fortress Europe.

See your previous work here...
https://all-about-change.com/ 


All about Change has partnered with the UK charity Sleep Pod to distribute life-saving shelters for refugees. We’ve collaborated to fund the first volunteer-led build of pods in Europe, for distribution to people in need of shelter at the many border “hotspots” of Europe.

Our fundraiser Livestream on 29 December went well. Groups joined the chat room from around the continent to give updates on how they work with refugees providing solidarity and care for those in need. In the same venue playing the tunes, we also conducted a pod build skillshare and Justin taught around 12 of us how to build a Sleep Pod. We ran three builds, with around 20 people at each on 30 December and 2 & 3 January in Berlin, building 200 pods as well as finishing 50 Justin brought from the UK.

After this, we travelled to the Polish / Belarus border and met with people from Ocaliene and Granica groups, as well as the No Border team. These volunteers are working to support refugees who cross the exclusion zone into the forest on the Polish side, where freezing temperatures, bears, wolves, boar as well as other dangers such as vigilante groups threaten their lives. We had a few days there meeting and chatting to those coordinating volunteer groups, the pods were met with a warm reception and we left 110 of them there.

We decided against trying to take them down into the Balkans, as getting things over the borders into Serbia and Bosnia takes time we just don’t have on this trip, but we put the wheels in motion to make it possible to get pods there in the near future through No Name Kitchen, who work in both countries. Instead, we’re connecting with volunteers in Ventimiglia (Italy) and have agreed to leave 110 there too, for the people crossing the 2000m mountain pass by foot at night. So the first build of sleep pods in Europe will support groups at opposite sides of the borders of fortress Europe. In just two weeks, with your help, we’ve built and now distributed over 240 Sleep Pods to where they are needed most.

Thanks to your generosity and donations, we’re doing what we can to make this an ongoing project, building in Berlin, and supplying to groups on the borders.

Sleep Pods are one-person shelters that provide vital protection from hypothermia and exposure from extreme weather conditions. Each pod costs £30 of materials to build, so please do continue to share/donate to our CrowdFunder as this will help us to build and distribute more to people desperately in need. We now have a 100-strong team of volunteers in Berlin sourcing materials and building pods and aim to continue to provide Sleep Pods to refugees on the Balkan routes, the Belarus/ Poland border and in Ventimiglia on the Italian/French border for the coming few months until the temperature rises enough that people aren’t in danger from the cold.

Huge thanks for your continued support, we are in the midst of a very cold winter out here, despite the mild temperatures in the UK, so please do share this around and donate whenever you can. Regular donations are of huge help sustaining projects like this which can’t run without your support, but if you would like to help in this way please use the bank details below to avoid go fund me's fee.

HOW CAN WE HELP?
 
All About Change is in touch with local people on the frontline of the Polish border. Although it’s widely publicised that large NGOs and charities can’t get aid through to refugees, local charities and many people living inside the exclusion zone, are doing everything they can to help. This is where you come in as through them - with your support - we can get help and supplies directly to the refugees. All the money we raise will go to providing shelter for people trapped there through our collaboration with the Sleep Pod team. As politicians bicker, people are dying. Your help and generosity is the one lifeline that we can offer to  refugees trapped in this limbo of hell.

Please read this article on how we aim to use donations :- 

https://news.sky.com/story/belarus-migrants-inside-the-polish-underground-movement-offering-help-to-people-in-the-bialowieza-forest-12468540
 
CATASTROPHIC POLITICAL PING-PONG

This winter sees the development of a new route into Europe, Belarus has started offering visas to middle Eastern and African migrants as a kickback after a spat with the EU. Using refugees as political pawns is inhumane and disgusting, and with the both governments being of right wing alignment the ARMED border guards are playing ping pong with thousands of lives as the snow and freezing temperatures approach! We are in a position to be able to help, if we choose, by sending funds and possibly helping hands to ease the plight of those trying to stay alive while fleeing wars our own government has a hand in perpetuating. Please donate and share around your social media... Help make this a successful campaign!!! 

FOR LARGER DONATIONS u could transfer directly to our bank account with the details below if you so wish... or of your country isnt on the supported list;

Account name - All about change
IBAN number -GB89BUKB20292453355454
BIC code - BUKBGB22XXX
Banks name and address - Barclays 55 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3EA UK

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More on our FB group and page, please link and follow
 

All about change is a group of volunteers with over 10 years collective experience volunteering at most of the major refugee 'hot spots' in Europe. We currently have members volunteering in Calais and Athens, and I myself am en route to the polish Belarus border via some work in Germany. I hope to be there before Christmas, and we are making inroads with groups working on the ground to find out exactly how your donations can be put to best use.  Our previous crowdfunder is still active at

We raised over £5000 to deliver aid to refugees in the form of fishing equipment to enable people to source healthy food for themselves on the Greek islands, and with more donations we can still provide this gift of food in the future as we have friends on the islands still who can distribute the equipment.

More info as it becomes available. Huge thanks for your time and consideration. 
 
 
 
 
  • Jonas Paul 
    • £23 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • £140 
    • 5 d
  • Sophia Monert 
    • £167 
    • 6 mos
  • Marjorie Forrest 
    • £25 
    • 6 mos
  • Oli Cundale 
    • £10 
    • 6 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Chacha Gundagir 
Organizer
Inverness, UK
Justin Deveraux 
Beneficiary