• We are an offically registered charity giving direct aid to those who need it. Please help us to help so many! Account number.

    BE95 0018 4395 6458 or PayPal gent4humanity15@gmail.com

    VZWGent4Humanity refugee crisis support

  • We are British expats running a Belgium based legally registered non profit organisation from the heart of Gent. We do what we can to help thousands of misplaced refugees across Europe with our international team of volunteers!

    We believe that every human being has the right to be treated fairly and in dignified way.

    We are back for as long as we can depending on Corona. So for now you too can get involved with this very special

    international Gent based fusion comprising of ex-pats, and Belgians. You'll be right there on the front line helping refugees in dire straits.

    Do you have what it takes to join us?

    You can volunteer" on our 'one day' trips to Dunkirk and Paris. We have a variety of projects on offer, and you will be spending time with refugees. But you must be over 21 speak very good English, be able to commute to Gent very early in the morning of departure, and legally entitled to cross borders. Once you've been with us a while you could be invited to join us on our one day trips to Paris. It's there that we give medical and psycho social help.

    Update!! For now we have suspended trips to Paris due to Corona;


    Our four step volunteer process is important and it’s that simple!

    This is in place for every single applicant. It ensures that we have the commitment from you to make our team work efficiently in a front line volunteering situation.

    Step one. You apply by giving your email address.

    Step two. You fill out the application form.

    Step three. You sign our ethics and confidentiality form

    Step four. You attend the volunteer meeting and training.



    "You can donate money" We need it to buy special items like new socks and underwear, medical essentials, and water to prevent dehydration. If you give a donation over 40 euros we can send you an "attest" letter you can use to get a percentage of your donation back in your taxes. Our account number is right there on the web page header. Or you can send a donation via PayPal at gent4humanity15@gmail.com or head to our facebook page and start a fundraiser!!

    "You can give us your items" We no longer take second hand clothes or shoes but other items are sorely needed!! We are facing the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII, so please help us to support those who need it. Want to get involved but not sure what to give? It's always best to contact us first either on our contact form, email or via private message on our Facebook page. We update our list constantly and will be happy to supply you with it.

    An urgent aid campaign for refugees living rough in Dunkirk. The constant bad conditions they are forced to endure takes it's toll in all weathers so we do what we can to keep them warm and dry.

    Donations are always needed!!!!

    We are pleased to accept items you have personally collected, but only from the list we supply.

    We do not pick up your donations, and in order to bring anything to us in Gent central a prearranged day and hour is required. We can even arrange for you to drop off some evenings and weekends.


    Our latest list for December 2020


    Blankets and sleeping bags. New or used. If not new they must be clean with no damage.

    Socks, beanies and gloves for men. New only.


    First Aid items.


    Dry and loose cough mixture.

    Sore throat lozenges.

    Grip/flu medications.


    What we do not accept.


    Clothes for adults and children.


    Old towels.

    Half used bottles of shower gel.

    Perfume and cosmetics.

    Shoes for adults or children.









    Our January 2021 trip to Dunkirk was a challenge. Rain all day, muddy, damp, cold and heart-breaking for the refugees.








    Distribution went ahead despite the weather








  • Paris photos 2019. No more trips since Corona

    First Aid Trip to the city on Saturday the 13th of July. A reflection now as a massive eviction and evacuation of over 2000 refugees took place on Tuesday the 28th of January. The site of where these photos were taken is now devoid of tents and people.

    Makeshift camps are everywhere in the north of Paris

    There is no sign of humanity!

    Aubervilliers. Where refugees mix with the homeless and drug addicted in one of the most troubled parts of Paris.

    Life is a terrible struggle.

    From Gent to Paris. A crew of 10.

    Leaving Gent at 6am in the morning and arriving in Paris a few hours later.

    First Aid Assistance

    It was non stop all day....Refugees are scattered everywhere


    By a busy road, refugee men, women and children live daily with noise, rats and pollution


    A hand of human kindness reaches out to someone in first aid as cars thunder past, it's drivers indifferent to the suffering of those we tried to help.

    Taking a break

    Behind us lies the dangerous crack and cocaine camp where no one dares to go including us. A short walk away is the refugee camp. A fine line separates the two...As of January the 28th 2020 this camp has been demolished.

    It's a new way to live in September 2020. Corona times.......

    Corona does not defeat us. We wear masks, keep distance and carry on!

  • Gent4humanity reaching out to young students in Gent about the refugee crisis. 2019.

  • Volunteering Opportunities

    Are you over 21, mature, committed, and have a passion to help those in need. Then look no further than Gent4humanity! We require the best of the best for our front line volunteering projects. Nothing less will do, so if you think you're the one then you're welcome to apply and hopefully join the team on one day monthly trips to Dunkirk, which are always on a Saturday. But please be aware that if you are living too far away from Gent it may not be practical. Also, if you are living in another country please do not apply unless you are planning to move to Gent for study or work under your own steam. For more information and an application form please email in English to gent4humanity15@gmail.com

    We are always looking for volunteers with cars, translators, first aid and medical personnel, volunteers willing to give their support in distribution, and people who are mature and flexible. If front line volunteering doesn't appeal or isn't practical for you right now, we need you to help with the light packing of donations once a month for a few hours in Gent.

    We are waiting to hear from you if you are ready and willing to make a difference in the lives of those so desperate!!

    "It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.”— Dina Nayeri.



    Our volunteers are adaptable wherever they are.

    Care and Compassion is required from all our volunteers.

    Giving refugee children your time is the most precious gift. Photo taken In February 2020 before Lockdown.

    On the front line you never know what to expect. Always be prepared for the unexpected!

    Would you like to become part of our special front line team? Then please contact us by email at gent4humanity15@gmail.com to find out more. We are waiting to hear from you!

  • Video's@Gent4Humanity

    Another winter in Dunkirk. We filmed this on Saturday the 25th of November 2017. The hearbreak and desperation of the refugees is clear to see even in 2018

    Winter in Calais and Dunkirk. We filmed this on Saturday the 27th of January 2018. Another year, and nothing has changed except the number of desperate refugees has risen.

    Our trip to Paris in June 2018 was challenging but very worthwhile. Since then the tent camp in St.Denis has been taken down and many refugees are now displaced onto the streets of the city.


    GIVING URGENT FIRST AID IN DUNKIRK. Want to be involved? If you are a qualified first aider, or have a medical background please contact us for more information. We also take on first aid assistants. No experience needed. Just a willingness to help the team. 

    First aid with no frills attached!

    January 2021 means extra Corona measures in first aid.


    We expect our team to lend a listening ear when needed.

    Putting a smile on a refugee child's face.

    One of our volunteers and a very happy refugee child. Dunkirk

    A Priceless moment

  • Who we are

    A caring non profit organisation based in the heart of Gent Belgium

    Gent4Humanity makes it happen every month!


    Would you like to volunteer with us? Think you have what it takes to make a difference alongside our dynamic and international team of helpers? Interested? Please contact us via facebook or by email in English to





    Are you a First Aider?

    We need you!

    We are always needing people who are willing to treat refugees in the most challenging circumstances. Interested? Please contact us via facebook or by email.





    Dunkirk January 2020

    Our new distribution project. Alongside important items needed we are now distributing food items.




    Dunkirk January 2021

    We could not do this without our amazing volunteers!


    Co-founder, director and head coordinator Oliver Wright. 




    Co-founder, director and first aid coordinator Michelle Wright.




    Director and coordinator Tom Vandenhecke




    Director and


    Alex Karl




    Charity member and first aid coordinator Wilbert de Witte




  • Supporting refugees in Paris is sadly on hold due to Corona. But we will be back!




    FLASHBACK!! Our final trip as a large group to the Jungle camp was on Saturday the 8th of October 2016 when this iconic photo was taken. We all felt the end was coming. Tension was rising among the refugees. A few weeks later it was gone, but the crisis is far from over. Now in the winter of 2020, we are still doing what we can in Dunkirk, and Paris.


    True empathy is looking someone else in the eye and realizing you could be them, and that the only thing separating you is luck, and, in the case of a refugee, geography. First aid in the dark. November 2020

    Giving refugee children our time and attention is vital. Former volunteer Rebecca who returned home to the States was a great asset to the team.

    The end of the Dunkirk camp in 2017. Burned to the ground.......

    ~~~~To be in my shoes~~~~The refugee

    August 2017.
    A powerful and emotional new poem by one of our founders and coordinator Oliver Wright who has spent over 3 years helping refugees.
    "This is dedicated to all those I have sought to help in precarious and suffering circumstances. Thanks to all those who read and share."
    Today I smile because a God gave me another chance,
    I left to start again...
    My arms, my legs and my brain my luggage,
    As I began to miss my land, the sea behind me, freedom ahead somewhere.
    I only wanted to obtain what I couldn't find there. To face a new life is tough but, it's much harder having no future at all, seeing your loved ones starve.
    I never had anything that belonged to me, not even the hope of food and water...
    In your films you told me this was the land of bread and honey. What was I to do?. Put yourself in my shoes...
    Glorious dreams yet empty pockets,
    A hopeless ambition for a brighter tomorrow.
    Misery is bearable in company, I guess...
    Yesterday I envisaged a flag of peace fading,
    And I can still remember my mother faking having food in the kitchen.
    In some parts of the world pain is routinary,
    To be in my shoes, to hear my blues.
    Some avoid puddles, others minefields,
    Along the shore where my father died, the lighthouse illuminates my exodus from my motherland.
    Walk with me along the streets of acrimony,
    And you'll see values called illegal in miniature.
    To be in my shoes! Tell me, how do you feel?
    To be in my shoes! How are your neighbours doing?
    To be in my shoes! And with your fathers-in-law, huh?
    It's all the same... All the same...
    Do you think it's easy to avoid the police? Really?
    Do you know what it's like to have no papers?
    Do I ask too much when I ask a policeman to treat me as sir?, REALLY?,
    Tell me grandmother as you are among them,
    Which star shines the brightest for me?
    And how can I make them understand my nature, who I am?.
    Don't define us as 'boat people', and the boats you see on the news are real... Not just something on your TV.
    Behind the images are people you know?... The voyages painful..
    It's 2017... Put yourself in my shoes...


    Because of your donations we are able to help so many. A typical day in Dunkirk where men, women, children and babies spend their lives in tents with the bare minimum of essentials.

    Dunkirk January 2020. A small child caught up in a massive problem

    We keep wishing for a better future for so many. Please let them have it.

    Gent4humanity volunteers in Paris. A top front line team ready for anything.

    Because they care!

    Our "Talking Helps" support team in Dunkirk.

    Front line volunteers must be ready to take on the unexpected!

    We do our best to connect with refugees.

    The core concept of unconditional help


    First Aid emergency care is vital! Dunkirk team. 2019.

    Photo taken by our pro photographer and volunteer Alfonso Briceno

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