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Project Report | Jan 29, 2019
New year, new accomplishments

By Saima Hassan | Director Development and Communications

Ongoing Aser assessment
Ongoing Aser assessment

Greetings dear friends!

Wishing you all a very happy and a fabulous new 2019! Hope the new year has kicked off to a good start for all of you. We have a ton of news to share with you about what’s been going on in our Rohingya Relief Project. Thanks to you, we have been able to accomplish all this since the last time we were in touch:

Assesments ascertain student learning and development

OBAT led Humanitarian Assistance Program is applying ASER assessment tools in our education sector in the Rohingya camps in order to improve student learning. Teachers have been conducting these student assessments in different TLC's (Temporary Learning Center) in the Rohingya Camps. 

ASER stands for Annual Status of Education Report. This is an annual survey that aims to provide reliable estimates of children's enrollment and basic learning levels. Building the capacity of our teachers and volunteers is also a part of our development goals. Hence, prior to the assessment, the teachers also received training to enhance their knowledge in this area. 

Harvard students develop designs for structures in Rohingya camps

During the first week of December, OBAT's Executive Director, Immad Ahmed, was invited to Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (GSD) to critique the final submission of students for the Agha Khan Workshop that Professor Anna Heringer has been conducting. Mr. Ahmed's visit was a follow up to the visit of the Harvard team to the Rohingya camps in September about which we wrote to you in our last update.  Mr. Ahmed was able to review and provide feedback and answer questions during the final review process. 
After returning from their study of the Rohingya camps, the GSD's students had created possible scalable solutions for a child-friendly space and other community structures in the camps. They focused on using sustainable and locally sourced materials that were adapted to meet the various design challenges in the camp, from typography to monsoon and cyclone season. 
OBAT's team will be working with some of the graduates on implementing their designs in the camps- some of the ideas and concepts that the students came up with will be incorporated into our future plans and designs. 
We are so grateful to Harvard, Professor Heringer and her students who gave us the opportunity to be a part of such a great project and also help us provide more sustainable solutions for the refugees and residents in the camps. 

 Edie's Community Kitchen in Rohingya camp addresses fuel shortage

One of the biggest challenges in the Rohingya refugee camp has been a source of fuel for cooking. Currently, there are about 900,000 people living in the camp and the only available source of fuel is the wood and roots from the trees in the forest. This has caused major tension with the host community. 

To combat this problem and help the community to cook emergency meals in a disaster situation, our team with the help of the Glickman Family, has built Edie's Community Kitchen. 
The goal is for the community to use this place for events, weddings and also in times of fuel shortages. We also wanted to ensure that we had a facility that could cater to cooking large amounts of food to help provide support for extremely vulnerable individuals and families. 
We've used mud walls to give strength to the bamboo structures and provide a facility safe for cooking and feeding large numbers of people. In the past few weeks, we have already raised over 6,000 USD to help provide cooked meals to thousands of people over the next few months. 
We want to thank the Glickman Family (Mindy Radler Glickman and Jeff Glickman) for their continuous support. Click here to watch a video of the kitchen. 

 APPNA donates life-saving ambulance for Rohingya clinic

 A special thank you to APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America) for donating a life-saving ambulance for the OBAT clinics serving Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Theambulance will be used to transport patients who need further treatment, from the clinics to a hospital. The ambulance will be an incredibly valuable addition, as the terrain in the camps is very treacherous and transporting the patients in man-made stretchers has been a huge challenge and has led to delays in receiving treatment

Thank you for standing with us to address this tremendous crisis and for helping us achieve all of the above. We hope that this year is a fantastic one for you. Please continue to reach out to your friends and family to share this project’s page with them: http://goto.gg/30136. Here’s to a 2019 that brings more light and relief to the Rohingya refugees.

Best regards,

OBAT team.

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Prototype made by Harvard students
Prototype made by Harvard students
Prototype made by Harvard students
Prototype made by Harvard students
Prototype made by Harvard students
Prototype made by Harvard students
Immad Ahmed, with the Harvard team
Immad Ahmed, with the Harvard team
Immad Ahmed (left), with the Harvard team
Immad Ahmed (left), with the Harvard team
Edie's Kitchen
Edie's Kitchen
Edie's Kitchen
Edie's Kitchen
Edie's Kitchen
Edie's Kitchen
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