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Good Green Solidarity

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Solidarity with refugee community kitchens!
Please help us raise funds by sponsoring our hitchhike to Greece following the Balkan route travelled by many refugees.  Along the route we will be visiting, volunteering and possibly offering sushi workshops at refugee centres in Calais, Belgrade and Greece. 

Good Green Sushi  is a  social enterprise start up set up by myself, Wayland Goodburn,  and Julian Green, two students at the university of Bristol. We aim to provide delicious vegan sushi whilst supporting and establishing links with local refugee charities through fundraisers and workshops.  This fundraising trip is also partly to explore how we can help communities that support refugees.

The sponsored hitchhike will start in Calais on the 21st of June. Which is where many refugees try to come to the UK meeting harsh treatment with little support at the border. The trip will end in Athens in mid July where many refugees come to at the start of their journey into Europe.
When we reach Athens I will volunteer in the kitchens of a refugee  community centre called Hotel City Plaza where I previously held the first Good Green Sushi workshop two summers ago so is a fitting end.  

The funds raised will be split between the different organisations we are partnering with and will not be put towards the cost of the trip.  The charities in Bristol; Aid Box Community  run a free shop and social centre,  Bristol Hospitality network  provide temporary housing to asylum seekers and refugees and Movable Feast , a catering social enterprise run by volunteers and refugees. We will also be giving funds to the projects that I'll be volunteering and giving free workshops at;  Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais, BelgrAID  in Serbia, Hotel City Plaza  in Athens.

None of the money donated to this Go fund me campaign will be going to the expenses of the trip, all will be donated to the charities above and maybe other kitchens we visit along the way. 

The journey has a planned route through Germany and down through the Balkan route. Throughout the trip I will be aiming to write about the amazing organisations that are supporting refugees on a blog that I will be linking here.
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The Good Green Solidarity team arrived in Greece on the 11th of July. Since the last update we hitchhiked through the Czech republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia to get here.
Since arriving in Greece we've spent some time relaxing seeing old friends and looking for projects that we could support financially in the future. We also visited Hotel City Plaza where I, (Wayland), attended one of their planning meetings and will volunteer for a few weeks in August.
In Budapest, Hungary we were lucky enough to stay with a kind women that works for an NGO that supports refugees through intercultural exchanges. She explained the worsening situation for refugees and the deteriorating political situation in Hungary. The Hungarian Government has recently made helping refugees and applying for asylum a criminal offence! Making it very hard for any NGO or grassroots projects to support refugees. Along with heavy repression at the borders and other measures this makes the lives of refugees there incredibly difficult.
In Belgrade, Serbia we visited and volunteered with an amazing project called BelgrAID for a day. They supply over 500 meals a day to camps around Belgrade as well as clothes and necessities. There's some photos of the warehouse attached to this update.
I'm currently on a brake from hitchhiking and volunteering, on a Greek island with family. I go back to Athens in August when I'll be giving some of the funds raised to City Plaza.
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I'm hitchhiking to Prague today from Leipzig, southern Germany, four days after leaving Calais. I spent three days volunteering with Refugee community kitchen in Calais at a warehouse started up by l'auberge des migrants. The warehouse complex includes the kitchen and stores of clothes, tents, sleeping bags, food and a wood yard. It acts as a hub for 8 different grass roots organizations that help refugees in Calais and Dunkirk which includes an information bus and organizations that support youth and women in Calais. I'm very glad I went to volunteer in the kitchen and would recommend anyone thinking about doing it to go. RCK provides 1200 meals a day with distributions going to different camps around the area. If you want to find out more about what the different organizations do there you can look at Help Refugees: https://www.facebook.com/HelpRefugeesUK/ Utopia 56 (Organization from Brittany): http://www.utopia56.com/fr
http://www.refugeecommunitykitchen.com/aboutrck/ among the other organizations I have spoken about.

I hope to give more details about what I got up to in Calais and the situation on the ground on a blog soon. But I'd just like to say that there are around 1000 refugees plus in and around Calais and Dunkirk at different camps which will only rise as we head into summer. Every week camps are cleared by the police that take their few possessions leaving refugee with no tent or sleeping bag. The situation is dire and any help you can give albeit through funding, volunteering or organizing clothes and food donations please do.

To find out what is most needed at the camp look at this list: https://helprefugees.org/calais/needs-list/

For people wondering about coming and volunteering there's a caravan campsite that most of the volunteers live in. With around 80/90 volunteers living there at the moment. It costs around 5 euros a night, email one of the above mentioned organizations to organize with them about your arrival. I really enjoyed my stay there due to the strong sense of community and support from other volunteers. I'd like to say the impromptu sushi workshop was well received considering the small caravan kitchen!

The next Refugee community kitchen I'll be visiting will be in Belgrade. I hope to arrive there in ten days time after passing through Prague, Bratislava and Budapest.
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