Our World Care Foundation volunteers started off the year with a heart aching trip to Bangladesh to deliver aid to the refugees of the Rohingya Crisis. After the violence started in 2016 hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people have fled Myanmar to neighbouring countries. Thousands of these people who escaped have been raped, tortured and witnessed the mass murder of men, women and children. It has been reported there is now over 800,000 Rohingya people now living in makeshift camps in Bangladesh, with more entering the country every day this had forced Bangladesh to turn people away leaving them to risk their lives to travel by boat elsewhere or return to the violence in Myanmar. Most of the refugees in Bangladesh do not receive any support from the government so are left injured, homeless and hungry without the help of aid from charities. Through the generosity of the general public World Care Foundation has raised over £70,000 to support these people who are in desperate need.
During the time the volunteers spent in Bangladesh they distributed essential aid items to 1050 families (over 5000 people). These emergency packs included water bucket, mosquito net, solar lamp, floor mat, lota, plates/pots/cooking essentials, sanitary towels, bars of soap, washing powder.
Ma’aruf Razzak a WCF volunteer said “Many had tears in their eyes as they collected items that we often take for granted. These refugees are living in very dire conditions but yet the children are trying to keep in high spirits. Children at one of the refugee camps were happy to see us and just asked us to pass on the message of their situation to the world.”
2800 large packs of vegetables (over 7 tons) were also distributed which will feed around 14000 people for 4 full days. The volunteers also visited the World Care Foundation shelter project where purpose-built waterproof rooms with shower and toilet facilities as well as ladies only showing facilities being built nearby, these are a huge improvement to where many of the refugees are currently living. Water pumps are also being dug in this are to allow a source of fresh water, a forgotten luxury. Field visits to a street children’s centre as well as medical camps helped the team get a better understanding in setting up own WCF orphanage and medical camps in Bangladesh.