Rohingya Refugee Update


All We Can continues to work alongside partners to deliver support to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Many Rohingya people fled Myanmar in 2017 and since then hundreds-of-thousands of Rohingya refugees are now living in camps in Bangladesh.

In 2018, All We Can supported work within the Rohingya refugee camps to improve families’ shelters, construct WASH facilities, including latrines and bathing shelters to 10,000 Rohingya men, women and children. In 2019, All We Can and its international humanitarian aid partners on the ground also supported the prevention of 1,582 infant deaths from malnutrition. This was achieved through increasing the access to life-saving provision of treatment of moderate and acute malnutrition and preventative nutrition services to the most vulnerable groups, focussing on pregnant and breast feeding women, and children. This work, particularly around nutrition, has been especially vital in the face of Covid-19, as we know that those who are weak or malnourished are at increased risk of being badly affected by the virus.

Faruma* and her baby. Image: Medair

Faruma* is one young mother who was supported by All We Can’s partners in Kutupalong refugee camp. The nutrition clinic in the camp allowed Faruma to register her son for treatment. Upon the birth of her second child, Faruma was enrolled into All We Can’s partners’ programme which allowed her to receive special care and counselling from an all-female team of national staff and volunteers, with particular attention being paid to breastfeeding. Faruma is just one of many women who have been equipped with practical resources and knowledge to improve the health of her family.

All We Can is currently supporting work that is providing children with high-quality education through essential literacy, numeracy, and life skills. For the young Rohingyan refugees, this is particularly vital as their education had been interrupted as a result of the conflict in Myanmar as well as the pandemic. Due to socio-cultural barriers within the Rohingyan communities, too often girls are prevented from accessing their fundamental right to education. Ensuring that girls have the opportunity to complete their education, particularly as they reach puberty, is a priority for All We Can as we believe in seeing every person’s potential fulfilled. To encourage this within the Rohingya community, All We Can’s partner are offering awareness and parenting sessions to allow families to believe in the value of their daughter’s education.

In March 2020, all education facilities in the camp closed because of Covid-19. As a result, All We Can is supporting a distance learning strategy that seeks to provide quality learning for students in confinement, most without the use of digital technologies, and with little or no training or support. Learners have been receiving materials to complete at home with continuous support from Rohingya volunteer teachers, who receive ongoing support and training from host community teachers. The goal is to mitigate learning losses for women and girls who were just beginning to access opportunities and to facilitate their return to learning spaces once restrictions are lifted and facilities are allowed to reopen safely. The self-learning program is designed for learners with low literacy and numeracy levels and builds on the ‘Learning to Learn’ principles. The self-learning programme is designed using either a low or no-tech approach.

All We Can is committed to working with those displaced by conflict and persecution. We want to thank our generous supporters for your giving and prayers, and we ask that you continue to support All We Can, in whatever way you can.

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