Thousands of families in Bangladesh and Arakan Rohingya Camp have been suffering from the bitterness of cold, poverty, and siege, for six years now. Mawlana Abdur Rashid Socila Welfare Accosiation launched a “Warm Winter” campaign to alleviate the suffering of these families and to achieve the following goals:
A- Secure the minimum requirements of families of heating materials to protect them from winter diseases
B- Provide winter clothing for the target families
C- Contribute to making tents warmer in winter
D- Bring warmth to the homes of the poor
The project sought to provide bags containing supplies` that help our people in Bangladesh and Arakan Rohingya Camp and the places of displacement to ease the cold and bring warmth to the tents and homes of those in need. These bags are two types:
-Winter clothing bags containing: trousers, boots, sweaters, woolen boots, gloves, socks, coat
-Warmer bags containing: fuel heater, plastic containers, mattresses, blankets, heaters, cushions, carpets
In order to provide assistance to the beneficiaries, the Winter Committee set the criteria for choosing the poorest families:
-Families that lack the breadwinners
-Families of martyrs
-Children aged 4 to 14 years
The project was able to help 5000 people this year and seeks to reach 4000 people more who suffer from the cold winter
The package includes: Double Blanket and Winter Clothes for Children.
Why Do We Need This Project?
- Approximately 1.5 million Rohingya refugees live under difficult living conditions, and none of them can work according to the country's law. (UNHCR - Rohingya refugee crisis - UNHCR).
- About 43.5% of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh live below the poverty line, and there is an increase in the demand to provide basic services and respond to their needs.
- The unprecedented poverty rate among Rohingya families as 79.9% of them have no income.
- The poor houses which the Rohingya families are living in. It does not protect them from the rain and cold weather.
- The insufficiency of the humanitarian aid, especially during the pandemic.
- The high level of depression among Rohingya families due to their deplorable living conditions.
- The spread of the Coronavirus and the imposition of more restrictions on the refugee camps have increased the Rohingya families’ need for food.
Purpose of the Project:
The project aims to improve the level of living condition for the Rohingya children in Bangladesh during the Winter Season.
The detailed purposes:
- To provide a warm clothes for the Rohingya children to make them more immune against the winter diseases.
- To alleviate the financial burden on the poor Rohingya refugees.
- To improve the psychological status of Rohingya refugees, especially children.
- To create some job opportunities for the Rohingya householders in this project.
To build up the fraternal bond between Rohingya refugees and Muslims all over the globe.
Benefits and Beneficiaries
Target Beneficiaries: Destitute Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Estimated no. of beneficiaries: 500 poor families and 500 orphans.
Features of Beneficiaries: Families who are headed by unemployed householders or single mothers