Strength in numbers
LSR primarily focus their service delivery via partners who work on the ground with refugees.
LSR also work with some individual activists that provide amazing assistance to refugees further away. These location include Ventimille and Calais as well as recently Moldova to help with the Ukrainian crisis.
We are also always on the look-out for new activist organisations to partner with across the Languedoc so please get in touch to see how we can help.
Here are some of the organisations we partner with.
LSR and Cimade
Cimade was created in France in October 1939 under the name of Comité inter-mouvements auprès des évacués (Inter-movement Committee for Evacuees) to help evacuees from Alsace and Lorraine fleeing the war. It then helped refugees interned in camps (Rivesaltes, Argelès, Gurs, Agde, etc.) during the Second World War (Spanish republicans, Jews from various European countries, German anti-fascists, etc.) and then took part in the resistance. Since then, it has adapted its work to the challenges of each era.
Currently, it works with asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. The volunteers receive them, listen to them, inform them and advise them on their rights. They help them to put together their application for asylum with OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons), and to lodge appeals if necessary with the National Asylum Court. It tries to facilitate the survival of undocumented migrants.
The Beziers office of LA Cimade also manages a CADA (Centre d'Accueil de Demandeurs d'Asile) with accommodation and has created the Alternatif Hotel which houses migrants found living on the streets. LSR provides food and other support for all the activities of La Cimade Beziers.
In Carcassonne, the CIMADE has an office in the Montsarrat Social Centre in the Viguier district. Volunteers welcome asylum seekers there. They are in contact with many partners (SAMU Social, charities, social workers) and very often with lawyers.
The volunteers also carry out awareness-raising activities for adults and young people in schools. (CFA of Lézignan-Lycée of Limoux)
Finally, for several years now, the CIMADE has been intervening in the field in the Aude region, with the financial and logistical support of LSR, by distributing food, clothing and basic supplies on a monthly basis.
LSR and Vivre Ensemble en Minervois (VEEM)
VEEM is an organisation set up to welcome newcomers to the region. Members offer language courses and other social and special interest activities. They actively support refugees living in the Minervois. Their office, 22, Ave de Béziers in Olonzac, is open on Tuesdays, from 10.00am to 11.30am and provides a delivery point for food donations for refugees in Carcassonne supported by LSR and Cimade. Website www.veem.fr
We are supporters of this method of fundraising and as well as helping existing projects, we aim to create our own in the not too distant future.
ACCUEIL MIGRANTS E S CLERMONTAIS AMIC
AMIC work in Clermont L’Hérault to support migrants and campaign on their behalf.
COLLECTIF SOLIDARITÉ RÉFUGIÉS du Piscénois
This collectif is made up of a group of charities and other groups that work together to help
refugees. A lot of their work is around helping MNA (mineurs non-accompagnés / un accompanied
kids) under the age of 18. This covers everything from food and accommodation to getting them into
schools, teaching them French and sadly also fighting the case of those kids that have received OQTF
upon becoming 18.