Collecting smartphones, chargers & SIM's for refugees in Calais

Every day, over a billion people around the world rely on their phones to stay connected. To lose your smartphone is to feel lost, disconnected and without information. For those hundreds of thousands fleeing war,  a smartphone can be a life line.

It’s a basic tool that means they can make a much needed call home. Access maps to find out where they are. Find information about what to do next, and what's going on in the world. A lot of the families and individuals coming to the refugee camps in Calais don’t have one. They’ve been lost, stolen or damaged on the way. 

Read: ‘The most crucial item that refugees carry is a smartphone’

This is a call to all London agencies and digital & tech companies to donate used or new smartphones and chargers. 
We are also looking for brands to partner with. In partnership with CalAidwe want to collect as many smartphones, chargers and SIMs from companies, brands and individuals in the industry and beyond.


How you can help

Donate smartphones

Donate any smartphones you have that are working and unlocked. Please erase data and please provide a working charger.

Whether you've got last years model sitting in your tech department, or if you want to donate new phones - 
every donation is meaningful.



SIM cards

We're also looking to get donations of SIM cards that don't charge for roaming in the Calais region - for example pay as you go SIM's from Lebara or 3

CalAid will top up the cards with donations.

If you want to donate SIMs drop us an email and we'll give you more information.

When? Where? 

UPDATE: our Soho Square drop off point is temporarily closed due to a fire in the building. You can still post your donation to us as the mail gets re-directed: Refugee Phones, 12 soho square, Ground floor, W1D 3QF London. 

Alternatively, please contact us to arrange a drop off/pick up.


CalAid's volunteers and organisations on the ground will distribute the phones in the Calais camps to refugee families and individuals in need of one. 

Get in touch

Please spread the word, and pass this information on to anyone: brands, companies or
private individuals,
you think can help.

A big thank you to our friends so far

Thank you for helping spread the message, donating phones and volunteering for the initiative.

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