Project #132 | Relief for Rohingya Refugees
Our partnership with World Renew
Since August 2017, over 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar. The Rohingya people are an ethnic and religious minority in Myanmar with their own language and culture, but they have been denied citizenship by the government, leaving them stateless. Rohingya people have lost nearly everything–including their homes–in what the United Nations has described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” They now reside in a corner of southeastern Bangladesh near Cox’s Bazar in makeshift tents and structures perched on hillsides. They have little hope of returning home, and their situation in the refugee settlement is precarious–especially for women and children.
We partnered with World Renew to provide much-needed emergency relief in the Jamtoli refugee camp. The relief efforts were geared towards the needs of Rohingya women, since many Rohingya refugee households are female-headed. Through our partnership, we enabled the construction of community kitchens and the provision of stoves and fuel, benefitting 3,570 individuals. Not only did this reduce deforestation, but it reduced the risk of violence that women face when collecting cooking wood and provided a safe space for women to gather socially. The community kitchens have become spaces where organizations in the camp host training workshops on protection, gender-based violence, nutrition, hygiene, and disaster risk reduction. While some of the workshops mentioned above were not held by World Renew or their partners, the community kitchens are having a significant impact in the local community beyond their designs as kitchens.
Our collective impact
Total People Impacted
People Trained on Nutrition
Families Received Household Stoves
Sajeda used to live in Bhuchidong of Rakhain state of Myanmar with her children and husband. While nearly a year has passed since she fled, she still struggles to cope with her new reality in the camp and surrounding areas.
“I can say, at least now we are able to sleep at night…..at least, we don’t have to live in fear of being tortured, violated, or abducted by the army. We have a place to survive, and I am grateful to the people who have provided support. I start each morning very early to cook food for my family, but it has been very challenging. You can see outside that it is quite barren and it was very tough to collect firewood. Being a mother it was my responsibility to arrange a daily cooked meal for my family, but how could I without any firewood to collect and no money to buy fuel. Thanks to the people who made this kitchen for us. We have gas cylinders and stoves in the kitchen and in a group, we can cook in this kitchen. It is fast and easy!”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our refugee relief fund.