On 2nd September, the world was devastated by a picture of 3 year old boy, Aylan Kurdi, lying facedown, dead in the water; a victim of the wars in Syria. There are thousands of people fleeing war and brutal occupation in their homeland; if you would like to help, here are some specific initiatives set up in Luxembourg.
CalAid is a group of volunteers collecting urgently-needed donations for those living in the Calais refugee camps. They have set up drop off points across the country, will rent a van to deliver all of the donated items on September 6th, and then other trips will be scheduled after that. If you can help or would like more information please contact directly through the Facebook page.
The Red Cross is urgently looking for clothing, bedding, school supplies, clothes and shoes to help refugees arriving in Luxembourg. There are collection centres in Luxembourg City, Esch/Alzette and Ettelbrück. See here for the opening hours of these centres.
Kleiderkammer Afa Trier
Just over the border, Trier is currently accommodating 4,8%* of all refugees entering Germany, who are being moved to the centre for Rheinland-Pfalz in Trier to be registered and placed in permanent accommodation. They currently need clothes and shoes for men, women and children, toys, prams and push chairs, travel bags and suitcases, working laptops that can handle Windows7 or Linux, German-Arabic language books. All donations can be brought to any Sunflower Montessori crèche and they will be passed on.
Because We Carry collect baby carriers and slings, which will go to Lesbos where there are centres that need them. Why baby carriers and slings? Because refugees have to be able to carry their babies in a safe way. Collection until the 11th of September.
Caritas urgently requires the following for its accommodation centres in Luxembourg: Single and double beds; mattresses, bedding, towels, shoes, small fridges and small televisions. If you have any of these items please contact them on 40 21 31 1.
This group has been set up to help those in need by centrally collecting unused hotel toiletries (starting with Luxembourg Airport) and distributing them out to people who need them. To help with this initiative, please click here.
Other Facebook Pages set up to help
For more information on what you can do to help, please follow the Refugees Welcome to Luxembourg FB Page! This is a fantastic initiative set up by a student in Luxembourg and is soon to become an official organisation to gather all information, donations and skills in one place.