Project #201 | Protecting Refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Our partnership with Tearfund
In the world’s largest refugee settlement at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, there are nearly a million Rohingya refugees living in abject poverty and overcrowded makeshift camps. In addition to horrible weather conditions, COVID-19 increases the immediate need for help. The refugee settlements are in such poor conditions, threatening the livelihoods of all that reside there.
One Day’s Wages is partnered with Tearfund to help people in the most vulnerable communities to stay one step ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak. Their work focused on awareness-raising and coronavirus prevention by: sharing life-saving health information about social distancing, handwashing, and other prevention methods, distributing sanitation kits with soap, masks, and bleaching powder, and providing emergency food and nutrition assistance for the most vulnerable. Through this partnership, they will be meeting the needs of the people who are most vulnerable during health emergencies, such as people with disabilities, women-headed households, ethnic minorities, transgender individuals, day laborers, and people who rely on others for their basic needs. Even before the first case was detected, Tearfund has been working with its partners to respond to the crisis and has a long-standing history in Bangladesh.
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Rojeya is only 12, but she has already endured traumas many of us can only begin to imagine. Militants came to Rojeya’s village and burned down her childhood home. When she tried to escape with her family, the militants killed her two brothers in front of her, one set alight and one thrown into the river. Rojeya is one of the thousands of children living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, surviving in extremely basic conditions. In recent years, more than 911,000 people fled violence in Myanmar. Of these, an estimated 7,700 are orphans*.
It’s estimated between 90,000 and 144,000 Rohingya people are living in each square mile. Typically, 12 people occupy each makeshift shelter, and much more use the same water well and toilet. So far there has been one reported case of coronavirus in Cox’s Bazar. It’s feared that if Covid-19 spreads, it’ll spread fast and the consequences will be catastrophic. For children like Rojeya who have already suffered devastating losses, what has made life more bearable is visiting Teafund’s child-friendly space. For those who have had their innocence stolen by scenes of conflict, a safe space brings moments of joy, comfort, and hope. They provide a small piece of normality and some education amidst a world full of uncertainty, giving them the possibility of a brighter future.
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.
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