The Rohingya refugee crisis is unprecedented, more than half a million vulnerable people have crossed into Bangladesh and are living in tents without food, clean water or health care. OBAT is leading an alliance of local volunteers & executing a relief program to assist the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with their immediate needs. Known as the Humanitarian Assistance Program, this alliance is focusing on providing immediate need items, medical care as well as safe learning spaces for children.
The Rohingya crises has reached unimaginable proportions, with the crimes against this ethnic minority in Burma, surmounting others in the extent of their brutality. As this population seeks refuge in camps in Bangladesh, it needs immense help for basic needs. According to the UNDP, since August 25th, about 400,000 have crossed into Bangladesh. Sixty percent of this group consists of young children and some of these children are orphans.
OBAT's current relief strategy will address medical, nutrition and emergency needs by: 1. Providing families with emergency kits (dry food, first aid, sanitary and hygiene products, basic essentials like plastic cups and other daily use items). 2. Providing freshly cooked baby food on a daily basis. 3. Stationary medical camps with full time general physicians, pediatricians, OB/GYN specialists and therapists. 4. Set up 100 learning centers for 10,000 kids.
Due to this project, the Rohingya refugees will be able to overcome the initial barriers that a newly arrived refugee, bereft of any personal possessions or resources, in a new country faces. They will get access to healthcare and food that they need to the extent that they are able to be in a stable condition and focus their efforts on finding employment and making Bangladesh their new home. It is hard to say at this early stage how many ppl will eventually be affected by the aid OBAT extends.