What We Have Achieved in 2017

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What We Have Achieved in 2017

Do you like making lists? Here at LSR we are happy to make a list of what we have been doing this last year. So here it is, our 2017 Year End List:

  1. We helped to furnish fourteen apartments for refugee families in Béziers through a storage space donated by one of our members. All furniture was donated, collected and delivered by volunteers.

  2. Twenty families have been provided with weekly food supplies for extended periods and we responded to several other urgent need situations.

  3. Five refugee families (including 10 children) were provided with emergency housing in the area plus food supplies and personal support by LSR volunteers.

  4. Qualified teachers provided French lessons to several students and families, fee of charge. teachers.

  5. LSR collected and donated food, clothing and other supplies to volunteers working with refugees in “hot spots” in Paris, Calais, Vintimille, Briançon, St. Maxime and elsewhere. Volunteer drivers used their own and rented vehicles.

  6. A book titled And if it were you? was published in both English and French telling the story of how one young Syrian family made their way to France. The book can be purchased directly from the LSR association.

  7. We participated in several public events including the annual Cracker Fair Christmas Market at the l’Abbaye de Valmagne to increase awareness of refugee issues and raise money.

  8. Our network has grown to include more than 1000 members, friends and Facebook group members throughout the region, the country and the world.

  9. A number of LSR volunteers held fundraising events large and small to support our work. These events provide most of the funds used by LSR to support its activities.

  10.  At the time of this writing we are managing a big collection of clothing for the young refugee boys (among others) sleeping in the streets of Paris.

  11.  And to top it all off, a group of LSR volunteers organized a holiday party for 56 children and teenagers living in a CADA (refugee welcome center) in Béziers, with presents for all.

 

Lots of presents, lots of happy kids! Thanks to all who made this happen!

As the year comes to an end, we look forward to being more active and more effective in addressing the needs of refugees who are suffering through no fault of their own. Our ability to do this, of course, depends on the willingness of people in our network, or not yet in our network, to donate their time, material goods, and money to support  the effort.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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