Assessments at the Learning Center
This past August marked two years since the exodus of the Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh began. The Rohingya fled to escape persecution and genocide and sought safety and protection in Bangladesh. They settled in what is now known as the largest refugee camp in the world- the Kutupalong Camp. As the crisis unfolded on its doorstep, OBAT made a strategic decision to provide assistance in its immediate aftermath.
Two years later, OBAT continues to actively support Rohingya refugees. We can't change their past, but we are determined to help them change their future. Here are the different ways you helped us make a difference in their lives since you last heard from us:
OBAT's Digital Learning Program is Attracting Widespread Interest
OBAT was delighted to provide UNICEF representatives with a tour of the pilot digital learning program in Temporary Learning Center # 8! The children loved the visit to their unique learning space. UNICEF expressed great interest in this innovative teaching method. Many organizations are very interested in this pilot program and we are always happy to provide tours and information on this project. We are very proud of our digital learning program and partnership with Teach the World Foundation and intend to scale this project with the help of our supporters.
Visit by MIT Explored Possible Partnership with OBAT
Martha Thompson from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) visited OBAT's projects in the Rohingya refugee camps recently. Martha's visit was geared toward exploring a possible collaboration of MIT with OBAT in the Rohingya Camps. She is a humanitarian worker with a focus on gender and exclusion in crisis situations and has set up MIT Design and Innovation Labs in refugee settings earlier.
OBAT assisted Martha with the coordination of the needs assessment she was conducting in the Rohingya Camp. She was a lovely guest and was very grateful for the hospitality, translators and volunteers that OBAT provided to support her work.
Palliative Care Services Offered to Rohingya Refugees
OBAT is now offering palliative care, a service which greatly relieves the suffering of terminally ill patients, to the Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong Camp. No other organization is providing this essential service in the camp currently.Watch this video to see how OBAT is helping improve the lives of patients and their families.
UNICEF Provided Books for Rohingya Students
OBAT's Humanitarian Assistance Program for Rohingya refugees recently received new books from UNICEF. The books covered various subjects such as Burmese, Math, English, Life skills and Science. Some story books were donated as well. Besides the text and story books, UNICEF also donated teacher guides which will help teachers plan their lessons for the school year. Thank you to UNICEF for their generous contribution!
Palliative Care Training Educated Health Workers
To foster a better understanding of Palliative Care, training was provided to OBAT's Community Health Workers (CHW's) in the Rohingya camps. Community Health Workers go door to door to provide health care to patients who cannot travel to the clinic.
The training was conducted by Dr. Farzana and Dr. Anna. The objective of the training was to help the CHW's learn more about palliative care including how to deal with and help palliative care patients. Thank you to Dr. Farzana and Dr. Anna for providing the training to improve our health services.
Digital Learning Control Group Assessments in Action!
We are excited to grow our Digital Learning Program which is now running in TLC (Temporary Learning Center) # 4 of the Kutupalong Camp as well. The program was piloted initially at TLC # 8. In both the classes, initial assessments took place recently to determine the students' strength.
Visitors Enriched the Lives of Rohingya Refugees
Visitors always bring much joy whenever they visit. Recently, we had a few visitors who added a special touch to the lives of the camp residents. Marwa and Abeer were two young ladies who visited from Oman. They created a play area for the children in OBAT's clinic for Rohingya refugees. The children love to play in the otherwise somber environment of the clinic and the mothers enjoy the free child care too. Marwar and Abeer also visited several of OBAT's projects.
Mandy and Farhana were another two special volunteers who visited several of OBAT's projects: learning centers, clinics and empowerment centers for women. Mandy is a part-time astrologer who lives in the US and Farhana is a teacher from Singapore.
Thank you to all of them for giving their time and efforts and most of all, for making the camp residents feel loved and cared for.
Friends, we will keep sharing new updates with you as we continue to move forward.
September 27th marked 15 years to the day OBAT was formed as a nonprofit serving the destitute communities in Bangladesh. In August of 2017, OBAT took the lessons learned from the foundation it built, to address the Rohingya crisis. We are grateful to each one of you for helping us address this humongous crisis and for giving us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people in the Rohingya camps. Thank you for standing with us!
We look forward to sharing new updates and progress made a couple of months from now! Please share this project with your friends and families and encourage them to help the Rohingya community by spreading awareness or through financial support.
Our best to you,
Your OBAT Family.
Assessments at the Learning Center
Mandy and Farhana
Martha Thompson from MIT
Marwa and Abeer from Oman
Books from Unicef!
Palliative Care Training
Palliative Care Training- 2
UNICEF team with the children
Precious smile of a Rohingya child