Apply to Join

Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund

by the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving
Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund
Photo by World Concern
Photo by World Concern

Monsoon season is quickly approaching in Bangladesh—lasting from June to October, it is expected to account for roughly 80% of the country’s yearly rainfall. The monsoon season will include powerful winds, torrential rainfall, and the potential for cyclones. Taken together, these risks will serve only to exacerbate the extreme challenges and poor living conditions facing the more than 900,000 Rohingya that continue to live in refugee camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Slow progress has been made in stabilizing the basic needs of the Rohingya living in the camps and settlements, but, even beyond the threats of the upcoming monsoon season, Rohingya refugees still find themselves in a very precarious environment and situation. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs explains that the “root causes of their plight in Myanmar have not been addressed and their future is yet uncertain.” For a more detailed overview of the enormous obstacles that continue to face Rohingya communities, you can read the latest situation report released in April by the Inter Sector Coordination Group, the overarching body that is responsible for organizing the international response to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

GlobalGiving’s partner organizations continue to work day in and day out to deliver lifesaving services and support to the Rohingya. Here are recent updates from several of our partners:

  • JAAGO Foundation is expanding its Safe Haven Project that provides trauma counseling services to Rohingya children through the use, for example, of color therapy. To date, the organization has worked with 500 children.

  • Friendship remains committed to providing a wide variety of services to Rohingya living within the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. As of May 2019, the organization has, among other accomplishments, installed more than 40 solar panels, built two maternity centers, distributed more than 12,000 hygiene kits, and installed nearly 200 hand-washing stations.

  • World Concern is continuing to provide relief and safe spaces for Rohingya families in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. You can read more about the recent story of Sajeda, a woman supported by the organization.

  • BRAC USA is working around the clock to prepare and protect Rohingya families from the impacts of the upcoming monsoon season. The organization has trained and deployed a team of 1,000 Rohingya community mobilization volunteers to conduct nearly 10,000 awareness meetings to prepare their community for the monsoon.

You and thousands of other GlobalGivers have raised more than $350,000 for our Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund and have helped make these stories of progress possible. Thank you for your generosity, and for choosing to support community-led organizations responding to this ongoing crisis.

Photo by BRAC USA
Photo by BRAC USA
Photo from Artolution
Photo from Artolution

The latest estimates say that more than 900,000 Rohingya people are now residing within Bangladesh as refugees, the vast majority of which are living in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. This represents more than 200,000 families unable to return home.

Previous discussions between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar regarding the safe and dignified repatriation of an initial group of 2,200 refugees to Myanmar have stalled. More troubling, a recent Reuters special report outlines how specific forces within Myanmar are setting in motion acts seemingly aimed at preventing Rohingya refugees from ever returning to the homes that they were forced to flee in the face of extreme violence. Hundreds of Rohingya settlements have been partially or completely destroyed, with homes or entire villages burned to the ground and bulldozed to make way for new settlements for other ethnic groups.

In the midst of these concerning developments and immense challenges, we are incredibly thankful for your generous support. GlobalGiving remains deeply committed to our nonprofit partners that are working tirelessly to assist Rohingya refugees. Our partners’ work and dedication is a consistent beacon of hope. Here are several highlights from their work in recent months:

  • JAAGO Foundation is continuing its Safe Haven Project (SHP) for Rohingya refugee children. At its core, SHP aims to provide a safe, child-friendly space for 500 children that have experienced trauma. Children are provided with psychosocial support, nutritious meals, and tailored learning programs.
  • Internews is partnering with several other organizations to provide a snapshot of feedback received from Rohingya refugees and host communities, in the form of a newsletter, to inform better planned and implemented relief activities that take into account community needs and preferences.
  • BRAC USA recently opened a two-story learning center in the Kutupalong camp. The center, incorporating Rohingya architectural traditions, will serve more than 250 Rohingya children. It will offer basic primary education for children aged 4-14, with an emphasis on learning through structured, play-based activities. The curriculum focuses on basic math, science, and literacy in Burmese and English, as well as life skills, physical play, rhymes, and stories.
  • Artolution has lead several community-based public art projects, including murals across the Kutupalong camp, to creatively engage with Rohingya children. The projects seek to stand as a testament to the resiliency of the residents of the camp despite their displacement.

As we continue into 2019 together, we thank you again for standing up for the Rohingya people.

Warmly,
Chase Williams + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from JAAGO Foundation
Photo from JAAGO Foundation
Photo from BRAC USA
Photo from BRAC USA

The end of August marked one year since more than 700,000 Rohingya people from western Myanmar were violently driven from their homes and their country. Facing coordinated, systematic, and brutal military attacks, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families fled into Bangladesh. The Kutupalong settlement in Cox’s Bazar formed almost overnight. It is now the largest and most densely populated refugee camp in the world.

Hardship and uncertainty are daily realities for the Rohingya who now find themselves in an unfamiliar country, in crowded and risky conditions. The monsoon season in Bangladesh is now in full swing, which has made living conditions in the Kutupalong settlement and adjacent camps all the more treacherous. The risk for cholera and other infectious disease outbreaks is high in the camps, where there is a shortage of toilets and safe drinking water.

GlobalGiving donors have answered the call to help Rohingya refugees over the last year, making it possible for the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving to be a reliable partner to community-led nonprofits addressing some of the most urgent needs in and around Cox’s Bazar. As the political leaders of Bangladesh and Myanmar struggle to arrange for the safe, secure, and dignified return of the Rohingya people to their country, GlobalGiving and its partners remain committed to working hand in hand with Rohingya people.

Here is a closer look at how your donations to the Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund are making a difference:

Protecting mothers and children

Dr. Iftikher Mahmood was born and raised in Cox’s Bazar. And he’s now determined to help Rohingya mothers and children stay healthy. His nonprofit, HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh, operates a hospital, health centers, and a small fleet of ambulances in Cox’s Bazar. When Rohingya refugees were pushed from their homes into refugee camps, it was a natural fit for the organization to provide lifesaving maternal care in the Kutupalong settlement and nearby areas. The foundation serves more than 1,500 Rohingya patients every day. “We have been there for a long time, and have a solid team of dedicated, passionate people who moved very quickly. We know the community, the local people, and the language,” said Dr. Mahmood. “No one else is doing what we’re doing — maternal health, building a maternity hospital, training midwives — we have a huge responsibility to stay engaged.”

Delivering critical humanitarian information

Bala-bura means “good-bad” in Rohingya. In conversation, it’s similar to saying “how are you—good or bad?” in English.

The phrase is also the name of an audio program for Rohingya refugees.

A team of 20 Rohingya refugees produces the program in partnership with Internews. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing Rohingya refugees with reliable access to lifesaving information. Rumors and misinformation spread quickly in the camps, where tensions between refugees in cramped, dirty conditions, as well as between refugees and Bengalis, can easily flare.

The refugees who produce Bala-Bura address issues in the camp, like how to deal with monsoon season and interview fellow refugees pass along their concerns to humanitarian organizations.

“I feel happy that you ask how I’m doing. I don’t get to share my thoughts and ideas often,” a Rohingya mother of seven recently told Internews.

Bala-Bura is one of several information-sharing programs that Internews is working on. They also distribute a paper bulletin to keep data flowing in the camps and fund a radio program that brings together 12 correspondents—half of whom are Rohingya, half of whom are Bangladeshi—to discuss issues affecting refugees and host communities.

At this one year mark and into the future, thank you for your continued support to the Rohingya people.

 

Warmly,
Chase Williams + the GlobalGiving Team



Photo from ActionAid USA
Photo from ActionAid USA
Photo from Internews
Photo from Internews
Photo from Friendship
Photo from Friendship

Monsoon season is fast approaching, and in the area around Cox’s Bazaar on the southern tip of Bangladesh, where the nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar and are living in makeshift camps, there is an enormous risk of flooding and landslides.

The Rohingya “mega-camp,” now the largest refugee camp in the world, is particularly vulnerable to these natural hazards, given it was rapidly constructed, mostly of bamboo and tarpaulin, on steep hillsides that were deforested quickly to accommodate the massive influx of refugees. Reports estimate that up to 200,000 Rohingya are at risk from the projected impacts of the upcoming months of heavy rainfall.

In the face of this looming disaster and the immensity of the other challenges facing the Rohingya, our nonprofit partners continue to push forward with their critical work. GlobalGiving is supporting three new projects run by our partners:

  • Friendship is training Rohingya households and Rohingya community leaders in erosion control techniques and providing soil-appropriate, fast-growing seeds and saplings.
  • HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh is fully equipping a new operating room in the organization’s field hospital located in the camps, primarily serving Rohingya women.
  • Internews is scaling up critical humanitarian information sharing services, feedback mechanisms and systems, and fact-checking services that are easily accessible to all who are living in the camps.

Thank you for your continued dedication to Rohingya refugees during this time of immense need. With more than 1,500 donors to the Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund, our nonprofit partners are able to continue making a tangible impact in the lives of so many.

Warmly,
Chase Williams + the GlobalGiving Team



Photo from OBAT Helpers
Photo from OBAT Helpers
Photo from BRAC
Photo from BRAC
Photo from HOPE Foundation
Photo from HOPE Foundation

It has been nearly five months since the beginning of the mass exodus of Myanmar’s Rohingya population in the face of targeted violence and persecution. To date, more than 650,000 Rohingya have fled their homes and villages in the Rakhine State of western Myanmar to make the perilous journey across the border into Bangladesh in search of safety.

The vast majority of refugees now find themselves in makeshift camps and settlements in southeastern Bangladesh, largely in and around the city of Cox’s Bazar. Relief groups, including our partners, have now established a foothold in many of these camps and settlements and are working extremely hard to meet basic needs.

The challenges facing Rohingya refugees are enormous. More than half of all refugees are women and children dealing with specific types of trauma, including having seen family members killed and/or victimized by sexual and gender-based violence. Families and unaccompanied minors remain in a state of constant uncertainty as Bangladesh and Myanmar discuss plans for repatriation—which could take more than 10 years. There are also new risks, like the threat of human trafficking from those who would further exploit the vulnerability of the Rohingya.

Your donations continue to support the relief efforts of our vetted nonprofit partners who are working hand in hand with Rohingya refugees to meet basic needs, provide critical information, and set up learning centers for children. Your support has helped to fund:

  • HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh: Purchasing and converting a full-sized van into a fully-equipped ambulance and emergency evacuation vehicle to transport Rohingya patients with especially critical injuries and illnesses to HOPE Foundation’s nearby operating hospital.
  • OBAT Helpers: Building and running eight learning centers for Rohingya children and providing training for local Rohingya teachers.
  • Internews: Identifying and training a team of bilingual Community Correspondents from the local and Rohingya-speaking communities to produce and share high-quality communication materials and critical humanitarian information in the Rohingya language.
  • ActionAid International: Providing critical supplies and services to Rohingya women and girls in need, including menstrual hygiene kits and the creation of safe spaces for women to receive psychological and trauma counseling.
  • World Concern: Providing emergency hygiene and sanitation kits to families, as well as supporting the fortification of shelters within camps.

For a first-hand perspective on relief efforts in Cox’s Bazar, be sure to read our in-depth profile of Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, a Bangladeshi-American pediatrician who founded HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh in 1999 to meet the maternal healthcare needs of his home community and is now caring for injured Rohingya refugees.

We will continue to share stories of progress with you in the coming months. From all of us at GlobalGiving, thank you for your generosity, your compassion, and your commitment to standing with the Rohingya people.


Warmly,
Chase Williams + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from World Concern
Photo from World Concern
Photo from OBAT Helpers
Photo from OBAT Helpers
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

GlobalGiving

Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @GlobalGiving
Questions about this project? Contact us
$380,368 raised of $1,000,000 goal
 
2,422 donations
$619,632 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser
Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving

When a disaster happens, we can quickly send funds to the local organizations that are best-suited to drive relief and recovery.

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.