Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children

by JAAGO Foundation
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Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Safe Haven for Rohingya Refugee Children
Help Refugee Children Get Education
Help Refugee Children Get Education

Education is a privilege everyone deserves, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, or religion. That is exactly what the JAAGO Foundation aims to do all across the country. JAAGO’s Safe Haven Project for Rohingya children targets to help 500 distressed children through better education facilities, trauma management, emotional healing, and development.

 

These Rohingya refugees faced chaos and suffering, being forced to flee from their own country to Bangladesh, leaving everything they knew behind. Their identities were lost as they settled down in a different place, different country, with unknown people. Nothing remained of their past lives except for haunting memories. Still, flickers of hope were reignited once more when they got the opportunity to educate their children and help them overcome their troubles- through the Safe Haven Project. 

 

At Chitttagong’s Kutupalong Refugee Camp, hundreds of small children have post-traumatic stress disorder after having to experience extreme violence and atrocity at a very young age. They are victims of neglect, abuse, and trauma that has emotionally and physically scarred them severely. To help them overcome these battles, the Safe Haven Project launched several initiatives to support them in healing quicker. 

 

The Safe Haven Project provided them aid to conquer their mental and physical difficulties and improve their lives through better hygiene, protection, nutrition, care, love, and clear communication with professionals.  For them, it was a prospect of a brighter future, the defeat of the battles of their past, and the freedom to dream. With the help of the project and our volunteers, these inspiring and determined children have finally found a safe sanctuary where they could dare to dream.

 

With daily activities, games, learning courses, and interactive sessions, the young children got a chance for their well-deserved education and an experience of how everyday life feels like. These subjugated people have been provided with better medical facilities, food distribution, protection, and education and are gradually improving. The greatest gift for JAAGO Foundation is seeing the bright smiles of the people who have suffered for so long.

 

Although all the learning centres are closed right now, the Sesame Street Organization has taken the initiative to provide us with various posters to display on the centres’ walls to raise awareness of the situation at hand. This content will allow children to have an exciting and visual learning experience about the Coronavirus and create COVID awareness among them. 

 

Today we see ourselves standing in a place where everyone’s lives have changed drastically, and the future remains uncertain, especially for the Rohingya refugees. 

They are now faced with another severe crisis that threatens to crush them again- COVID-19. As the global pandemic is raging on, the second wave of COVID-19 in Bangladesh remains a national concern. Consequently, due to the overcrowding situation at the camp and the threat of the virus spreading, the learning centres have been closed since the beginning of the pandemic, with food distribution and medical services being the only facilities available. Nevertheless, we have remained in contact with the refugees and our students to ensure that they are safe and healthy in the midst of this hardship.

 

Throughout our journey with the Safe Haven Project, we have been tirelessly supported by various organisations and individuals. We believe that we can soon get back with our students to start teaching them again. Today, we hope that you can also help us by contributing to this cause for the better future of the Rohingya refugees who have struggled so much but have never given up. 

Awareness Posters by Sesame Street
Awareness Posters by Sesame Street
Learning contents on the walls of learning centres
Learning contents on the walls of learning centres
Children Hopes to Go back to School
Children Hopes to Go back to School
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
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Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge

Since their arrival in Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees faced new challenges – floods, landslides, severe storms and now, they are fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. 


“My family had a beautiful house which had some land, livestock and a beautiful pond”
, says ten-year-old Raja*. His family left all this behind and rebuilt their lives in a refugee camp far from home. At the Safe Haven project by JAAGO Foundation, this is the first time he has received any education and training since his family fled to Bangladesh. Before the pandemic, Raja used to play with his friends in the play zone and learn their lessons together. He also enjoyed and learned a lot from the personal protection activities and proper hygiene lessons.     


But since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, all the learning centres were closed. We had to suspend all the activities except food distribution and medical facilities. However, we have been in touch with our students and ensured everyone is safe and staying in their house. 

 

This year, we were making preparations to open our Learning Centers, but we had to stop everything again due to the second wave of the pandemic, as we couldn't; risk the lives of these beautiful children. But we are tracking our students and their well-being through our Rohingya volunteers. They are helping us as much as they can.   

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new threat to these overcrowded conditions. With your support, we are trying to ensure that all Rohingya children are supported with the holistic care needed to return them to a sense of normalcy and ensure that they can thrive.

 

Thank You Note

We are very grateful to the donors of this project for supporting the young minds to give them a better future. We have come a long way, but there is a lot to be done still. This journey couldn't have been possible without our patrons, NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the path of fulfilling this dream. Thank you for your generous support of our Safe Haven Project, which has been able to put a smile on the faces of 500 Rohingya children. We would love to express our appreciation on behalf of them. Our current activities still require a lot of support, and we are on the way to developing the project even better. So we sincerely request our well-wishers and donors to keep supporting us. We hope you all stay safe with your nearest and dearest ones!

*Names have been changed to maintain confidentiality.

Life before Coronavirus Pandemic
Life before Coronavirus Pandemic
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Safe Haven
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Education for Everyone

At the beginning of 2018, JAAGO introduced the Safe Haven project where it helped to support 500 traumatized Rohingya children physically and mentally by providing them with a safe space where they can be engaged in regular childhood social experiences, learning, and emotional healing.

 

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, all the learning centers were closed. All the activities were suspended except food distribution and medical facilities. But we have been in touch with our students and made sure everyone is safe and staying in their house. We started collecting data and making a plan to implement Telephone education in the camp.

 

Our government has already enabled a 3G/4G network there. So now we are planning to introduce an online teaching-learning process over there after getting approval from RRRC. This process is safe, cost-effective, easy to implement, and has a great monitoring system developed by JAAGO. But in order to introduce this interactive, blended online teaching-learning process over the camp, we need to digitize our learning centers first. 

 

Currently, our Project Officer is getting Master Training in Online teaching-learning process and assessment. Later the Project Officer will train our teachers on online modality. And we are still in communication on how we can start the teaching-learning process again in the camp.

 

This journey to provide Rohingya children with a safe abode couldn't have been possible without our NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the path of fulfilling this dream. Thank you for your generous support and for putting a smile on the faces of 500 Rohingya children. We would love to express our appreciation on behalf of them. Our current activities still require a lot of support and we are on the way to developing the project even better. So we sincerely request our well-wishers and donors to keep supporting us. Your help and support have always inspired us to move forward and do better.

An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
Education for the Refugee Rohingya Children
Education for the Refugee Rohingya Children
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
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An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile

The Rohingya crisis is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of this century. The government of Bangladesh has already taken many initiatives to secure the lives of one million Rohingyas who have been staying here as refugees for the past three years. Amid all this chaos, maybe we are forgetting that a whole new generation of Rohingya children has been missing out on their childhood. They have hardly got any incentives for a good life, let alone education facilities. For introducing them with a better childhood, JAAGO Foundation started its Safe Haven Project (SHP) for Rohingya children back in 2018. JAAGO has always visioned of a better tomorrow, where every child will get a chance to fulfill their colorful dreams, no matter what background they come from.

The Safe Haven Project aims to provide these disenfranchised children with a safe abode, where they can heal from the trauma of this genocide, where they can experience a normal childhood; where they can participate in various social activities & learning processes.

 

Who are the Rohingya people?

The Rohingya are an ethnic group from Myanmar, the majority of whom are Muslim, unlike the other Burmese people, who mostly practice Buddhism. They lived in the northern part of the Rakhine State for generations. In the 2014’s census in Myanmar, they were not officially recognized as an ethnic group and hence are not eligible to call themselves as the citizens of Myanmar. 

As their legal rights were clearly declined by the state, gradually they became subject to different types of exploitation & abuse such as human trafficking, child labor, child marriage, gender-based oppression, etc. In August 2017, the armed conflict ensued in the Rakhine state, which ultimately turned into a massive genocide and forced the Rohingya to leave their motherland to save their lives.



Rohingya Children: Scapegoats of this crisis

Rohingya children are described as some of the most marginalized on the planet. Approximately half of a million are children in the refugee camps, who have already witnessed a ruthless genocide in such an early stage of their life. Many of them came here alone, witnessing the murder of their dear ones right before their eyes. They were severely traumatized and were in need of immediate medical attention. Later various organizations came forward to help these children heal from their bloody experience. JAAGO’s Safe Haven Project had a similar motive as well.

75% of the newborns are delivered in unsafe and unsanitary shelters. Most of the children suffer from communicable diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory infections. Acute malnutrition and lack of proper medications are some of the obstacles there to a healthy generation. Most of them are deprived of access to formal education or vocational training and are subject to neglect, abuse, sexual violence, early marriage, etc. These children need your constant love and support to move forward and have a normal life, which Safe Haven is committed to providing them with.

 

JAAGO’s Contribution: The Safe Haven Project (SHP)

Back in 2018, JAAGO felt the importance of creating a safe platform for Rohingya children, suffering from the acute post-traumatic stress disorder. And that’s how the Safe Haven Project started its journey. Now it is providing support to 500 children in Kutupalong camp, where there are 244 boys and 256 girls. This project consists of carefully designed learning processes, suitable for kids living amid such crises and proper counseling to alleviate or counteract post-traumatic stress disorder.

This project focuses on boosting trauma management, cognitive understanding, emotion regulation, social skills development, conflict resolution, and diligence. Ensuring personal protection and proper hygiene lessons are also part of day-to-day activities.

Safe Haven also provides these children with counseling to support their different psychological needs. The goal is to make them feel safe and become a child again. A counselor visits the camp once in a month to have private sessions with the children. Also, local Rohingya staff have been employed to engage with them.

 

Safe Haven Project during this Pandemic

For the last 5 months, all the learning centers were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kutupalong camp was sealed off and all the activities were suspended except food distribution and medical facilities. But our teachers have been in touch with their students and made sure everyone is staying safe. Currently, we are collecting data and making a plan to implement the ‘Tel-Ed’ program into the camp.

Our government has already enabled a 3G/4G network there. So now we are planning to introduce an online teaching-learning process over there after getting approval from RRRC. This process is safe, cost-effective, easy to implement, and has a wonderful monitoring system developed by JAAGO. But in order to introduce this interactive, blended online teaching-learning process over the camp, we need to digitize our learning centers first. 

Our partners and donors previously helped us provide nutritious food to the refugees and immunize them with vaccination. So we are hopeful that you will extend your helping hand this time as well, to resume our educational activities under this program.

 

Gratitude Note

The goal of our project is to provide the Rohingya children with a safe abode, where they can experience a normal life again with the help of proper counseling and quality education. This journey couldn't have been possible without our patrons, NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the path of fulfilling this dream. Thank you for your generous support to our Safe Haven Project, which has been able to put a smile on the faces of 500 Rohingya children. We would love to express our appreciation on behalf of them. Our current activities still require a lot of support and we are on the way to developing the project even better. So we sincerely request our well-wishers and donors to keep supporting us. Your help and support have always inspired us to move forward and do better.

An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
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The Pandemic & the star-crossed Rohingya Kids
The Pandemic & the star-crossed Rohingya Kids

Since the ethnic cleansing started the Rakhine State of Myanmar in August 2017, around one million Rohingya has fled and overcrowded in camps of Bangladesh. This exodus has become one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world. The world media gave the incident widespread coverage, many heartfelt documentaries were produced, and many fact-finding missions and interviews of the victims were recorded. These will remain as a testimony for human history and evidence for the quest of justice in the coming days.

During this crisis, JAAGO took an initiative to help these Rohingya refugee children to develop their disturbed mental situation and introduced Safe Haven project where it helped to support 500 traumatized Rohingya children physically and mentally by providing them with a safe space where they can be engaged in regular childhood social experiences, learning, and emotional healing. To resolve the crucial situation of traumatized Rohingya children, the Safe Haven project aims to provide a chance to develop their motor skills and analytical skills as well as the space of expressing their feelings and experiences. It helps to develop the basic life-skills of 500 traumatized children through socio-emotional learning intervention strategy.

In order to achieve mental relief and a better standard of life, the Safe Haven designed two-hour sessions that include a 15-minute opening activity, 20-min freehand exercise, 70-minute games, and creative activity, and finally a 15-minute closing activity. Personal safety and hygiene lessons are a part of everyday activity. Today, through Safe Haven, these Rohingya children can sing, play, and learn for a little while and become a child again.

 

COVID-19: The fate of the Rohingya Community:

 The government enforced a nationwide lockdown on March 26 in an effort to check the spread of the disease. Despite the shutdown, the number of cases has risen sharply in recent days and the daily death toll and new infection number are increasing everyday. As of the western countries even after being developed, they are still paying a heavy toll.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, international aid organizations have been warning that an outbreak in the world's refugee camps could have catastrophic consequences. To prevent such a scenario, Bangladesh has largely sealed off the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. People are allowed to move in and out of the camp only when it is strictly necessary. Police have set up roadblocks and patrols to enforce the restrictions on public movement.

Being the largest refugee camp, As many as 60,000-90,000 people are jammed into each square kilometer, with families of up to a dozen sharing small shelters which is the biggest threat to the whole community. This is very unfortunate to find out that lately the novel coronavirus has been detected in one of the camps, according to officials. As a result of the confirmed case, more than 855,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in the camp and over 440,000 residents living in the immediate vicinity of the overcrowded camp now face the threat of being infected with the coronavirus.

But the light of hope is in recent weeks, aid has been preparing for an outbreak as best as they can. Medical personnel has been trained and isolation centers have been set up. A camp with 1,700 beds is planned and several hundred beds are already operational. There is an intensive care unit with ten ventilators.

The Safety of Safe Haven during Pandemic

Despite all the efforts, additional resources are needed to prevent a catastrophe. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, sanitary facilities in the camp were already inadequate, with many families sharing toilets and often long lines building up at access points to drinking water and washrooms. It is impossible to maintain physical distancing in the cramped accommodation. Under such conditions, rapid transmission of the virus is inevitable. But every time it comes to the Safe Haven Children, they have been aware of the hygiene. Although the access has been limited lately, our team is trying the best to stay updated with the kids and their families.

 

The Continuous Support of Food & Health

The Rohingya in Cox's Bazar have already suffered unspeakable trauma. Over time JAAGO has tried to provide them with nutritious food and immunize them with vaccination. Needless to say, the support we have received from all our partners and donor in this journey has been the main powerhouse for us to make the poor faces smile and growing them strong. Due to the new protocol by Government, it is being a challenge to reach there but still, government’s new directive protects “critical” services including health, nutrition, water, food, gas, hygiene, sanitation, waste treatment, identification of new arrivals, and “ensuring quarantine.”  Before this whole scenario appeared the Safe haven Children were receiving the proper balance diet and the education that was continuously being monitored by our team that the whole support system is helping these young minds grow. The Rohingya Refugee Response Committee assures that by the mid of June the education supplies and the curriculum shall reach the Rohingya children Through mobile, radio, and internet. This flames the blaze of hope that soon this whole situation will come to a structure, just the way the whole planet has adapted the “New Normal”.

 

Thank You Note

We are very grateful to the donors of this project as they are not only helping these young minds to germinate, but also paving a way for their better future. Our current activities still require a lot of support and we are on the way to develop the project even better. We have come a long way, but our ambitions are high and we aspire to build the capacity of these young migrant children and provide ventilation to them through the power of education and extra-curricular activities. We sincerely request our well-wishers and donors to keep supporting us. We hope you all stay safe with your nearest and dearest ones!

COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
COVID-19 : The fate of the Rohingya Community
The Safety of Safe Haven during Pandemic
The Safety of Safe Haven during Pandemic
The Continuous Support of Food & Health
The Continuous Support of Food & Health
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