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.
Chase Williams + the GlobalGiving Team
Photo from JAAGO Foundation