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Project Report | Aug 7, 2018
More empowering initiatives in Rohingya camps-thanks to you!

By Saima Hassan | Director Development and Communications

Distribution of relief items by IMO
Distribution of relief items by IMO

 

Dear friends,

Thank you for your immense support for our programs empowering Rohingya refugees. A lot has happened since we last updated you. The current number of shelters that we are building for the refugees stand at 1,444. Monsoon rains started in June and have already caused quite a bit of damage, blowing off the roofs of some of our learning centers. These shelters are more resistant to inclement weather and provide more protection to its inhabitants as compared to the ones made out of bamboo and tarp only. The number of learning centers for children is 26 and altogether they are educating about 2,400 children. Towards the end of May, we inaugurated our second health clinic to address the expanding health needs of the refugees. This clinic provides both inpatient and outpatient hospital care and will be operating 24/7 in the Kutupalong Camp. Around that time, we also conducted training sessions on providing psychosocial support to the children who have undergone unimaginable trauma. Volunteers were trained by Philipa Nilsson and training was provided to teachers as well as monitoring officers of the learning center.

Several other developments and events took place during the past few months:

  • Islamic Noor and International Memon Organization (IMO), a nonprofit organization from Scotland, recently donated 200 blankets, 340 sets of children's clothes and 7 boxes of medicine to OBAT led Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). The distribution took place at HAP's office in Ukhia. Recipients were students at the learning centers as well as the medical center for Rohingya refugees.
  • The children studying in OBAT led HAP's learning centers don't have much other than the clothes on their backs. Recently, the staff distributed pairs of pants to almost 900 children in 24 learning centers. Their smiles were heart-melting!
  • OBAT's youth Think Tank distributed new Eid (a religious festival celebrated by the Rohingya) clothes among 2,200 Rohingya refugee children. The clothes were distributed at Kutupalong Rohingya Camp, in Cox's Bazaar. We are very proud of our Think Tank for bringing some sunshine into the lives of these children.
  • It isn't just about alphabets and numbers at the Rohingya learning centers run by OBAT powered Humanitarian Assistance Program.  Kids learn about personal hygiene among other things, as well. In a hand washing campaign, students learned to wash their hands properly to ensure prevention of spread of germs and diseases. They were given soap bars, courtesy of the organizations, PLAN and NRC. 

 

Without you, none of the above would have been possible. Your generosity inspires us every day. Please share this project with your friends and family and invite their support. Every bit helps and counts.

With gratitude,

Your OBAT family.

Students holding up their new pairs of pants
Students holding up their new pairs of pants
Distribution of Eid outfits
Distribution of Eid outfits
Distribution of Eid outfits
Distribution of Eid outfits
kid holding their Eid outfits
kid holding their Eid outfits
Distribution of Eid outfits
Distribution of Eid outfits
Training for psychosocial support
Training for psychosocial support
Training for psychosocial support
Training for psychosocial support
New medical center
New medical center
Learning to wash hands properly
Learning to wash hands properly
Holding their new bars of soap
Holding their new bars of soap
Women sitting outside their new shelter
Women sitting outside their new shelter
A woman stands outside her shelter
A woman stands outside her shelter
Sakina washes utensils at a clean water site
Sakina washes utensils at a clean water site
Precious children
Precious children

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Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
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Indianapolis , IN United States

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