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Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family

by World Concern
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Rescue a Rohingya Refugee Family
Your gift is helping girls heal from trauma!
Your gift is helping girls heal from trauma!

From emergency supplies to ongoing necessities to rebuilding lives, your gifts have helped Rohingya Refugee Families during the most difficult years of their lives.

Thank you for giving! 

Your compassion has made a huge impact. Because of you we were able to launch a second phase of work in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh this year, focused on helping the Rohingya people heal from trauma and empowering them for the future.

This year, you gave restorative nutrition to help little ones grow. Your gifts provided sports, English classes, sewing circles, and other activities to engage youth. And job skills training was given to equip men and women to gain a sustainable income.

Here are some of their words of thanks:

"If I learn this work, I can keep my children safe and sound. I can provide them education. God is giving us everything. God is feeding us. But He is doing this through His agents (Writer's note: You are His agent!)." -- a woman in the sewing program.

"I like going to sewing circle because I can speak freely with an open mind." -- a teenage girl.

"It is only when my hands are busy that I am able to begin to heal and enjoy life." -- many teenagers involved in our training programs.

Because of your generosity, Rohingya refugees who had everything taken away from them are now rebuilding and preparing for a bright future.

 

 

 

Thanks to you, Monsur is in school again!
Thanks to you, Monsur is in school again!
Your gift gave children a reason to play!
Your gift gave children a reason to play!
Thank you for helping Monsur heal from trauma!
Thank you for helping Monsur heal from trauma!

Because of you, Rohingya children are healing from the unspeakable trauma that forced them to leave their homes in Myanmar.

Thank you for giving!

One of these children is 14-year-old Monsur. He told us his story about fleeing from Myanmar:

“People were in the house and they set it on fire. You could hear them screaming. My cousins and I escaped and ran through a field. They were both shot as we ran. My legs gave out so I just kept crawling. From a hill I saw them cut my cousin’s heads off. I wanted to die with them.”

Then, somehow, Monsur found the will to live. He hid with his neighbors until the soldiers had left. Then he and others from his village hiked over mountains and swam across rivers with barely enough food or water to survive. Some of them died along the way. But Monsur and others made it to Bangladesh where they were settled in refugee camps.

Monsur’s life will never be the same. But you gave, and he received the necessities of survival. And as time went on, you kept giving. So now he and others have a chance to heal from the unspeakable trauma they’ve experienced.

Monsur and other children are finding reasons to live because you paid for teachers to educate them, teach them English, train them in job skills like sewing and bicycle repair, and organize sports clubs.

These day-to-day activities are a lifeline to children like Monsur who have lost everything and everyone important to them. Most of them were so afraid and deeply depressed that they spent every day hiding in their makeshift shelters.

Now, because of you, instead of being isolated, they are making friends and becoming teammates. Many tell us that it was only when their "hands were busy" that they were able to begin to heal and enjoy life again.

Thank you for providing safe places for youth to share their trauma and find healing. Thank you for bringing purpose to their lives in practical ways, and giving them a vision for their future. Now they have meaningful activities to fill their days and they want to live.

They are healing, because of you!

Because of you Rohingya children can play again!
Because of you Rohingya children can play again!
Your gift gives girls a safe place!
Your gift gives girls a safe place!
Thank you for helping Sajeda heal from trauma.
Thank you for helping Sajeda heal from trauma.

Because you gave, women like Sajeda in Rohingya refugee camps are healing from unbelievable trauma.

Sajeda will never forget the night armed men surrounded her home and forced her to come outside. She was nine months pregnant, but she ran with all her might when they began shooting. As she fled, she saw her uncle get shot and die right next to her, and many others fall to the ground.

“There was no time to cry,” Sajeda said. “I lost my words and I couldn’t eat or drink for three days. I was in shock.”

But that was only the beginning of her family’s 14 day journey to Bangladesh. Her children and husband had fled Myanmar separately and it took days before she knew they were alive. As she walked, she witnessed more of her people being burned alive and shot, and her two nieces swept away in a river.

“I wanted to grab them, but I couldn’t,” Sajeda said with tears streaming down her face. “I was already holding on to my own children, and I could not save them.”

Two years later, Sajeda still cannot forget the horrific things she witnessed while fleeing her home. But, thanks to you, she has a place to heal now. She is a member of a Sewing Club for women in the camp. Along with learning important skills there, she is sharing and weeping with other women. This is helping her move forward in life.

“I will forever be grateful to World Concern and the local people for their help,” Sajeda said. “By learning this skill I can work and provide for my family. Christians are here to support the suffering Muslims. It is directly from the hands of God that He sent them here to us. I will never forget them, even to the end of the earth.”

Thank you for giving Sajeda a safe place to heal from trauma and the skills she needs to take care of her family.

Hasan was born 6 days after Sajeda arrived in camp
Hasan was born 6 days after Sajeda arrived in camp
Sajeda shops in Kutupalong Refugee Camp.
Sajeda shops in Kutupalong Refugee Camp.

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You provided training and hope for teens!
You provided training and hope for teens!

When violence against Rohingya broke out in Myanmar, Senowara and her family fled for their lives through deep forest and hilly terrain, eating leaves from banana trees to stay alive. After 12 days, they made it to a refugee camp in Bangladesh where she now lives with her brother.

Senowara had no friends, was afraid to go outside her tent at the camp, and had little to eat. She felt hopeless and became very depressed. Then she heard about a World Concern sewing class for teenagers, and she joined. Every day from 8 a.m. to noon she learns how to sew. After that, the group meets for psychosocial support that helps the girls deal with the many challenges of refugee camp life. She has made many friends through this and is much happier.

Your gifts provided the class and group time that have given Senowara purpose and security. She is more confident and is reaching out to other teens in the camp. Additional trainings have taught her about hygiene and her living conditions have improved. And she is beginning to help other people by sharing her new knowledge.

Best of all, your gifts have enabled Senowara to start thinking beyond survival and plan for her future. She knows how to design and make clothing, and her dream is to earn an income with her own tailoring business. In addition, she longs for more opportunities to continue her education. She has a new sense of identity and pride because of the opportunities that belonging to the Sewing Group has given her.

Thank you for helping to save Senowara from depression and give her hope.

Your gift is feeding this little boy all he needs!
Your gift is feeding this little boy all he needs!

Thanks to you, nutrition clinics in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh are making sure moms and their littles ones receive the nutrition they need to be healthy. The clinics specifically help pregnant and lactating women, and children between 6 months and 5 years, in 3 underserved areas of the camp.

Mothers now have access to nutrition clinics that are supplementing the diets of 15,000 pregnant and lactating women, and children under age 5.

Research shows that in utero through the first 2 years of life are the most important for body and brain development, and long term health. Without proper nutrition during this time, children lack the nutrients their growing bodies and brains need to develop to their full potential. But when they eat food that includes all the protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats they need, it builds a foundation of health they can build on for the rest of their lives.  

Your gift is giving little ones what they need to eat to develop properly and have good health. This is an investment that will yield dividends for years to come!

In addition, your gift helps provide food for entire families, clean water for drinking, emergency shelter supplies, and hygiene products.

Thank you so much for giving!

 

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World Concern

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Cathy Herholdt
Seattle, WA United States

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