Bangladesh: Thank you for helping vulnerable Rohingya refugees.

Due to government coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in Bangladesh, very few humanitarian organisations have been permitted to enter the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar… but our Christian partner on the ground, World Concern Bangladesh, is one of them! And that means that you support is making a difference in even the hardest to reach communities during this pandemic. Thank you so very much.

In August 2017, extreme violence in the Northern part of Myanmar caused more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. There are now more than 1 million Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps. And due to the lack of water, hygiene materials, and medical facilities, this already incredibly vulnerable population is at high risk of coronavirus.

But with your support, our Christian partner on the ground is ready to distribute protective equipment to camp healthcare workers, as well as hygiene and cleaning kits – including face masks, soaps, tissues, and bleaching powder – to vulnerable refugee families as soon as they receive final government approval.

 

Kenya: coronavirus challenges.

We recently shared the story of Tabitha with you. The coronavirus is having a huge impact on people around the world… including vulnerable mums living in poverty. Recently, we caught up with Charles, who works for our Christian partner on the ground in Kenya. He introduced us to Tabitha, and we asked him about how coronavirus was impacting people living in poverty.

Here’s what he had to say…

  • no casual jobs, means many rural Kenyans are out of work
  • no access to saving groups or meetups means business cannot happen as usual- no markets are open so crops and livestock can’t be traded… that means less income for families
  •  schools are closed so families cannot take advantage of the school feeding program… more mouths to feed means an increased risk of a food crisis
  • high risk of water shortage as sources are being depleted due to handwashing… and when families rely on water for their meals and livelihoods, this could spell disaster.

But your Christian partners on the ground are still full of hope! And they are still working hard to ensure vulnerable families in rural Kenya stay safe through the pandemic. Like our Facebook page to stay tuned for future updates… and see how your donations are making a difference in these hard times!

 

Vanuatu: Disaster response in a time of coronavirus.

For nine days in early April, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Harold caused widespread destruction across Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Tonga. Vanuatu was the worst affected with homes, roads, and schools damaged or destroyed. But you may have heard little about it because at the same time in Australia, coronavirus restrictions were still making headline news.

When a disaster like a cyclone hits during a global disaster like this pandemic… already vulnerable people become more vulnerable still. That’s why Baptist World Aid (through APBAid and the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation) is responding to support an urgent need for emergency food for cyclone-affected families.

 

Nepal: Thank you for helping to fund quality healthcare!

United Mission Hospital Tansen (run by our Christian partner on the ground, UMN!) provides quality inexpensive or free health care for people in Palpa and surrounding districts. It treats over 110,000 out-patients and 13,000 in-patients, yearly.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the hospital has set up isolation rooms and a separate fever clinic. The hospital also supported the local government and army with training and support – including technical advice on the set up of quarantine facilities, training on how to make hand sanitiser, and teaching local tailors how to make protective gowns for front line workers.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus, however, UMN has reported a drop in funding for the hospital and the lifesaving services it provides. Your generosity his helping to maintain essential workers to respond to pandemic… as well as providing quality and affordable health services to the most vulnerable families living in poverty as it continues. Thank you!