EMERGENCY FOOD CROWDFUND UPDATE – Sunday 12th November 2017

Hi everyone! Thanks for the continued support for the men in the RPC.
Getting food in while authorities continue to try to block the men’s access to food, water and supplies remains a challenge, but deliveries of food and other supplies are still happening.

Thanks for donating and making this possible.

We are also now looking at trying to address two new problems.

The first is food for the men in the ELTC.

At the East Lorengau Transit Centre in the town (ELTC), the men are supposed to receive food packs and an allowance each week to live off.

However this is not happening. The men who have moved there in recent weeks are not receiving any allowance yet.

The food packs provided include one larger food pack with most of the week’s food items, and a smaller pack later in the week to top it up.

The men who have moved to the East Lorengau Transit Centre in town over the past few days have only received the smaller top up pack, which doesn’t contain the staples like rice or oil or any protein… and so even with the top up pack (milk, cereal, bread) they have not received sufficient food to last them until the next food packs are delivered this week.

The food packs, even when they receive both of them, are not enough to feed a man for a week, and they are expected to buy the rest of their food out of their allowance…except the men are not being paid an allowance yet. Men who have been in the transit centre for weeks are still waiting to be paid any of their allowance, and so are trying to get by just on these food packs.

So we are now looking into how we can get some food distributed to these men for the next few days, and how we can supplement the food packs for the men in the ELTC until their allowance starts and they can buy their own food.

The second issue is medication for the men.

In October, IHMS distributed a 28-30 day supply of the men’s medications and told them they would then have to sort out their own.

That supply of medications has now run out or will run out in coming days, leaving hundreds of men without their medication and with no way to pay for their own.

This is incredibly concerning to us and is a huge stress for the men.

So we are currently looking at ways that we can coordinate to get financial and logistical assistance for as many of the men as possible to access their medications.

Here is how you can help.

Funds for this purpose can be made into our ‘medical’ bank account (details here: https://giftsformanusandnauru.org.au/how-to-donate/ )

Or donations can continue to be made to this emergency crowdfund and we will allocate some funding from this for medications as able.

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