While we working on a project in Chennai, India, we received an urgent request from UNICEF
We went to see for ourselves and we were shocked by the conditions at the Rohingya refugee camps located in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh.
After much consideration and discussions, we formed a partnership with UNICEF, Aparajeyo(a local NGO).
We agreed to construct and support 5 “child friendly spaces”(CFS) in the camps.
These CFS provide first aid, trauma counseling and art, music and entertaining education to the children who attend.
1000 to 1500 children daily are attending our CFS.
Our support was initially for 6 months. We have now extended this to an additional 6 months.
This was the condition in the camps as of October 1, 2018
camp population- over 867,000
* child population-over 355,000
* pregnant girls and women- over 48,000
* current health challenges-cholera, diphtheria, malaria, Japanese encephalitis,
* malnutrition in children
* many aid organizations have left due to a lack of funding
* UNICEF and other UN agencies are extremely underfunded
* increase in trafficking, prostitution and narcotics