This month we are thinking about kindness.

Kindness in Calais:  there are over 1,500 men, women and children living in tents in and around Calais.  They have come from all over the world.  They are trying to find a safe place to live.

Natasha and Elizabeth are both from London but travelled to Calais in France to help people who are living in terrible conditions.  These people don’t have safe places to live because they are refugees – they’ve had to leave their homes because of war or because there’s nothing to eat.  Natasha says, ‘I went to Calais in October, just as winter was starting and hundreds of refugees were sleeping on the streets in the freezing cold.  One of our jobs in Calais was chopping firewood so that people could keep warm on winter nights.  I worked in the kitchen too, where we helped to prepare nutritious food for 1,500 refugees every day.  I met lots of other young people from different faiths and backgrounds.  I learnt that kindness and helping others is something we all have in common.  Even helping in a small way can make a big difference to someone’s life.’  Elizabeth said, ‘I helped to prepare food and mended socks and blankets.  I learnt about how lots of refugees from many different countries are trapped in Northern France, and the difficulties they face.’

Our collection in March amounted to £26.29.  Thanks as always to our donors.