If together with my sons we can give just a LITTLE laughter, kindness, and compassion alongside the practical things we plan then that is enough for me.
The reality is hard for some who say it is an illegal camp and should’nt be there - maybe it should’nt - but it IS and we cannot just turn our heads away and ignore deep human suffering in this way. If you listened to the stories I have - if you had listened and watched the person telling the stories’ eyes fill with tears - if you like me had pushed your head into the pillow that night in trying to sleep, to soak up the tears, you would understand a little more - please don’t close your mind and just see terrorists and fear - please learn more about the reality - I have learned so much and am eager to learn more - its there just seek it out - don’t listen to the hard right accounts that spread lies and untruths.
As I sit and ponder my last 2 trips there and wonder about the future for people who are WELL outside their comfort zone - I turn to the stories of refugees that are being actively welcomed into some communities and I feel so sad - I personally would love to welcome some to my home and be responsible for them so the state did’nt have to worry and show them that the world is not such an unkind place and there ARE people who are loving and generous spirited.
There is a young man on the jungle, same age as my son Sam, who I have come to know, who is there with his younger brother, he is articulate and helpful - these last days he has been helping Dave put up an extension to the Kitchen he also helped our team to build, he is a hard worker and all he wants to to get away from his country that treated him so very badly and find work and settle down. There is no doubt in my mind he would work hard. I would have him in my house like a shot - if I was allowed, but it seems I won’t be. How very sad it makes me. I don’t have a lot but I am more than willing to share to help someone reach their full potential. Its what I have done with my sons - supported them, encouraged them, helped them, and praised them as they have travelled the journey that is life. Is it so wrong to want to help others in the same way?
But it seems that will not happen so I have to make sure I do what ever I can to assist with the other stuff that needs doing around the edges and that means going to France and helping in practical and hopefully emotional ways too, in listening to stories - problems shared can sometimes be cathartic too - hopefully.
The conditions in camp are too awful and I am trying to raise awareness by holding a fundraiser where people here in Guernsey camp out for JUST one night to try and get a feeling for what that must be like to do it night after night. It will in NO way represent the reality but hopefully will make people stop and THINK - especially in January!
I also am investigating the possibility of purchasing something called Better Shelters and have been trying to work out the logistics of the finances since they want £1,050 each including transport from Poland and I have to buy 40 as a minimum - so watch this space.
( Sun 13th 12.15pm - we nearly have enough money to buy the 40 now! but please help us to purchase more!)
SO PLEASE HELP ME TO CONTINUE TO BE ONE VOICE TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW IN NO MAN’S LAND - NO WAY BACK AND NO WAY FORWARD.
If you would like to contribute to the trip (I and the boys are self funding) you can donate on line at www.bridge2.gg or at HSBC 40/22/25 63963497
thank you SO much to all who send messages of support - I have been really heartened with the response and this week has been exceptional - I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
so in closing I will just remind you that ....
“alone we can do a little but together we can do so much”