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RedR offers training to tackle Calais Crisis

RedR is to help train members of grassroot organisations working in the Calais crisis in the fundamentals of humanitarian aid and logistics.

Thousands of people have fleed from war-torn countries to camps in northern France described by the engineering charity as undignified, cramped and unsanitary.

RedR said individual citizens and grassroots organisations had mobilised to collect donations, distribute essential items and show their solidarity, but that many had never done anything like it before.

It added that problems with storage and distribution of the donated goods, and co-ordination with other volunteers and organisations working in the camp was presenting significant challenges. 

A spokesperson said RedR had been in contact with several grassroots organisations working in Calais, who had requested support. On the back of this it said that it was going to draw on its expertise of humanitarian crises around the world and was offering to train 24 people.

RedR said this would give these people the skills they needed to ensure that distributions were targeted to meet real needs, and that they remained accountable to those they were trying to help.

“RedR has a very definite role to play here,” said RedR chief executive Martin McCann (pictured).

“In the past 35 years, we have trained the staff and partners of UN agencies, the Red Cross and national and international NGOs. But we have also trained individuals who have taken it upon themselves to try to alleviate suffering - which is what is happening here, on an unprecedented scale.”

RedR is also involved in the response to the current refugee crisis in the Middle East and Eastern Europe through the on-the-ground training and technical support.

If you would like to make a donation to RedR’s UK and Europe programmes, please click here

Any grassroots organisation working in Calais wanting to benefit from the training have been asked to contact Poppy Hardee: poppy.hardee@redr.org.uk

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