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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
May 20, 2020

The Pandemic & the star-crossed Rohingya Kids

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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JAAGO Foundation

Location: Dhaka - Bangladesh
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Korvi Rakshand
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Dhaka, Banani Bangladesh
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