Thursday evening about 200 refugees, mostly women and children have been welcomed to the Sports Centre on campus Woudestein. In principal they will stay for 72 hours. The sports facilities on campus are closed for students and employees.
The City of Rotterdam is leading the efforts in coordination with the Erasmus University and professional aid organisations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
We are proud and extremely touched by the many initiatives from students, employees and neighbours who would like to contribute and participate! If you would like to help please check the following link (in Dutch) which will be updated with new information. If you would like to make a donation of clothes, stuffed animals or other toys, you are requested to deliver these at Leger des Heils, Coolhaven 118 Rotterdam.
If you would like more information about the situation of refugees in Rotterdam please contact the City of Rotterdam.
The refugees are free to leave the facilities and to wander around campus. The refugees will be supported by aid workers in the sports building for all their questions.
The Executive Board of the Erasmus University would like to thank all staff and volunteers that helped out to Make it happen! We are glad that our university can contribute.
Also read: Scholarship Fund for refugees.