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Support Children in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

by UNICEF USA
Support Children in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Support Children in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Support Children in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Support Children in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Support Children in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Support Children in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Support Children in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Faruk Akter participates in vocational training
Faruk Akter participates in vocational training

Dear Friend,

Thanks to your generous support, UNICEF scaled up efforts across all program areas in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh to provide Rohingya children and adolescents with opportunities for a better future.

Since August 2017, more than 900,000 Rohingya, fled violence in Myanmar and settled in Cox’s Bazar. Rohingya children witnessed the horrors of this conflict with many ending up the target of grave violations. Arriving in Bangladesh by the hundreds of thousands, the needs of children and their families were massive and ranged from psychosocial support to access to basic social services such as water, health, nutrition and education.

Due to your support, UNICEF has been able to work across sectors to ensure children and their families are afforded a better future. Examples of such interventions are:

  • An emphasis on water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) activities, particularly the establishment of diarrheal treatment centers and strong behavior change communication messaging, contributed to averting a potentially major cholera epidemic.
  • UNICEF and partners also screened more than 149,000 children for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) treatment.
  • Additionally, UNICEF established more than 1,300 learning centers provided education opportunities for more than 70 percent of targeted school-aged children.
  • With UNICEF’s support, the education sector also developed a learning framework that will provide standardized teaching and learning for refugee children.

As the humanitarian needs in Cox’s Bazar develop, and the lives of children are affected, UNICEF and its partners will continue scaling up activities in Bangladesh thanks to gifts like yours. These interventions provide families with emergency assistance, both for the short-term and long-term. Thank you again for your ongoing support as UNICEF continues to provide relief for the 500,000+ Rohingya children who have been forced from their homes.

Sincerely,

Whitney Simon

Links:

UNICEF/UN0226388/Brown
UNICEF/UN0226388/Brown

Dear Friend,

Thanks to donations like yours, UNICEF has been supporting the Rohingya Refugee Crisis since the beginning of 2017 with a steady stream of supplies such as trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, for thousands of children. Other supplies include detergent powder, soap, containers to transport water, along with sanitary napkins, towels and sandals.  

UNICEF’s current response includes an emphasis on expanding support to the Bangladeshi community in Cox’s Bazar district along with preparedness and response to other emergencies nationwide. 

Thanks to your support, UNICEF’s actions are focused around four key strategies in Cox’s Bazar: 

  • Saving lives and protecting children and their families in the refugee camps 
  • Promoting social cohesion and confidence building in the host communities in Ukhiya and Teknaf Sub-districts 
  • Strengthening systems and accelerating program implementation to the rest of the district of Cox’s Bazar 
  • Applying lessons learned from the work in the refugee camps and the district of Cox’s Bazar to feed these into national strategies and UNICEF’s work in other parts of the country 

Your continued support is helping children at a time when they need it most. Thank you for putting children first.  

UNICEF/UN0226385/Brown
UNICEF/UN0226385/Brown

Dear Friend,

More than 725,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since August of last year, including nearly 392,000 children. These refugees are highly vulnerable, living in overcrowded camps with extremely limited services. Sanitation is strained, increasing the risk of disease outbreaks. A concerningly high percentage of children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Thanks to your generous support, UNICEF rapidly scaled up its existing response in Bangladesh to meet the needs of Rohingya children.

Your investment has allowed UNICEF and partners to:

  • Treat nearly 15,000 children for severe acute malnutrition 
  • Vaccinate 880,000 people against cholera
  • Provide 335,000 people with access to safe water
  • Construct more than 1,000 learning centers to reach 130,000 children with education

Your support also helped to open safe spaces for women and girls and build improved sanitation facilities.

And your impact continues.

UNICEF remains on the ground in Bangladesh, supporting education, protection, health, water, and sanitation services for vulnerable Rohingya refugee children, while working with governments to seek a long-term solution to the violence that forced them from their homes.

On behalf of the Rohingya refugee children benefitting from your generosity, thank you.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Dear Friend,

The plight of the Rohingya refugees remains dire. As 12-year old Umme recounts, “Houses were burning and there were rocket launchers. Killing people after arresting them. They were burning villages and we couldn’t move. We couldn’t go to the forest or fish, so we couldn’t eat. That’s why we fled."

Right now, the global community has come together to create the largest refugee camp in the world, housing more than 700,000 people. There are health centers, vaccinations, psychosocial support, child-friendly centers throughout, and an elementary educational system. It’s a massive, coordinated effort by government and non-governmental organizations to provide relief at a time when it’s needed most.

Umme’s story is one no child should tell. Yet, it’s an all-too-familiar one in the Bangladesh refugee settlements.

UNICEF is mobilizing to keep Rohingya children safe, healthy and dry during the monsoon season. Vital infrastructure is being reinforced and medical supplies prepositioned to handle the threat of illnesses like cholera — an acute diarrheal disease that can kill a child within hours if not treated. The water supply is being protected, and supplies families will need to keep their water safe and clean — hygiene kits, water purification tablets, chlorine, soap and buckets — stockpiled. Vaccination teams are administering the oral cholera vaccine to 1.1 million people, and community volunteers are fanning out to educate families on how to protect themselves.

Here are some actions you can take:

  • Share the story of a Rohingya refugee child, click here.
  • Donate to this project to provide life-saving support.

More financial resources are needed to support this mobilization. Please take action and engage your community for the Rohingya refugee children.

Thank you for putting children first.

Links:

UNICEF Bangladesh/UN0205659/Sokol
UNICEF Bangladesh/UN0205659/Sokol

Dear Friend,

The pre-monsoon rains have started in Cox’s Bazar, which is one of the most flood prone areas of Bangladesh. On the night of the 26th April, a storm damaged shelters and affected several families in refugee camps.  

Recently, during intense winds before the rains, and during the storm, many children were seen sitting on top of their family’s shelters in an attempt to keep the plastic roof tops from blowing away.

We estimate that more than 100,000 people, including approximately 55,000 children, are at risk due to floods and landslides. It’s possible that this figure could go up to 200,000 people depending on the intensity of rains.  

During monsoon season, which lasts from June to September, the overall health and wellbeing of Rohingya refugee children is affected. Increase risk of infectious disease, poor water and sanitation hygiene, and injury impact children whose immune systems are already weakened by acute malnutrition. Children are also at risk of getting separated from their families due to inundations and mudslides. 

As UNICEF works to reinforced the physical infrastructures, build new facilities prior to the floods, and prepositioning emergency water and sanitation supplies, such as hygiene/dignity kits - we need your help. 

Click here to read more about UNICEF's relief in the Rohingya camps, and preparing for Monsoon season. 

Thank you, 

Emma

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Location: New York - USA
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