Bangladesh

Rohingya camp

Bangladesh

It is one of the most densely populated and at the same time the poorest countries in the world. There are more than one thousand inhabitants here per one square kilometer. The country’s population is almost 150 million. In the neighboring Myanmar, since mid-2017, thousands of the Rohingya people have lost their lives, their villages have been burned down, and the survivors approached the border with Bangladesh. Within several months, more than 750 refugees settled in the border area.

Overview:
  • The UN has been calling persecution of the Rohingya an ethnic cleansing
  • The Rohingya are the most persecuted ethnic group today
  • the world’s largest refugee camp, home to approximately 920,000 Rohingya, is located near the city of Cox’s Bazar
  • 55% of the camp residents are children
We provide an enriched diet and essential household products for

several dozen

the most vulnerable refugees.
We feed
We teach

At the end of 2017, Bangladesh had to accept about one million of Rohingya people. Today, they are the most persecuted ethnic minority in the world. They escaped death in Myanmar (formerly Burma), desperately looking for help. They are not considered citizens there, and apart from their rights, the authorities have also decided to take away their lives. Myanmar doesn’t accept independent observers, but satellite photographs confirm that there has been violence and destruction on a great scale. More than a million Rohingya from Burma crossed the border with Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing, cruelty that we cannot even imagine.

Cox’s Bazaar used to be the largest tourist town in Bangladesh, famous for its longest sandy beach in the world. Today, it is mainly the biggest refugee camp and the fastest growing refugee crisis in history.  

In December 2018, we visited the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh for the first time. We decided that our next Good Factory must be located here. There are no words to describe the conditions these people live in. The camp’s residents cannot leave, work, and their children cannot go to school. They still haven’t received refugee status as the government’s approach changes from one week to the next. Their needs are enormous but legal complexities make it difficult to provide help.

What do we do?

Project for families

Our first goal was to help people who’ve been through unimaginable cruelty finally experience some good. We wanted to make sure they weren’t hungry, strengthen them with a balanced diet, take care of their most basic needs, buy blankets, sleeping mats, wood fire. We work with families that have been through the most. They have come face to face with death and are having a hard time navigating the enormous camp on their own. We can’t help them all at once but we can feed them, alleviate their pain and help them rebuild their sense of dignity. 

Refugee center

Our second goal was to create a safe space for children, a common area for them to rest, eat a meal, play, and just be children. In addition to offering elements of informal education, we also teached them about their dignity and how to protect it. We instilled the importance of good hygiene. We teached about basic safety rules and human rights, which they are entitled to in all social interactions, and that nobody has the right to hurt them. For their parents we offered workshops on positive parenting to raise their awareness about the dangers thhttps://www.dobrafabryka.pl/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=ic-placeat threaten their children (e.g. human trafficking or child labor).

Our centre was taking in 100 children and youth until the first quarter of 2021, providing them with informal education, sewing lessons, a meal and a place to play.

On the 22nd of March, a gigantic fire at the camp completely consumed our day care centre. Plans to rebuild it have been thwarted by another wave of the pandemic, a nationwide lockdown and changes to the way the camp operates, banning educational activities for children and young people. Currently, our work with children is not possible.

Urgent help needed

Humanitarian aid for Izium

Izium and the surrounding villages have endured six months of terror. There is not a single open food shop within a 100 km radius. Residents are relying on their last hidden supplies and, even more often, on the hope that they will just make it until humanitarian aid arrives.

We immediately set out to help and were among the first to arrive.

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We already have :
2,844 EUR
We need:
8,607 EUR
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