Following a thorough needs assessment and whole series of meetings with govt, army, border police and other NGOs in the area, we found a place where we could help and a plan for how to do it.
We have the full backing of all the actors and most importantly with camp elder Dil Mohammed who wants our help.
As at early December 2017, it is a community of 6,318 Rohingya refugees
– 3,251 under 18
– 1,146 are under 5
– 1,614 women aged 18 +
– 175 pregnant women
This community is stuck in a small stretch of No Man’s Land between the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar which makes it impossible for the large agencies to help. They have mandate issues but everyone is happy for us to do it as long as the refugees come into Bangladesh to receive whatever we distribute.
Helpfully, this community is 4 villages who have all fled and resettled together so the social and family structures have remained largely intact.
Our first intervention is to help tackle the malnutrition and start to build some trust:
– Three distributions of 3.5 kg fresh fruit and vegetable packs per family to all 1,300 families every 10 days
– Pre-natal checks to 67 pregnant women every 15 days
– Winter clothing for the children
We are looking into providing:
– child-friendly spaces so the kids can be kids
After covering these basic needs, we will introduce projects to build their resilience and self-sufficiency. Here is John talking about getting started:
We have a professional and experienced team on the ground who will be delivering our #aidwithdignity
There are over 1 million Rohingya refugees in the Cox’s Bazaar area who have had to flee extreme violence from Myanmar. We can’t possibly help all of them but together we can help this community.