Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund

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Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund
Photo: OBAT Helpers Inc
Photo: OBAT Helpers Inc

Thank you for your generous gift to the Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund. Donations like yours continue to make a difference by helping to ensure Rohingya refugees receive medical care, food, psychosocial support, and protection from COVID-19 during the most challenging times. 

And for many Rohingya refugees, the past year was truly unimaginable. Between March 2021 and January 2022, two fires struck Cox’s Bazar. The fires killed at least 15 people and burned more than 11,000 refugees’ shelters along with COVID-19 treatment facilities. As media attention shifts among simultaneous crises across the world, the needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh can go unheard and unmet. That makes your donation all the more meaningful.

We recently made two additional grants to our trusted nonprofit partners working at the forefront of this crisis. Here is a short description of some of the critical work you’ve supported: 

HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh has expanded its health care services across the Kutupalong refugee camp and scaled up its youth sports initiative. It is also administering COVID-19 vaccinations to help protect refugees as the pandemic continues.

OBAT Helpers is serving Rohingya refugees across the Kutupalong camp network through food distribution, education programming for children, and basic healthcare services. Your donation also enabled the organization to dedicate efforts to refugees relocated to Bhasan Char, an island off the coast of Bangladesh.

Your support of the Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund powers these community-led responses, and it means Rohingya refugees get the critical resources they need. Thank you again for your generosity.

With gratitude, 

Kyra + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo: OBAT Helpers Inc
Photo: OBAT Helpers Inc

As COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh surpass 1 million, the government is jumpstarting its vaccine rollout. Around 3% of the population has been fully vaccinated. So far, that doesn’t include the Rohingya.

The Rohingya people in Bangladesh are coping with the pandemic and other disasters in their community nearly four years after more than 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee their homes and lives in Myanmar. They are still awaiting the time when they can safely return home. 

Thank you for supporting them through the Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund. Here’s a snapshot of how your donation is assisting Rohingya families and individuals living in refugee camps:

Curbing COVID-19 with care

Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s health facilities are serving Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and they haven’t closed for a single day—not even when the pandemic stretched their staff and resources thin. 

The Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh include the largest and most densely populated camps in the world. Social distancing and accessing water is difficult there, making measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 even more critical.

Gonoshasthaya Kendra, which has been working with Rohingya refugees since 1992, distributed PPE early in the pandemic and continues to provide medical support at local health facilities. As one of the largest health providers in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, the nonprofit has, to date, cared for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya. 

Offering relief where and when it’s needed

Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh is responding to emergencies affecting Rohingya refugees with mobile medical teams. 

Hope Foundation provides masks, soap, and other essentials for women and children, who make up the majority of the Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar. And when a fire swept through the district earlier this year, killing 11 people and displacing more than 45,000 as it destroyed swaths of the refugee camps, the nonprofit’s mobile medical teams responded with emergency assistance and relief supplies for survivors.

As the Rohingya population continues to face uncertainty and strives to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic, your contribution is fueling the local organizations that support them with emergency relief and ongoing care. Thank you for your generosity. We look forward to sharing more stories of how your donation is making a difference for the Rohingya.

With gratitude, 

Merinda + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: HOPE Foundation
Photo: HOPE Foundation
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Photo: OBAT Helpers
Photo: OBAT Helpers

After spending more than three years in refugee camps far from home, the Rohingya people will likely need to wait even longer to return to Myanmar after the recent military coup. Nurual Amin, a Rohingya refugee living in Bangladesh, told the Associated Press, Even if they try to repatriate us, we will not agree to go back under the current situation.” Thankfully, GlobalGiving’s partners in Bangladesh can continue supporting the Rohingya people thanks to generous donors like you. 

Preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • In Bangladesh, the HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh has given pregnant women, newborns, and fistula survivors—some of the most high-risk groups for COVID-19— plenty of masks, water purification tablets, and soap.
  • With the rise in COVID-19 cases, Friends of UNFPA quickly realized that many women living in the refugee camps were giving birth without doctors or the proper tools. They began a community transport system which brings women in labor to UNFPA health facilities so they can receive the treatment they need, without worrying about the coronavirus.  

Prioritizing refugees’ needs:

  • The  JAAGO Foundation is training teachers on how to keep students engaged with virtual learning to help students succeed as they dive into online education amid school closures.
  • OBAT Helpers is supporting students through caregivers as schools remain closed due to the pandemic. The childrens’ caregivers engage them in daily educational activities at home to keep them learning, even while they are out of school. OBAT also trained more than 600 caregivers on identifying and managing the symptoms of COVID-19! 

With the instability of the past month in Myanmar and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis taking a toll on the Rohingya people, your support is so appreciated. 

Thank you.

With gratitude, 

Shannon + the GlobalGiving team

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Photo: JAAGO Foundation
Photo: JAAGO Foundation

Though 2020 is coming to a close, its struggles are not, especially for the more than one million Rohingya refugees, many of whom are still living in Bangladeshi refugee camps three years after the initial crisis. Your support of the Rohingya community is more crucial—and more appreciated—than ever in these trying times. I’ll leave it to JAAGO Foundation founder Korvi Rakshand to share what it’s like to provide a safe haven for refugee children living in Bangladesh. 

What about JAAGO's work in support of Rohingya refugees are you most proud of? 

Every child deserves to have a normal life and a safe environment to grow up in. JAAGO is currently supporting almost 500 Rohingya children directly by providing them safe shelter and food, informal education and trauma management through play therapy. These kids had to go through severe trauma at an early age. They have seen so much cruelty and violence at a very young age. At least we could take a small step to help them and make them feel guarded. Even during the pandemic, we are trying to provide for them as much as we can. Three of our volunteers are working continuously with a group of eight to ten children so that they don’t feel alone. To be honest, there is a lot more to do, to take pride in..

In your view, how can donors best support Rohingya refugees? 

This is the time to get united. Given that many of our donors are facing financial issues themselves, it has been really difficult to get help from the outside, especially for children who are orphans; it's been a challenge even to provide them with nutritious food. We would really appreciate more help so we can appoint more people to come on board and continue our work maintaining social distancing. 

Since 2018, JAAGO has been able to support children in the Kutupalong refugee camp by boosting trauma management, cognitive understanding, social skills development, and conflict resolution, while also ensuring personal protection and proper hygiene. Thanks to your ongoing generosity, project leaders like Korvi are continuing to provide necessary aid to the Rohingya, making way for a better 2021. 

With gratitude, 

Shannon + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo courtesy of ActionAid
Photo courtesy of ActionAid

As we mark the third anniversary of the launch of our Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund, we can’t help but be in awe of everything that your generosity has cultivated. In August 2017, the Myanmar military escalated its persecution of the Rohingya minority population. This sparked the displacement of more than one million refugees, primarily to Bangladesh. Since then, you and nearly 1,700 others have given more than $400,000 to provide refugees with medical clinics, food, hygiene kits, and education. Your support is more crucial now than ever, as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout refugee camps, where practices like social distancing are close to impossible.

Three years of solidarity

In a huge step forward for human rights, the United Nations International Court of Justice voted unanimously in January to order Myanmar to take action in preventing genocide. The legally binding ruling requires the Myanmar government to ensure that military and police forces don’t commit genocide, preserve evidence of genocidal acts, and report back on its compliance. 

Despite advances in preventing further harm to the Rohingya population, more than one million refugees are still living in refugee camps. With Myanmar's borders closed due to the pandemic and limited action from the Myanmar government to ensure the possibility of a safe return home, Rohingyan survivors’ future remains uncertain.

Of the Rohingya refugees living in the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world, more than 50% are children. More than 300,000 children in the camp are missing out on an education, with 6,000 learning institutions in the camp closed and extremely limited internet access inhibiting remote learning. 

COVID-19 comes to Cox’s Bazar

With fifty confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cox’s Bazar, GlobalGiving partners are jumping into action:

  • BRAC USA is distributing hand washing devices, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and leaflets with prevention tips to keep residents safe. Their public health awareness campaign has already reached more than 700,000 people
  • The HOPE Foundation has set up two isolation units with 50 beds each to treat COVID-19 patients, one serving the camp itself and the other for the host community of Cox’s Bazar. 
  • Friends of UNFPA established a hand-washing system at each of their health clinics in the camp, where volunteers guide Rohingya patients in hand-washing and social distancing protocols. 
  • JAAGO continues to provide education remotely through radio and the internet, ensuring that among all of the changes brought by the pandemic, access to education isn't one of them. 

These days, solidarity is more important than ever  which is why we’re so grateful for your support in supporting the Rohingya people in their time of need. 

With gratitude, 

Shannon + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo courtesy of Concern Worldwide US.
Photo courtesy of Concern Worldwide US.
Photo courtesy of Friends of UNFPA, Inc
Photo courtesy of Friends of UNFPA, Inc
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