One Day’s Wages is partnering with World Renew to provide community kitchens and health, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene sessions for Rohingya refugee families.
Why Rohingya Refugees?
Since August 2017, over 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar. The Rohingya people are an ethnic and religious minority in Myanmar with their own language and culture, but they have been denied citizenship by the government, leaving them stateless. Rohingya people have been killed, tortured, assaulted, and most have lost everything–including their homes–in what the United Nations has described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” They now reside in a corner of southeastern Bangladesh near Cox’s Bazar in makeshift tents and structures perched on hillsides. They have little hope of returning home, and their situation in the refugee settlement is precarious–especially for women and children.
ODW + World Renew
One Day’s Wages is partnering with World Renew to provide much-needed emergency relief in the Jamtoli refugee camp. The relief efforts will be geared towards the needs of Rohingya women, since many Rohingya refugee households are female-headed. Households with women and children and no male relatives are more vulnerable. Having fled extreme circumstances, these households are not only traumatized by the loss of loved ones but also the loss of their assets, livelihoods, and security.
Additionally, Rohingya women face several difficulties in preparing and cooking daily meals for their families. Women cannot go far outside of their makeshift homes to collect firewood and cook meals due to their cultural and religious beliefs. They are also deprived of social interaction because of a lack of safe spaces for women to gather. And because of the sudden nature of this crisis, shelters were made to be temporary and are not safe for cooking.
Our partnership with World Renew will provide 10 community kitchens where Rohingya women can gather, form community, and cook meals to provide for their families. World Renew plans to provide individual stoves to 225 households, and will offer health, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene sessions to 500 households.
Join us as we provide support and resources for Rohingya refugees. We are matching $50,000 for a total grant of $100,000 to empower Rohingya refugees to provide their families with food, health resources, hygiene, and communal support. The progress bar above includes our intended match amount of $50,000 for a total granting goal of $100,000.
Meet Arif and Sharin
“We walked 16 days to get to this refugee camp,” Arif shared with World Renew.
When Sharin was just 3 months old, the military started firing rocket launchers into their village in Myanmar. Arif and his wife ran into the forest with their infant daughter in order to survive. “We were so hungry. We lost everything we owned including our home, land, and business.” Arif describes their life in Myanmar, “we have been persecuted for many years. They don’t want us to live there. They make it difficult for people to get an education.” He dreams of his daughter becoming a doctor. “I just want to do whatever I can to help that dream become true. I want to give her a better education than I ever had. I want her to live in safety as a citizen of a country that wants her.”
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