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Project Report | Aug 12, 2020
Hope is Always Around

By Saima Hassan | Director of Development & Communications

Meat Distribution on Eid-ul-Adha
Meat Distribution on Eid-ul-Adha

Dear Friends,

It is August already! Seems like summer had just started. We all have been living through a challenging period and many are experiencing feelings of weariness brought on by the pandemic. Amid all this, hope is always around and we are glad to share some positive news about happenings at our Rohingya project that have taken place since April.

Here you go…

OBAT’s Clinic- a site of WHO’s immunization Program

OBAT’s health clinic in the Rohingya camps was selected by the WHO (World Health Organization) as one of the sites for hosting its immunization program. OBAT has now been offering an expanded immunization program in collaboration with WHO since July 11th. At present, 8-10 children and pregnant women are being vaccinated daily. This number will be increasing gradually over time.

 

Infant Kits Empower Rohingya Refugees

Bee Humble is a US based nonprofit focused on providing relief to refugee communities. In partnership with OBAT, Bee Humble ran a small pilot project to provide infant kits/cribs to the female beneficiaries of the OBAT Rohingya Clinic. 25 units of the kits were made as a pilot. The kits contained items such as baby clothes, baby mattresses, mosquito nets etc. The project has served as a tool for empowering Rohingya refugees as the bamboo cases for the cribs are made by them. All sewing work is also done by Rohingya women who have earlier received training from OBAT’s Women Empowerment Center. The pilot phase of the project finished in July and is expected to continue with further support from Bee Humble.

 

Two Eid Celebrations!

Since April, the Rohingya refugees have celebrated two main religious festivals. On the first one, Eid-ul-Fitr, (observed at the end of the holy month of Ramadan), OBAT facilitated a large food distribution in the Rohingya Camp, thanks to generous donations from partner organization, Refugee Crisis Foundation. Hundreds of Rohingya families benefitted from food packages that will last each family a couple of weeks. Food packages were also gifted by Mr. Fayyaz who has previously visited and volunteerd in our Rohingya program.

The second festival, Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated recently on August 1st. On this occasion, financially sound Muslims sacrifice animals to commemorate the Abrahamic sacrifice and distribute their meat among the poor and needy. The Rohingya refugees received meat that they would not have been able to enjoy otherwise. Thanks to our donors, The Amdani family, FHII (Friends of Humanity International) and RCF (Refugee Crisis Foundation), the refugees received meat from the sacrifice of 25 cows and 3 goats.

 

Updates from Health Clinic and Learning Centers

OBAT is also continuing to assist and support Rohingya refugees in the Kutupalong Camp on a daily basis, providing emergency healthcare services at its Health Post. All other projects in the camp have been halted by the Bangladesh Government, as Bangladesh entered a lockdown in March. With the confirmation of COVID-19 in the Rohingya Camp, our clinic team, which enters the camp each day, is ensuring they are maintaining the highest standards of disease prevention and wears extensive personal protective equipment. Our Ukhiya-based office team is continuing to work safely in isolation. We are monitoring the situation as it develops and acting according to the advice of the Bangladesh Government, the World Health Organization, and relevant camp authorities.

Due to the severity of the situation and the lockdown that Bangladesh entered into in late March, the decision was made by the Bangladesh Government and camp authorities in April to suspend all projects in the Rohingya Camp, except for emergency healthcare services and essential food aid delivery.

We are so proud of the medical team and praise their efforts for working in the field during these challenging times. Our medical team worked hard all through Ramadan, the month of fasting, with health partners, RCF and MedGlobal to provide emergency medical treatment to the Rohingya population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total number of patients treated at the clinic this year up until July are 19,161.

Our Learning Centers are moving toward home-based learning, facilitated by the Education Sector that oversees the work of all nonprofits working in the refugee camp. UNICEF distributed books for all the students of the Learning Centers. The teachers are now carrying out home visits and visiting each child on an average of twice a week.

We also released our 2019 annual report since we last talked to you. You helped us achieve a ton of good in 2019- Read all about it in our special 15 year edition of the 2019 Annual Report. 

Every bit of your support continues to count and make a huge difference. It is with great pleasure and integrity that we give shape to your dreams of a socially equitable world.

Keep sharing our Rohingya Relief project, http://goto.gg/30136 with others and continue spreading the work to broaden the impact.

Stay safe and Be well.

Talk to you in October!

Your OBAT Family.

Eid-ul-Adha meat distribution
Eid-ul-Adha meat distribution
Food distribution
Food distribution
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Food Distribution 1
Food Distribution 2
Food Distribution 2
Food Distribution 3
Food Distribution 3
2019 Annual Report Cover pic
2019 Annual Report Cover pic
WHO's immunization Program
WHO's immunization Program
WHO's immunization Program 1
WHO's immunization Program 1
WHO's immunization Program 2
WHO's immunization Program 2
New born baby kit
New born baby kit
New born baby kit 2
New born baby kit 2
New born baby kit 3
New born baby kit 3
At home learning for Rohingya kids
At home learning for Rohingya kids
Staff giving books to  Rohingya kids
Staff giving books to Rohingya kids
Staff gifting books to Rohingya kids
Staff gifting books to Rohingya kids
Rohingya child receiving books
Rohingya child receiving books

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