It is so hard to see the worsening situation in Ouistreham. several of these boys came back up to Caen last night to eat with us. Hari, who we have got to know fairly well, asked me in all sincerity, “Do you think England will take us?” He went on to say with sadness in his eyes “That is what we are waiting for now. It is our only hope.” I found it deeply painful to have to say to him, in the most sensitive way I could, that no, England is unlikely to be changing its policy anytime soon.
In the mean time the boys are living in the woods and in an ever more desperate situation. We are doing all we can to help and have no doubt, right now, that more help is needed. Please pray for these boys, many of whom we now call friends – and pray that we will be able to help them in the coming 2 months of colder weather. Specifics you can pray for are:
- We want to ask the authorities in Ouistreham itself if there is a location we can feed the boys once a week in a safe, authorised environment.
- We need to upgrade our service with a purpose build food-truck or trailer.
- Ultimately, we want to secure a premises on the Presqu’île in Caen as a base from which to feed more people more often and as a location where we can begin to offer them advice and educational opportunities. In the short-term this would also be a place where those living rough in Ouistreham could come for a hot meal and other help at least once a week.
Even the above will only scratch the surface… but we want to at least press-in to doing more than we are currently able… Thanks for your prayers and support. You can give to this cause at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sos-chai