Rohingya women, girls, boys and men have been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar from systematic discrimination, statelessness and targeted violence. Cox’s Bazar is now the largest refugee camp in the world. The work at Cox's Bazar includes support through the Australian Government through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership.
Responding to humanitarian and protection needs, and resilience building of Rohingya and host populations in Bangladesh
Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camp and Host Communities
Lutheran World Federation (LWF) & Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS)
Look what your kindness has GROWN!
These photos show where you are helping Rohingya people forced from Myanmar, to live in the world’s largest refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
Through ALWS, our Lutheran family has supported the planting of 30,000 tree seedlings inside the camp, plus 20,000 seedings in the local community hosting the refugees.
Before your help, trees had been cleared to build the camp and supply firewood. This caused landslides, made the extreme heat worse, and depleted the water supply. The environmental destruction made life even harder for people simply seeking safety.
Now, as you can see, new forests are emerging!
Jakaria is a Rohingya refugee benefitting from your help:
“Previously, we had to wait under extreme sun, because there was no shade anywhere.
Thanks to the project, the saplings planted here have grown big, and give us shade now. Every day, refugees sit in the shade of these trees and give blessing for this help.
There are also many very useful, fast-growing and locally adapted saplings like Neem, which have herbal and medicinal uses. We are eagerly waiting for these plants to grow so we can use them.”
Your work through ALWS in the camp is aimed at helping those people who may otherwise be forgotten.
That’s why you also supply learning materials for the poorest children, dignity kits for teen girls, supplementary foods for pregnant women, and work grants for people with disability.
Your ALWS help is delivered by RDRS Bangladesh, working with LWF, plus your help is multiplied in value by church support from the Czech Republic!
This project includes support from the Australian Government through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP).
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- 2,935 families received blankets for winter
- 400 pieces of Traditional Cloth (Thami) distributed to Rohingya refugee women and adolescent girls
- 2,445 people equipped to generate income through gardening, poultry and small business
- 1,430 Pregnant and Lactating received training and supplementary feeding
- 103,870 tree seedlings to restore environment
- 3,600 children received learning materials
- 3,300 high school children received menstrual and reproductive health training and dignity kits
- 108 people increased income in Cash-for-Work
Initiatives to rehabilitate the natural environment can have multiple direct and indirect benefits. Some of the benefits in addition to providing tree coverage and a clean environment include reduced child mortality rates due to malaria. Such initiatives also offer opportunities to introduce home gardening and animal husbandry for better health.
115,828 people received life-saving services, protection and skills in income-generating activities.
It’s estimated 880,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar now live as refugees in camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
Ms. Johora Khatun is one of those people, living with her daughter, and her husband who has a disability that prevents him from doing any work.
Johora received three native chickens and training in poultry-raising through ALWS partner, RDRS Bangladesh. She says:
“Before training, I was not interested to rear the poultry, as maintaining hygiene in temporary chicken-cage or paper box was difficult in the congested living area in Rohingya camps.“Now I have learned about low-cost chicken’s food-processing technique, elements for chicks’ food preparation and measurement, as well as market linkage system. This was massive learning for me.”
Now, the family use some of the eggs produced for food, while others are incubated to expand the flock. When chickens are 105 days old, she sells them.
Johora’s dream is to continue growing her business to ensure food security for her family. She also hopes to inspire
other women like her to start their own businesses.