Save the Rohingya

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Baby Sadia
Baby Sadia

Dear friends,

Our amazing team that comprises the Humanitarian Assistance program are nothing short of super heroes and have been working round the clock to provide the assistance and care needed by the Rohingya refugees.

We are grateful to Humans of New York for featuring our Executive Director, Immad Ahmed in their Rohingya series. Immad is leading the entire HAP program for Rohingya refugees and is one of our super heroes. You can read the Humans of New York post about him here: http://bit.ly/HONYOBAT.

Here are some areas in which progress has been significant since you last heard from us. 

 

Health clinic:

Sadia was the very first baby who has been delivered by our clinic in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. We are happy to report that both mother and child are doing great after delivery. Our midwife Israt, who delivered Sadia, visited their house to do a follow up and provide medicine. We are grateful for our wonderful medical team who provide quality care and attention to all patients. Three other babies have been delivered after Sadia. Our clinic continues to treat anywhere between 350-400 patients every day.

Learning Centers:

To prepare for the new classrooms, or Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs), in Zone RR, 26 teachers were interviewed and given a proper teacher training. Among them 14 were Burmese teachers and 12 were local Bangladeshi teachers. The 3-day training included basic teaching techniques such as the quality of a good teacher, basic education for the kids, how to treat and behave with kids, classroom activities and how to allow students to enjoy their class time.

We also trained new teachers on rules and responsibilities toward the community, classroom, and students suffering from trauma. The training was successful, with April 5th marking our teachers’ first day in our new TLC’s in Zone RR. Training was conducted by our education team including Hassan, Ayub, and Nusrat.

 

Construction of shelters

In the upcoming monsoon season, there are chances of cyclone caused landslides and more natural disasters. To deal with the crises that would ensue from this, on the 9th of April, OBAT/HAP started the shelter project in camp 5. Because of the hard work and efficiency of our team and laborers, 55 shelters were completed by 12th April. Approximately, 300 people will live in those shelters. Another 70 of the shelters are work in progress. To date, 422 shelters have been completed for about 2,500 people in the different camps.

Other than these areas, a park and playground for children as well as 8 tubewells providing clean water to 5,000 people, have been built so far. The current number of bridges to facilitate transport over hilly terrain, currently stands at six.

Please invite your friends and families to join our mission of bringing relief and rehabilitation to the Rohingya refugees.

 

Your compassion inspires us and fuels our progress. Thank you for fighting with us to help the Rohingya.

 

Best,

OBAT team.

 

 


Bridge
Bridge
Playground
Playground
Playground 1
Playground 1
Shelter 1
Shelter 1
Shelters 2
Shelters 2
Shelters
Shelters
Water Pump
Water Pump
Learning center for informal education
Learning center for informal education

Dear friends, 

Before we tell you about the progress you have enabled for our Rohingya program, we would like to offer deep and heart-felt gratitude. This crisis is unprecedented and the Kutupalong camp where the Rohingya refugees live, is now the largest refugee camp in the world. The stories of suffering that our volunteers and staff are hearing first-hand are too painful to be re-told and are shaking them to their core. The people you are helping suffered unimaginable violence and confronted death, destruction and calamity in an attempt to erase their existence.

They are in a safe place now and thanks to you, are starting to live again. So, THANK YOU- a thousand times over.

OBAT’s initial efforts were focused on providing emergency relief to the Rohingya refugees. These comprised of providing them with freshly cooked food, clothes, and items needed for everyday living. Medical camps were held to attend to the dire needs of the refugees whose harrowing journeys lasting for days, through land and water, had reduced them to a shadow of what they once were- debilitating them and making them vulnerable to infections and disease.

Some highlights of the progress to date:

  • 3,000 people received freshly cooked food
  • About 6,000 snacks have been distributed through schools for Rohingya children
  • 4,000 families have received essential items related to hygiene and cooking needs including other items such as towels, bedsheets etcetera.
  • Medical support was extended to 8,000 refugees through medical camps held in partnership with Bangladesh Medical Student Society.

With the joining of more local partners as well as volunteers from all over the world, OBAT stepped up its efforts to extend aid to the Rohingya.

At present, OBAT has set up one medical center which is providing health relief to the refugees. About 100-175 patients get treated here everyday. This center is serving the medical needs of the community and is fully equipped with a well-stocked pharmacy. Another center is in the process of being set up.

Eighteen learning centers are up and running for Rohingya children, as of now. The plan is to build 100 schools or learning centers  to educate 10,000 children as sixty percent of the refugees comprise of children The schools run in two shifts with each consisting of anywhere from fifty to sixty-five students. The schools provide informal education.

 One community center has already been built while another is up and running. These serve as temporary areas where refugees can rest and take a break before helping construct their tent homes. Two bridges have been built to facilitate foot travel of the refugees as they have to traverse hilly terrain and bodies of water to reach the refugee camp.

To address an outbreak of diphtheria, an isolation center was set up to curtail the spread of the disease.

Please invite your friends and families to join us as we progress toward alleviating the distressful conditions being faced by this very vulnerable population. Every bit of help counts and the more people that join hands, the more resources will be available to address this crisis

Click here  for more photos from the crisis and OBAT's efforts to address it. 

Find out here what we have accomplished so far with your assistance.

 

You are an inspiration to us.  Let's keep up this fight to help the Rohingya.

 Best,

OBAT team.

 

A student at the learning center
A student at the learning center
Students at the learning center
Students at the learning center
Students holding up the banner
Students holding up the banner
A newly constructed bridge
A newly constructed bridge
Medical center
Medical center
a patient at the medical center
a patient at the medical center
Medical center- outside view
Medical center- outside view
Medical center
Medical center's pharmacy
Medical camp
Medical camp
Medical camp
Medical camp
Food distribution
Food distribution
Children receive the food
Children receive the food
Children have to care for younger siblings
Children have to care for younger siblings
View of camp
View of camp
A Rohingya family inside their "home"
A Rohingya family inside their "home"
View of a home
View of a home
A Rohingya child
A Rohingya child
Isolation center for diptheria patients
Isolation center for diptheria patients

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OBAT Helpers Inc

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.obathelpers.org
Project Leader:
Saima Hassan
Indianapolis, IN United States

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