Massive Outpouring of Love (MOOL) is a humanitarian movement dedicated to helping people in need wherever they are, be that locally or across the globe; while ensuring that the human element of the situation is at the heart of all we do.
The movement was born in September 2015, initially as a way to humanise the refugee crisis through the writing and distributing of notes of support and hope, but it soon became much bigger than we could imagine and, before long, we were sending aid, funds and human kindness all around the world. It also became a catalyst for change, galvanising people to take action; educating and raising awareness, and helping them realise that they can facilitate change if they speak up and speak out.
Between September 15 and February 16 we collected and sorted over 40 tonnes of donations, then undertook the mammoth task of making the necessary connections and raising the funds to send these huge volumes of aid to those in need globally; we funded three caravans, two of which housed vulnerable families and a third which acted as a Dental Clinic in the camp to help those in pain; we sent funding directly overseas to buy supplies for community kitchens in Calais; helped fund a number of volunteers to go and help directly in Calais, Dunkirk and Lesvos; have spoken about the crisis (and subsequent media coverage) in schools, given training to multi agency groups, and raised awareness in the community through events and gigs. We have also helped welcome a number of refugee families to the area via the Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), and MOOL volunteers have trained and become befrienders to act as a buffer between the families and the bureaucracy, and help their transition to life in rural Scotland be as gentle as it can possibly be. We have also worked with refugee women and children who have come down from Glasgow to heal in the Scottish countryside.
MOOL want people who are displaced, including Refugees and Asylum Seekers, to be welcomed everywhere, and have consistent access to the resources, help and support they need to feel safe, healthy and able to thrive. We are encouraging Dumfries and Galloway to further develop diverse, inclusive and loving communities, where people of all ethnicities, (including Refugees and Asylum Seekers), are welcomed and integrated, and where we pull together to help all people in need. It’s also important to us that they have their voices heard and are fully considered when making plans for their support
Locally, we’d like to ensure people are educated about the specific needs of refugees, displaced people, asylum seekers and economic migrants and, as a result, have more positive attitudes towards them; see the beauty in diversity, inclusion and peace; experience fewer barriers between people of different ethnicities and faiths, and create more opportunities to interact positively together, as part of united, enhanced community.
MOOL became a SCIO in February 2016, and are delighted to be supported by both the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) and Foundation Scotland New Beginnings Fund, which will help us continue and expand the work we do. For a fledgling charity, this is a great honour and vote of confidence.
We held our first AGM on Thursday 11th May 2017. You can see the minutes of the meeting here. AGM Minutes 11.05.17