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• Bon Appétit •

Every day, twice a day, the @refugee_community_kitchen provides food for 2,750 people. The meals mostly consist of foods that are high in energy and carbohydrates - like curry with potatoes, rice, and bread. The kitchen also provides lunch for all the volunteers, which is exactly the same as the food that is distributed to the refugees - nothing is served to them that we wouldn't eat ourselves.

I've been very lucky to be a part of the distribution teams that go out and serve food to the refugees in Calais. By doing this I've had the chance to talk to, and make friends with, many of the people we are working to help. This is a very humbling and heartwarming experience, and it's fantastic to see the fruits of our labour. It is truly amazing to see how happy, polite, and friendly everyone is. However, it can also be a very heartbreaking experience as many of the refugees are young men, who are around the same age as me or, in some cases, even younger.
It is a very tough job to cater and provide food for thousands of people and sometimes it can mean we run low and some people miss out. This happened yesterday when we ran out of rice. One man was visibly upset by the fact we couldn't give him any more food and told us how hungry he was. Then one young man, instead of keeping his rice for himself, offered it to the man who had none. It equally broke and warmed my heart to see the sheer kindness and generosity these men are able to show one another, even in their own desperate situation.
This experience will forever keep me humble and forever striving to be kind. •• #helprefugees #refugees #calais #calaisrefugees #refugeecommunitykitchen #refugeeswelcomehere #refugeeswelcome #opentheborders #donate #donations #refugeesarewelcome
Emma's super excited about our upcoming student conference on refugees on 18th November! (... Although she referred to having this photo taken as 'ritual humiliation')
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Link to early-bird tickets in our bio! 🐦 Until midnight you can snag a ticket for just £6.50!
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#STARconference17 #refugeeswelcome #refugeeswelcomehere #refugees #students #volunteering #educating #campaigning #raisingawareness #university
"Uh-huh yeah sure ok whatever...but are you coming to the Women's Convention? *sip sip*" Officially ONE WEEK away y'all!! .
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Register for the conference. Volunteer and receive a pass. Donate. Follow online @womensmarch . Do your part. Participate. Show up. See you in Detroit next Friday! <womensconvention.com> .
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#womensconvention #reclaimingourtime #womensmarch #activism #globalintersectionalism #revolutionarylove #justiceforall #nogenderbinary #refugeeswelcomehere #blacklivesmatter #translivesmatter #7days
Tonight I had the privilege to attend @treetopscollective’s first annual celebration dinner. We delighted in the tastiest multi-cultural feast and, more importantly, got to hear stories of amazing refugee women who are rising up in our community as leaders, makers & entrepreneurs. The refugee women, like Nadia who made the beautiful pottery in this picture, are not only resettling here in #GrandRapids, but they are putting down roots and truly belonging here. Will you join Tree Tops Collective by spreading welcome in your neighborhood and surrounding community? #spreadwelcome
Get your tickets to see Terry McGovern at #IrishStand Dublin!
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After speaking in the Riverside Church last March 17 for the very first #IrishStand New York, Terry McGovern of the @aclu_nationwide @nyclu will be joining us again for #IrishStandDublin in aid of the Irish Refugee Council on November 8. .
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Visit the link in our bio to get your ticket and support Irish Stand Dublin and the Irish Refugee Council. #NoBanNoWall #RefugeesWelcomeHere #SeasAnFód
Wir leben in dem Land in dem man nicht versteht das FREMD verdammt nochmal kein Wort für FEINDLICH ist.
Es ist auch mein Land und ich will nicht das ein 4. Reich draus wird und es ist auch Dein Land. @afd.bund @afd.pressemitteilungen #quit #betolerant #befree #refugeeswelcomehere #fcknzs #nazisrausausdeutschland #nazisraus
A gathering of some of the Columbus Crossing Borders artists at the CCB opening exhibit in May 2017 at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.
Left to right: Andy Quisumbing, Angela Gage, Stephanie Hemmer, Mark Gingerich, Dalia Koppes, Paula Colman, Allen Schwartz, Laurie VanBalen, Kathy Anderson, Linda Regula, Amber Raffeld, Dasa Harris, Gaye Reissland.

#crossingborders #artforacause #artexhibit #documentaryfilm #documentary #artexhibition #touringartwork #refugeeinterviews #refugeestories #abstractpaintings #figurepaintings #groupproject #standwithrefugees #Bhutan #compassion #supportforrefugees #refugeesandimmigrants #refugeeswelcomehere #humanrights #humanitariancause #daca #standwithdreamers #nomuslimban #freedomforall #respectforall #opportunityforeveryone #loveforhumanity #aleppo #syria #artistsforrefugees
A gathering of some of the Columbus Crossing Borders artists at the CCB opening exhibit in May 2017 at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.
Left to right: Kathy Anderson, Stephanie Hemmer, Amber Raffeld, Laurie VanBalen, Paula Colman, Laurie VanBalen, Daidria Eckels, Dasa Harris, Gaye Reissland, Virginia Carvour, Linda Regula, Allen Schwartz, Andy Quisumbing.

#crossingborders #artforacause #artexhibit #documentaryfilm #documentary #artexhibition #touringartwork #refugeeinterviews #refugeestories #abstractpaintings #figurepaintings #groupproject #standwithrefugees #Bhutan #compassion #supportforrefugees #refugeesandimmigrants #refugeeswelcomehere #humanrights #humanitariancause #daca #standwithdreamers #nomuslimban #freedomforall #respectforall #opportunityforeveryone #loveforhumanity
When I was 16, I had the time to go to school and work at a market. The people of my country thought it was blasphemous to see a young girl working… I was so disgusted by the way the men treated me and their assumptions about a working woman. But I wanted to bring the idea of change. I joined a women’s empowerment group my mother was a member of. Women would come to the center for help if they were being beaten or if they wanted to study or work. We encouraged women to stand up for themselves and taught them their rights in the law. We taught handicraft skills like carpet weaving so they could go and earn some money....
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Read her whole story at tsosrefugees.org.
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Today we marched alongside our brothers and sisters in faith to reject the #travelban. We won't be silent. We will stand up in the face of discrimination and support and love our neighbors. #NoMuslimBanEver
• Sacs de Couchage •

Each area of the Help Refugees warehouse is named and signposted according to what items are sorted there. However, the area for sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows did not have a name, until we lovingly and unofficially named it...BED-lam! And this is where we spent the whole day sorting around 90kg of donated bedding.
But, why is bedding so important? As I mentioned before, the French authorities want to deter refugees from settling in Calais and confiscate any tents or bedding refugees manage to get hold of. If they can keep a blanket for even 3 days, they are very lucky. As the weather is getting ever colder here in France, it's increasingly important to make sure as many people as possible have a chance at being warm and comfortable at night. •• #helprefugees #help #refugees #calais #calaisrefugees #france #refugeeswelcome #refugeeswelcomehere #opentheborders #refugeecommunitykitchen
Delighted to confirm that singer, senator, & campaigner Frances Black will perform at #IrishStand Dublin on November 8 in Liberty Hall, held in aid of the Irish Refugee Council. Visit the link in our bio pick up your tickets! #NoBanNoWall #RefugeesWelcomeHere #SeasAnFód
Great news! RHR has just learned that it will receive a $200,000, renewable federal grant to expand its important work. "This federal award for Refugees Helping Refugees is a testament to the inclusive, important work happening right here in our community," Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said in a statement." Link in bio to read the article from @democratandchronicle. 📸: @lindeeohlman #WithRefugees #istandwithrefugees #nobannowall #letthemin #lovearmy #huffpostgram #whatamericalookslike #ROCwelcomesall #standforrights2017
Very happy at my volunteer job at Missao Paz (Mission Peace) at the Church Our Lady of Peace (Scalabrini Order) in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the area where I volunteer (Work Axis), we are very proud to provide jobs for Migrants (immigrants, refugees, Stateless), Seafares and Itinerants. Today I mediated 06 job positions for a poultry farm owned by a Iraqi refugee who came to Brazil 35 year ago. 04 Hatians, 01 Congolese and 01 Angolan got the jobs! Missão Paz also provides Shelter, Legal Services, Documentation, Medical & Psychological Support, Education and other services to better assist the Migrants and mainly to provide them with dignity and rights. #refugeesinbrazil #somostodosimigrantes #weareallimmigrants #REFUNITE #IMmigrant #missaopaz #volunteerwork #ngo #immigrantsinbrazil #acnur #refugiadosnobrasil #refugiadoseumeimporto #refugiados #missãopaz #ethnography #conare #unhcr #refugee #multicultural #ethnic #etnografia #unrefugees #refugiadosbienvenidos #refugeeswelcome #refugeeswelcomehere
There are more displaced people in the world now than there have ever been. Over half of them are children. Many are living apart from their families and may spend their entire childhood without a home. .
Let's find a way to give them a future. .
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Artwork by @lizthayerart

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