We are currently preparing to visit the children and families living in Dunkirk this February 17. Over the winter they have been given temporary accommodation in a crowded gymnasium space, just five minutes away from the settlement where they were previously living in tents in the open. There are no provisions in place in the gymnasium where they are to provide any kind of privacy. Families turn the beds they have been given on their side to create individual room spaces and sleep on the floor using blankets for beds.
We will visit the families and run various creative workshops with our volunteers.
“Through our creative workshops, the children find a platform through which to communicate their inner thoughts & feelings; particularly important given that this outlet is repressed otherwise. Our creative workshops provide a therapeutic technique of personalised expression through individualised as well as group-work activities. This greatly benefits the children as they learn social and emotional interaction skills. Through playful creative tasks, the children find their laughter once again.” Farah Khan, Teacher and H4RC Volunteer.
We are also delighted to announce that we will be expanding the work we do and will soon be running a project alongside Fences & Frontiers, providing cultural activities and engaging with refugee children and their families here in the UK.
We would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and involvement with H4RC to date, you have brought much happiness, relief and smiles to hundreds of children and families stranded in our borders and living in dire conditions. It would not have been possible without you!