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Two weeks after the opening of La Chapelle humanitarian centre, Utopia56 invites volunteers to come

November 25, 2016 - 7:35am

Two weeks after the opening of La Chapelle humanitarian centre, Utopia56 invites volunteers to come

La Chapelle new humanitarian centre opened Thursday, November 10th, two weeks ago. Since it opened, volunteers of Utopia56 have helped manage the queues of refugees, have taken isolated teenagers to the appropriate organisation and sick refugees to hospitals, and have distributed clothes and hygiene products in the centre.

Since the opening of this new centre, managed by Emmaüs Solidarité, more than 500 refugees have been welcomed within a period of 5 to 10 days, and have gotten the legal information before having been reoriented according to their personal situation. Some refugees are still sleeping in the streets of Paris though. Volunteers of Utopia56 distribute them blankets and some coffee every night. 

These new measures highly improve the first welcome of refugees. We support Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s initiative, such as we supported Grande Synthe Mayor Damien Carême (59) when the first French humanitarian camp opened. We are asking the State to open other structures of this kind for first-arrived refugees. Welcome centres are necessary in the regions of France where refugees fleeing dictatorships, war and misery arrive. 

In Paris, we need help. Utopia56 invites volunteers to come: 25 volunteers a day are necessary to help out in La Chapelle humanitarian centre. We also need volunteers to distribute blankets to refugees who are sleeping in the streets and to organise collections in Paris.