agosto 10, 2017
The majority of Rohingya refugees who have sought refuge in Bangladesh are women and children, including infants. Having gone through extreme hardships and violence in their journey, these children and their families require lifesaving aid to survive each day and help overcome the distress and trauma they have experienced.
EDUCO has been present in Bangladesh since 1999 and the lead agency for the Child Fund Alliance. As the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen, EDUCO has launched an emergency response through Child Fund Alliance partner organization Action Aid.
Response efforts are focused in Kutupalong – Balukhali expansion site (previously known as Mainnerghona), in Ukhia sub-district in Cox’s Bazar with an estimated population of 548,000
in which 73.1% women and children. ActionAid Bangladesh is currently in charge of Camp Coordination and Camp Management of TT, NN, and YY zones. This settlement has been chosen, in collaboration with IOM, humanitarian agencies.
Our lifesaving aid has reached at least 27,000 children and adults through interventions such as child protection, water, hygiene and sanitation and emergency and general protection services.
In particular, our response has provided safe drinking water by installing wells and constructing latrines and bathing spaces for families. We have also installed solar lights to provide protection for women and children and prevent accidents due to people moving about after dark. We have also provided close to 4000 families (with women as head of the households) alternative fuel to reduce health hazards risks from fuels emitting toxic fumes.
For EDUCO and its partners, the psychological wellbeing of children is a priority. Therefore, our response has built child-friendly spaces within pre-existing women-friendly spaces to allow children to play, learn and help overcome their traumatic experiences.