Volunteering in the Jungle

£1,315 of £1,400 goal

Raised by 53 people in 39 months
Oli goes to the Jungle

So I went Veggie on 5th November for 50 days (till Christmas day) to raise money for Guildford People to People, who do tireless work helping people of the Calais Jungle. You helped me reach the target of £500 easily, thank you all very much! 

But I'm not stopping there....

So in late January/early Febuary 2016, I will be going to the Jungle to volunteer for a week (or so). Therefore, if you didn't contribute to my vegetarianism (I know there were plenty of you!) then you have another opportunity to give....

I will be self-funding the majority of the trip myself, but any further financial donations would be used to help buy things that those in the Jungle need (such as construction materials and tools, tents, food and essentially any items needed for a basic level of survival). The conditions are rapidly deteriorating as winter takes hold, hence more sophisticated shelter is needed, sanitary systems need to be built, warmer clothes need to be distributed and hot meals need to be cooked. I will be helping out with all of these tasks so money towards purchasing the necessary items will be vital. 

Whatever your politics, there is no way anyone deserves to live in the squalid conditions that those in the Jungle find themselves in. But helping these people requires a joint effort. I may be going and giving some time, but you can help too by giving money. 

So please give generously....
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Update 15
Posted by Oli Mould
35 months ago
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Hi all,

Some of you will know I went back to the Jungle the other week for a few days. After an SOS for people with 'experience' to help came out in response to the threat of eviction, I went in to do some moving of homes, repairs etc. You'll no doubt have seen the news, that the eviction is going ahead. This is really very sad for the thousands living there, not least all the unaccompanied children.

But, the judge did say that the social centres can stay (the church, the theatre etc). This is a victory of sorts, and is testament to amount of time AND MONEY that has been invested in them - which is down to you guys. All the funds you gave have gone some way to making these structures more than just bits of wood and plastic - they've become tangible social services that give the place a sense of community, that are now deemed too important to tear down. So THANK YOU all - your kind donations have gone towards making the Jungle less a camp, a more like a home.

What happens next is unknown. The eviction will be 'conducted with humanitarianism', so could take weeks, but a start date has not been set. But I wanted to thank you all - it's been amazing to see how generous people can be!
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Update 14
Posted by Oli Mould
36 months ago
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So a rather different day today - I went to Dunkirk to see the other camp. Firstly, the place is a quagmire, the rains last night clearly didn't help, but every other step I was struggling to remove my boot from the mud. The Dunkirk situation is very different - the camp is being moved imminently (or so they say) and so there is little to no coordination to the relief effort. This means confusion abounds, and lots of wasted effort (I dragged two massive boxes of tinned food to the kitchens only to be told they weren't suitable so dragged them all the way back).

The camp has very few prefabs, with everyone living in tents. There are a lot more women and children around too (in the Jungle they tend to be in the shelters). This is itself is harrowing given I saw children aged similar to my own living in small tents surrounded by mud, rubbish and chemical toilets. One little girl even had the exact same snowsuit Penny has which was not a nice image.

There were lots of media around too; I listened in on a BBC 5live journalist interviewing a 14 year old orphan who's story was difficult to listen to.

In among the carnage though, some pockets of fun: I stumbled across some guys who had some well kept guitars and we "jammed" for a little bit, which was fun for me, but probably not for them to listen too....
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Update 13
Posted by Oli Mould
36 months ago
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More building today (6 prefabs up in total today!) but it was very cold, wet and windy today making building very difficult (trying to rig tarpaulin in gales is not easy...)

Had some lunch from the cafes there, which rather delicious and cheap. Going out for a meal tonight with some residents and the build crew at the camp's Afghan restaurant so will be a chance to speak to them about other things than where they would like their door and how much insulation they're allowed...

Thanks again everyone for your donations. Ive been able to help people out with food and supplies because of it, and their gratefullness is truly humbling so thank you all.
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Update 12
Posted by Oli Mould
36 months ago
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So today I spent in the Calais camp, shadowing a repair team. We went around and gave some extra floors (basically wooden pallets), fixed doors, built porches(!) on houses. Later in the afternoon we built one whole prefab (about 6 or 7 go up a day roughly).

The camp is a fully functioning community; restaurants, hotels, shops, even a theatre. The site is still lacks basic sanitation and electricity, but there are roads and the occasional stand pipe. The people for whom we did work were very welcoming, giving us tea and biscuits, and making us sit down in their home.

All very humbling, but also very irritating to see heavily armed police all around the perimeter. One guy we saw had a smashed up face given to him by the police (confirmed by his hospital note). Heavy rains and winds tonight means tomorrow will be more cleaning and patching up.

Thanks again to all of you, I'm seeing the fruits of your labour!

A view of the jungle from atop a sand dune
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£50
G and Rob Perren
36 months ago

Keep it up! We will be praying :-)

BP
£100
Ben Padley
36 months ago

This should get you over the line in your target, well done. Get home safe. Ben

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£35
Peter Mould
36 months ago

Good job, Oli.

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William Lowries
36 months ago

praying for you

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36 months ago
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Kunal Lohia
36 months ago

Impressive commitment... go Oli!

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