Jungle Canopy - Improving conditions for refugee families

How can you help Jungle Canopy?

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This fundraiser is being administered by Care4Calais, but donations will be ringfenced and the bashas will also be delivered to Help Refugees and Mobile Refugee Support, as required.

Emergency Winter Shelter

There is a pressing need around Calais/Dunkirk, for emergency shelter.  The police are slashing tents and confiscating bedding, to ensure the area is as “inhospitable” as possible.  They are working illegally, to create a hostile environment.

Winter is here, so we’re in a race against time. Again.  If people are forced to sleep outdoors, without any form of shelter, it is inevitable that over the coming cold, wet months, some of them will die.


So… Bashas.  This is what the British Army used before the invention of Gore-Tex and bivvy bags.

A basha is discrete, versatile, effective and lightweight.  It’s easy to “grab and go”; you can quickly unhook the bungees, then shove the basha down the front of your jacket, and run for safety.

Two tarpaulins.  One as top cover; one as a groundsheet.  The top cover is supported by elastic bungees attached to trees, or by sticks and pegs in the ground (see pics).

We can provide a full basha for £5; half the cost of a bivvy bag, and it will shelter up to three people, rather than one.  If we can raise £2,500, we will fund 500 bashas.


We need caravans!

Every caravan Jungle Canopy delivers to Calais goes directly to a refugee family. Every penny raised is spent in direct support of refugees. No-one in the Jungle Canopy team is paid. To donate, please complete the form.

Donate A Caravan

We need drivers! (with tow bars!)

We need to shuttle caravans between staging points around the country, as well as towing them across the Channel and into the Jungle. You can help make a difference to those in need.

Register To Drive

We need funds!

The deployment of a caravan costs us an average of £500. We need to tow it across the UK, prepare and equip it, then fund a Channel crossing, before the caravan is towed into the Jungle to provide a home for a refugee family.

Donate Funds

If you are able to help, please register your interest on the appropriate page, or make a donation. Every penny donated will be well spent.

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“Jungle Canopy” is a UK operation delivering donated caravans and supporting people in the Calais Jungle. We collaborate closely with other operations to deliver the most effective aid possible.

Members of the team have been delivering caravans to the Jungle since September 2015; we have seen the population peak at over 7,000 people and we provided support throughout the partial eviction processes, helping evacuate families to safe areas of the camp.

Every caravan we deliver to Calais, goes directly to a refugee family, to unaccompanied minors, or to other vulnerable groups.

Lone man in the Calais jungle
Small fire in the Calais jungle
Tents in the Calais jungle

People are living in the most appalling conditions in the Calais “Jungle”. The population is a mix of refugees, those seeking asylum, and economic migrants.Typically, they have travelled from the Middle East and East Africa, fleeing war, persecution, torture or threats of death.

The Jungle was first established in 2002, when the Red Cross Centre at Sangatte was closed. In 2009, the population was approximately 800, but during the course of 2015 the effects of the civil war in Syria and the activity of Da’esh (ISIS) has caused an explosive growth in that number. In June 2015 there were an estimated 3,000 inhabitants. This more than doubled in six months; in December 2015 over 7,000 people were living in the Calais Jungle.

In January 2016, the French authorities mandated that an exclusion zone be created between the Jungle and the bordering roads. This resulted in volunteers having to relocate 25 caravans, 300 tents and 250 shelters into safe areas of the Jungle, to beat the deadline when bulldozers and riot police would move in. 1,300 people were moved, including 280 women and 40 children, in less than a week. The following month, the Calais Prefecture bulldozed the Southern half of the Jungle, and deployed riot police with tear gas to make 3,400 people homeless.

Originally, the Jungle community almost entirely comprised young men, who were attempting to enter the UK illegally, by stowing away on trains, lorries or ferries. This is no longer the case. There are now hundreds and hundreds of women and children in the Jungle. A census conducted in April 2016 established that the population of the Jungle was nearly 5,000, comprising 4,432 adults and 514 children, 294 of whom are unaccompanied. The youngest unaccompanied child was just 8 years old. There are 1,400 adults in converted shipping containers, 170 women and children in the Jules Ferry centre and 3,376 inhabitants in the main camp area living in shelters, caravans and tents.

As borders across Europe are closing, refugee families find themselves in a bottleneck, with no way out. They arrive in Calais and find themselves faced with razor wire, rubber bullets and tear gas. By this time they have often exhausted all their resources, energy and hope. They have spent all their money paying traffickers, most of their possessions have been lost or stolen and many have seen family members die during the horrific journey. They have hit a dead end and have nowhere else to go.

The Jungle is a truly horrific place to live. There is minimal support from governments or global NGOs (with the exception of Médicins Sans Frontières, who do an amazing job). Almost all support for the Calais Jungle is from grass-roots organisations, like ourselves.