Help Refugees was formed in August 2015 in response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Calais. Primarily working where large NGOs are unable to operate, they are now the largest grassroots provider of aid to the refugee crisis across Europe.
In the absence of many of the large NGOs in the camps, much of the operational responsibility has fallen to grassroots volunteer organisations which fill the gaps where the Governments and larger NGOs are currently failing to provide.
Help Refugees now work in 25 of the 47 refugee camps in mainland Greece, providing everything from maternity and antenatal services to child friendly spaces, early development learning, clean water and camp infrastructure. In addition to this they have served 350,000 meals in Europe alone, have sent ambulances and much needed funds to the White Helmets in Syria (nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize), and fund search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean.
In their first year of being in operation, Help Refugees have been awarded with the Observer New Radicals Award, the Liberty More In Common Award, Foreign Policy Global Thinkers Award and were chosen as The Guardian’s Official Christmas Charity Partner.