25th August 2016

Since the summer of 2015, over 25 fundraising groups reacting to the refugee crisis have signed up with Prism the Gift Fund. We offer these groups our charitable auspices so that they can benefit from charity status, gift aid on donations, outsourced admin and much more

Since the summer of 2015, over 25 fundraising groups reacting to the refugee crisis have signed up with Prism the Gift Fund. We offer these groups our charitable auspices so that they can benefit from charity status, gift aid on donations, outsourced admin and much more. By simply signing up with Prism, the groups have been able to operate with a level of governance that comes with being an established charity. Prism provide the charitable structure so that fundraisers can concentrate on what matters most on the ground.

Many of our amazing groups are based in Calais where they provide constant support to the 6000+ residents. We spent the day touring the camp with Help Refugees‘ Phili Boyle. Phili took us around the camp, introducing us to not only some of the other amazing organisations, but also the refugees who occupy the camp. From Syrian to Eritrean, Muslim to Christian, adult to unaccompanied minor, the Jungle is populated by a wide range of nationalities, religions and ages. Prism visited the warehouse which we co-fund with L’Auberge Des Migrants where groups such as Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) and Calais Kitchens operate. RCK provide the camp with up to 1800 hot, healthy and nutritious meals a day, whilst Calais Kitchens give out food packs for families to cook meals themselves. There’s also the incredible Calais Woodyard who provide refugees with wood, which is their primary source of fuel for cooking and heat.

A safe place for women and children in the camp is so important. That’s why we visited the Help Refugees-funded Women’s and Children’s Centre. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the centre works to provide essential care for the thousands of women, children, unaccompanied minors and in particular, pregnant women who need urgent aid. Following on from this, we visited the Refugee Info Bus; an old horse box that’s been renovated into a smart, functional space that allows the camp to access WiFi with a range of up to 350 metres. The bus enables refugees to contact family members and connect with the world.

These are just a few of the amazing Calais-based projects that provide the camp with a standard of living which affords a level of dignity for all. Whilst there is still so much to be done, Prism the Gift Fund’s charitable funds are working fast to provide aid and assistance to those who need it most. Visiting the camp is an experience like no other. The dedication of the volunteers and the unwavering resolve of the camp’s inhabitants is remarkable.

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