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May 20, 2020

The Pandemic & the star-crossed Rohingya Kids

The Pandemic & the star-crossed Rohingya Kids
The Pandemic & the star-crossed Rohingya Kids

Since the ethnic cleansing started the Rakhine State of Myanmar in August 2017, around one million Rohingya has fled and overcrowded in camps of Bangladesh. This exodus has become one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world. The world media gave the incident widespread coverage, many heartfelt documentaries were produced, and many fact-finding missions and interviews of the victims were recorded. These will remain as a testimony for human history and evidence for the quest of justice in the coming days.

During this crisis, JAAGO took an initiative to help these Rohingya refugee children to develop their disturbed mental situation and introduced Safe Haven project where it helped to support 500 traumatized Rohingya children physically and mentally by providing them with a safe space where they can be engaged in regular childhood social experiences, learning, and emotional healing. To resolve the crucial situation of traumatized Rohingya children, the Safe Haven project aims to provide a chance to develop their motor skills and analytical skills as well as the space of expressing their feelings and experiences. It helps to develop the basic life-skills of 500 traumatized children through socio-emotional learning intervention strategy.

In order to achieve mental relief and a better standard of life, the Safe Haven designed two-hour sessions that include a 15-minute opening activity, 20-min freehand exercise, 70-minute games, and creative activity, and finally a 15-minute closing activity. Personal safety and hygiene lessons are a part of everyday activity. Today, through Safe Haven, these Rohingya children can sing, play, and learn for a little while and become a child again.

 

COVID-19: The fate of the Rohingya Community:

 The government enforced a nationwide lockdown on March 26 in an effort to check the spread of the disease. Despite the shutdown, the number of cases has risen sharply in recent days and the daily death toll and new infection number are increasing everyday. As of the western countries even after being developed, they are still paying a heavy toll.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, international aid organizations have been warning that an outbreak in the world's refugee camps could have catastrophic consequences. To prevent such a scenario, Bangladesh has largely sealed off the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. People are allowed to move in and out of the camp only when it is strictly necessary. Police have set up roadblocks and patrols to enforce the restrictions on public movement.

Being the largest refugee camp, As many as 60,000-90,000 people are jammed into each square kilometer, with families of up to a dozen sharing small shelters which is the biggest threat to the whole community. This is very unfortunate to find out that lately the novel coronavirus has been detected in one of the camps, according to officials. As a result of the confirmed case, more than 855,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in the camp and over 440,000 residents living in the immediate vicinity of the overcrowded camp now face the threat of being infected with the coronavirus.

But the light of hope is in recent weeks, aid has been preparing for an outbreak as best as they can. Medical personnel has been trained and isolation centers have been set up. A camp with 1,700 beds is planned and several hundred beds are already operational. There is an intensive care unit with ten ventilators.

The Safety of Safe Haven during Pandemic

Despite all the efforts, additional resources are needed to prevent a catastrophe. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, sanitary facilities in the camp were already inadequate, with many families sharing toilets and often long lines building up at access points to drinking water and washrooms. It is impossible to maintain physical distancing in the cramped accommodation. Under such conditions, rapid transmission of the virus is inevitable. But every time it comes to the Safe Haven Children, they have been aware of the hygiene. Although the access has been limited lately, our team is trying the best to stay updated with the kids and their families.

 

The Continuous Support of Food & Health

The Rohingya in Cox's Bazar have already suffered unspeakable trauma. Over time JAAGO has tried to provide them with nutritious food and immunize them with vaccination. Needless to say, the support we have received from all our partners and donor in this journey has been the main powerhouse for us to make the poor faces smile and growing them strong. Due to the new protocol by Government, it is being a challenge to reach there but still, government’s new directive protects “critical” services including health, nutrition, water, food, gas, hygiene, sanitation, waste treatment, identification of new arrivals, and “ensuring quarantine.”  Before this whole scenario appeared the Safe haven Children were receiving the proper balance diet and the education that was continuously being monitored by our team that the whole support system is helping these young minds grow. The Rohingya Refugee Response Committee assures that by the mid of June the education supplies and the curriculum shall reach the Rohingya children Through mobile, radio, and internet. This flames the blaze of hope that soon this whole situation will come to a structure, just the way the whole planet has adapted the “New Normal”.

 

Thank You Note

We are very grateful to the donors of this project as they are not only helping these young minds to germinate, but also paving a way for their better future. Our current activities still require a lot of support and we are on the way to develop the project even better. We have come a long way, but our ambitions are high and we aspire to build the capacity of these young migrant children and provide ventilation to them through the power of education and extra-curricular activities. We sincerely request our well-wishers and donors to keep supporting us. We hope you all stay safe with your nearest and dearest ones!

COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
The Safety of Safe Haven during Pandemic
The Safety of Safe Haven during Pandemic
The Continuous Support of Food & Health
The Continuous Support of Food & Health
Apr 21, 2020

The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School

The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School
The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School

One can only imagine the losses that could have been due to a fire breakout.

The day of 14th March, Saturday, started just like any other quiet weekend at our schools until a fire broke out at Rayer Bazar slum around 9 am. The flames quickly spread to adjacent areas. Large sections of the slum were completely destroyed. The fire also reached the JAAGO Foundation School at Rayer Bazar, burning 5 classrooms. Till now, we have learned that a huge amount of books, shelves, benches, desks, walls, rooftops along with the classrooms have been burned in the aggression of this horrifying fire.

The slum is also home to many of the students, whose homes were damaged in the fire on that horrific day like a nightmare. It is not still clear what caused the fire. We thank the Almighty that it was a holiday for the school and students were not present on the premises; otherwise, there could have been a serious number of fatalities.

We appeal to all our sponsors and well-wishers to stand beside us and our students in this time of need and provide assistance to us so that we can ensure that the children can get back to their homes and their classrooms as soon as possible. Your help and contribution will help these children and their families to go back on their feet.

 

A Search for New Prospect:

Right after the trauma of fire incident, the whole world faced the new trouble of COVID 19. The world currently is facing probably the deadliest infectious virus- COVID 19 or Coronavirus as we widely know it. Countries all around the world are taking necessary steps to combat this virus which has affected and taken thousands of lives. There is a deeper problem rooted in this we believe. Coronavirus spreads rapidly through community transmission and to avoid spreading the disease the Government of Bangladesh has declared closing down all educational institutions.

Since JAAGO Foundation has a major project called “Education Program” to bring the light of hope through education among 3500 underprivileged children across 11 schools in Bangladesh, In line with the government's request to close all schools, JAAGO Foundation schools were shut on 17th March 2020. Prior to the closure students were giving lessons on hygiene and preparedness for Coronavirus. We continue to stay in touch with the School communities around Bangladesh through SMS and phone calls. Many of the parents of these students are not able to work and as shops shut down and people are no longer using rickshaws the situation for them will get worse for them. During these difficult times, we have started a relief fund. This fund is helping the families of the students with food and essentials for families and most importantly support toward healthcare.

It is very hard to fight the unknown but we can definitely slow down the spread of the virus and the misery. We are fighting with an invisible force and it requires huge motivation, willpower, hands full of support and hearts filled with empathy to get things done during this crisis period. JAAGO Foundation is working solely to help the community in this crucial moment. We are also aiming to raise funds to distribute food and other precautionary items to day laborers, including slum dwellers.

Life before Pandemic:

The students from JAAGO have always been very fond of their school. The activities besides their academic syllabus fascinate them to be more attentive towards their studies. Followed by different events arranged by our partners and donors our students often get to be a part of many amazing experiences. These events and visits keep our students inspired to move ahead with their dreams of breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

Flight of Fantasy:

One of the major experiences that our students have earlier this year that one of the country’s leading private carriers gifted 20 students of JAAGO Foundation school with the experience of an exceptional pleasure trip called "Flight of Fantasy".

“Flight of Fantasy” took the children away from the hustle and bustle of Dhaka to the world’s longest unbroken sea beach in Cox’s Bazar. The delights continued with a visit hosted by Bangladesh’s biggest aquarium, Radiant Fish World authority only for the JAAGO students. Afterward, the children were taken to lunch and presented gifts before being flown back in the evening.

Friendly Football Match (JAAGO Vs AISD):

Following month the JAAGO Foundation School’s football team was invited to be a part of a “Friendly Football Match” arranged by the leading international school of the country AISD. Team JAAGO has sealed the match by 10-2 goals against the AISD middle school team.

A Day with AISD Service Learning Team:

Apart from this the AISD High School Service Learning team also invited our students to spend a day with them where the students got to play, explore and learn more about chemistry experiments and sports. The day was finished with a dinner where the bonding of friendship among the students was worth being observed.

Gratitude Note:

We are grateful to individuals, our NGO partners, corporates, donors and supporters for their generous support on the “Free of Cost School for Underprivileged Children” project. On behalf of all the students and parents who are related with JAAGO, we would like to express our heartiest gratitude. Without your contribution and support, our journey would not have progressed and prospered in changing the lives of these children who came from an economically disadvantaged background. We request you to continue your love by supporting this project of “Free of Cost School for Underprivileged Children”.

The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School
The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School
A Search for New Prospect
A Search for New Prospect
Flight of Fantasy
Flight of Fantasy
Friendly Football Match (JAAGO Vs AISD)
Friendly Football Match (JAAGO Vs AISD)
A Day with AISD Service Learning Team
A Day with AISD Service Learning Team
Gratitude Note
Gratitude Note
Mar 9, 2020

Equipping Bangladesh for the Global Challenges

Equipping Bangladesh for the Global Challenges
Equipping Bangladesh for the Global Challenges

Adequate nutrition is a prerequisite for attaining good health, quality of life, and national productivity. Undernutrition has been and continues to be a serious public-health problem in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is placed in the bottom 25% of the Global Hunger Index ranking, indicating that the country is expected to face a huge risk in the context of food price-hike. To cope with the high prices of food, alongside reducing portion-sizes, 22% of families also reduced health expenditure, which is likely to have impacted on health.

The diets of the majority people in Bangladesh like many other developing countries are usually dominated by staple foods such as rice, wheat and in some cases maize. High costs made healthy foods like vegetables and fresh fruits unaffordable to Bangladesh’s large number of consumers. However these are mainstream calculations of nutrition and ignore the food intake of the poor people which includes micronutrient foods such as fruits, leafy green vegetables, fish, egg, milk etc.

The prevalence of underweight among under-five children in 1989-1990 was more than 65%. Although it came down to 47% in 2000, little change has been observed since then. The annual rate of reduction in underweight required to achieve the nutrition target of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 is 1.36 percentage points while the current rate is 1.27 percentage points per year. This low rate of reduction in the prevalence of underweight makes it unlikely for the country to achieve the nutrition target of MDG 1. However, even if we achieve the target, the prevalence of underweight will still be unacceptably high. Furthermore, 43% of under-five children are still stunted that accounts for more than 0.5 million children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in Bangladesh. These children who are suffering from various forms and degrees of undernutrition are at a high risk of death or severe impairment of growth and development.

Hunger: Charity or Right

JAAGO is working towards breaking the cycle of poverty through education among thousands of underprivileged community children. Given the fact “Underprivileged”, these children and their family are unable to meet the challenge of their daily bread. Hence, the providing proper nutrition for their growth is an extreme luxury for them. As the statistics show that the price hike has an influence in the Bangladeshi food habit, it has an impact on JAAGO’s goal of feeding all the students belonging to all 11 schools across Bangladesh.

JAAGO works for the betterment in remote locations like Bandarban where the children come to school climbing 700ft hills. In areas like this food is the biggest motivation to bring the students to the school although most of us can’t even imagine the misery like them. Besides, the struggle of logistic challenges is real for of reaching out to these areas. Even after all these odds our students are provided with a weekly healthy meal with the support of donors and sponsors. At this point the kind support and donation from our supporters and well-wishers are the hopes of light to ensure the right of nutrition for the little beautiful souls. The two most constant donors of healthy meal for the students are “Thrive” and “Charity Right Bangladesh”. Among the 11 schools of JAAGO, Thrive provides weekly nutrition boost to Banani, Gaibandha and Dinajpur schools. On the other hand, Charity Right Bangladesh is supporting the JAAGO Rayer Bazar School. 

Spread love and laughter 

Often the well-wishers of JAAGO come to visit and share the warmth of their love with the students of JAAGO. In last few months among many of the donors the “Noor House” people spent a day with the students from Banani, Dhaka. They brought healthy snacks for all the students. Meanwhile, the service learning team from a very renowned school AISD, invited over the students at their campus. There they served a healthy meal for a day to the JAAGO students.

Thank You Note!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you on behalf of JAAGO Foundation for your contribution in fighting the poverty and achieving the right of nutrition for thousands of children in Bangladesh. Your contribution means a lot to us. The financial support from your side would help us in fulfilling our mission of ensuring a healthy generation for a better world. With the funds donated by you and other people, we would be able to transform the lives of many children and their families.We believe your kindness is equipping the JAAGO students to break the cycle of poverty in the best possible way.

We are really grateful for your support. The support from generous people like you is the reason for our survival. Our success is majorly dependent on the support that you people provide us. It’s because of you that we are able to deliver our best to the community.

Thank you once again for making our mission a success. We will look forward for your support in future as well!

 

Hunger: Charity or Right
Hunger: Charity or Right
Hunger: Charity or Right
Hunger: Charity or Right
Spread love & laughter
Spread love & laughter
Spread love & laughter:
Spread love & laughter:
Thank You Note!
Thank You Note!
 
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