What is Chaubertin?

Chaubertin is a small group of volunteers that provides emergency aid to homeless refugees in Paris. We distribute clothes, hygiene products and other necessities on the ground to support refugees in their struggle for survival on the streets. Currently, more than 2,000 homeless refugees live in degrading conditions in the northern outskirts of the city.

The name "Chaubertin" draws from the areas between Porte de la Chapelle, Porte d'Aubervilliers and Patin, where most of the encampments are situated.

Why do refugees live on the streets of Paris?

While some refugees have been legally approved as asylum seekers, they either can't obtain a place in a social housing center or don't receive enough financial aid to be able to afford housing. Others are still waiting for their asylum decision that can take several months. Even though refugees are entitled to housing and financial aid during the procedure, the French administration makes it very difficult for refugees to claim their rights. Unfortunately, a large number of refugees have become victims of the so-called Dublin Regulation, which threatens them with deportation to the country, in which they have registered their fingerprints. Those countries mostly don't offer future perspectives for refugees or even deport them back to their country of origin, which is the reason why they leave their fingerprint-registered countries and seek asylum in France. Under the Dublin status and depending on their situation, refugees are condemned to wait for 6 to 18 months to be able to apply for asylum in France – without housing, financial assistance or medical aid.

How can I help?

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Money donation

To provide refugees with the basic necessities for their survival on the streets, we rely on money donations from compassionate and engaged people like you! Any amount is much appreciated and earns you at least 1000 karma points! 🙏

Click here to support our cause!

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Item donation

We also appreciate donations of tents, sleeping bags, clothes, shoes and hygiene products. If you want to donate items, please refer to our donation page to see what's needed and how to donate. Please make sure to read the guidelines 😉

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Volunteer with us

We can always use a helping hand when it comes to the distribution of items in the camps. Ideally, you have the capacity to become a long-term volunteer. If you want to donate your time, check our volunteering options and reach out to us! 🤗

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Support our friends

Collaboration is great to be most efficient on the ground! We work closely with our friends from SapoCycle and MARDi to enhance the hygienic and medical conditions in the refugee camps. Learn what they do and how to support them here. ❤️

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