5 ways you can help child refugees travelling to Europe
So far this year, 350,000 desperate people have attempted the life-threatening journey to Europe. Thousands of them are children.
They have been forced to leave behind everything they have – their homes, their friends, sometimes even their families – in search of a life worth living. And those who survive the treacherous journey often arrive injured, exhausted, and unsure of what the future holds.
No child should have to go through this.
If you’ve been moved by the pictures and stories of the crisis, here are five things you can do to help:
1. Donate money
We’re working across Europe to provide food, clothes and medical support to children arriving here. We’re also working in the countries where many of these children start their journey, trying to tackle poverty, violence and abuse of human rights. But we can’t do this work without your donations.
2. Add your voice
On 14 September, EU ministers will meet to discuss their response to tackle the crisis. We need to show them how much this decision matters – and that Europe needs to do more to help refugees.
You can also take a photo of yourself holding up a ‘#Refugees Welcome’ sign and share it on social media to show the world that this issue matters to you.
4. Spread the word
Share our Facebook and Twitter posts with your family and friends so that they can get behind our appeal and find out about the work that our teams are doing to give child refugees around the world the chance of a life free from persecution.
5. Interested in fostering a refugee child?
If you are thinking about fostering a refugee child, contact Foster Line which offers advice about fostering and can help you get in touch with the fostering services in your local area. You can contact them on 0800 040 7675, via their website www.fosterline.info or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Foster Line is funded by the Department of Education and is delivered by Foster Talk.