Recently, the Rohingya people have faced meticulous intolerance, statelessness and targeted violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar. Such repression has forced Rohingya Muslims to move to Bangladesh for shelter and safety. It started way back to 1978 for the first time, 1991 in a larger number and in 2016 till date as the largest influx. It was August 2017 that triggered by far the largest and fastest refugee influx into Bangladesh. Since then, an estimated 900,000 to 1,000,000 Rohingya—including more than 400,000 children—have fled from Rakhine to Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.
People of host community in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh have mentioned about various problems like, significant price hike of fundamentals, scarcity of transports, traffic congestion, degradation of environment, deforestation, destructions of hillocks, manifold increase in house rent, hijacking, robbery, trafficking of illegal drugs, and others heinous activities. Local people of Cox’s Bazaar earlier did not face with traffic congestion but now it becomes a regular happening. Besides, the community women and children (particularly girls) cannot move safely all around, specifically in the evening.
Education is crucial for everyone, let alone the Rohingya children. The majority of Rohingya children did not have regular access to education. Thus, they are in need of elementary or basic level education. Many children have suffered trauma injuries from gunshot wounds and extreme violence, restricting their mobility and access to services. Each of these children has a right to education.
There is a vital need to provide opportunities for adolescents as only 7 percent of 15 to 18 years old are accessing education. There is still a lot of work to do. One third of the 416,000 school-aged Rohingya children (3 to 18 years-old) are still not accessing basic education. A generation of Rohingya children and young people cannot be left without the education and skills needed to build a life for themselves. If they become self-sustaining, their communities will also become self-sustaining and flourish.
Education means a hope for the future. In this context, SAWAB operates non-formal education schools for educating the underprivileged Rohingya children to raise literacy and awareness rate among the Rohingya Refugee children in Cox’s Bazaar. Such schools are functioning, with a view to implementing need-based, income-generating and hands-on non-formal education for them.
You may contribute to Rohingya children with your donation.
Child Care Center:
Though over a quarter of a million Rohingya children have fled from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, they cannot obtain enough facilities like basic education, behavioral and moral teaching, health care and other things because of inadequate sources to care of them. Moreover, their parents cannot provide enough foods, three meals a day. They need extra care of their children. Care for children over the age of three is very much limited to roam around and play, limited schooling and nutrition and health facilities. But protection from violence along with sanitation and hygiene should not be neglected. Without child care centre, children are likely to face poor educational attainment, economic dependency, increased violence and crime, greater substance of abuse and depression.
In this regards, they deserve extra care and nursing. By establishing this kind of Child Care Centre, children will have the opportunity to learn all basics of life as well as can be provided with religious and ethical knowledge (Islamic earning through Holy Quran). Children will also receive psychosocial counseling, and are taught hygiene and life skills. To implement this program, we have to manage child care centre as well as teachers by providing learning and teaching materials and stationeries along with school bags.
Your participation in this regard will be highly appreciable.
Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation:
It is well-known to us that the forcibly displaced people from Myanmar are in urgent need of food including dry food, hygiene packages, clean and pure water, shelter (Temporary Shelter), clothes, and medical care. The present situation demands well organized emergency assistance to ensure their safety and security in the camps.
Many national and international organizations are assisting the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh. SAWAB’s Emergency Response Team is also working with the various international donor organizations in Cox Bazaar where thousands of Rohingya Refugees have desired safety and security from the cruelty of Myanmar government. However, the location of Rohingya Refugees has substantiated tenacious with rains widespread away interim tents and spreading infection. It needs to support them until the inhuman conditions are ended.
You may contribute with your donation by providing Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation through our organization for Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.
Health and Nutrition:
Two years have passed since they crossed the border and enter into Bangladesh with nothing. Children and their mothers have been living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar with difficult access to health and nutrition. There is a recurring epidemic threat due to weather condition. The medical context is grim. As a population highly marginalized in Myanmar, few Rohingya people have ever received adequate healthcare. Conditions on the ground are unhygienic and highly volatile. The spread of infections is facilitated by overcrowding in the camps and settlements. Access to clean water and sanitation facilities is also limited, increasing the risk of water-borne diseases.
Almost 55 % of total number is children and 52 % is female; among the females 23,473 pregnant women are identified as per the report by RRRC on Aug 01, 2019. Nevertheless, Emergency obstetric care facilities are required for these pregnant women. They are suffering from different types of diseases like water- borne disease, malnutrition, skin diseases, respiratory, seriously burned and injured and so on. The families with people with serious medical condition the figure is 10,062. They require medical assistance as they are living in unsafe and overcrowded conditions. Patients, mostly children, were coming in with severe diarrhea, fungal skin infections, ear infections and high fever.
In these circumstances, we should provide free medical service, installing medical camps, clinic and free medicine distribution and free ambulance service for them so that they can get enough health and nutrition facilities. It needs to support them until the unhygienic conditions are ended.
You may contribute with your donation through our organization for Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazaar.
Housing and Shelter:
As on March 2019, over 909,000 stateless Rohingya refugees moved to Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox’s Bazaar. The vast majority live in 34 extremely congested camps, including the largest single site, the Kutupalong-Balukhali Expansion Site, which is host to approximately 626,500 Rohingya refugees.
There is not only a lack of shelter but existing shelter is of poor quality, overcrowded, offering little or no privacy and for the most vulnerable adding to a feeling of insecurity and vulnerability. Further problems are expected during regular monsoon (till September) and cold wave (till February) season which will lead to many of the existing shelters being destructed because of their poor built.
Most of the national and international organizations are trying to contribute for temporarily housing and shelter facilities by giving tents and making the construction of bamboo housing. But this is not enough on the behalf of vast Rohingya Refugees. Despite progress, the Rohingya remain in an extremely precarious situation. The root causes of their plight in Myanmar have not been addressed and their future is yet uncertain. Refugees have access to the basics, such as food and health care, but they are still extremely vulnerable, living in highly challenging circumstances, exposed to the monsoon elements and dependent on aid.
Your generous donation may support a needy refugee family build a respectable and durable shelter that can protect them from the pouring rain, the scorching heat and cold wave. Donate today and help refugees for changing their lives and hope of a brighter future.
As most of the Rohingya Refugees are Muslims, they are expected to fast during the month of Ramadan. But the financial conditions of the Refugees are extremely disgraceful. As a result, they cannot observe Ramadan properly. In this regards, SAWAB contributed at this religious program by delivering Sahri and Iftar food pack, Ramadan food pack and Eid Gift for the needy people. But lack of inadequate fund, SAWAB cannot cover all Rohingya Muslim Refugees.
Ramadan, for many of us, is a few hours of feeling the pangs of hunger, but for many of Rohingya Muslim Refugees including children and women, hunger is a daily fact. During the month of Ramadan, through collecting Zakat, Sadaqah, Fidya or Kafarah, Rohingya Muslim Refugees could be helped for allowing them to observe Ramadan properly.
Please donate during this blessed month; SAWAB can support them by giving Ramadan food pack, Sahri and Iftar pack, Eid gift.
As the Rohingya Muslim has been fled without having anything to Cox’s Bazaar because of the inhuman torture of Myanmar authorities, they have nothing to survive their daily livelihoods. They cannot even get regular meals a day. There is no question of sacrificing animals by these refugees, but they can be provided with the Qurbani animal meats that are sacrificed by millions of our Muslim brothers in Bangladesh and globally.
Since 2010, SAWAB has been continuing Qurbani meat distribution program. In the last year, SAWAB distributed Qurbani meat among Rohingya Muslim Refugees and wants to continue this program until they go back or re-settle down elsewhere. In this regards, SAWAB requires fund for Qurbani meat distribution program for the Muslim Rohingya Refugees.
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