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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.
Chase Williams + the GlobalGiving Team
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