Welcome to the Refugee Support Express
Breaking in Bangladesh
It has been just over a month since John and his team arrived in Bangladesh to assist the Rohingya crisis. Whilst there’s still a huge amount of work left to carry out, the dedicated Bangladesh team, led by Daniel Mendies, has already offered an incredible amount of aid with dignity to the 6,318 residents at Tumbru Camp, and its local community. Here’s just a few of the things they’ve already done:
- Carried out a needs assessment and identified Tumbru Camp as in most urgent need of aid with dignity
- Distributed crucial food packages to all members of the camp (including fresh fruit and vegetables) to tackle malnutrition and restore a healthy diet. These are being carried out every 10 days.
- Launched a pre-natal clinic for the 176 pregnant women to ensure the health of the mother and child. With over twenty women visiting this clinic already, this service, run in cooperation with Health Management BD Foundation, is crucial. Expecting mothers will receive professional medical attention at this antenatal clinic every 15 days during their pregnancy.
- Purchased over 2000 warm jumpers and jackets, to be distributed to the children of Tumbru Camp next week.
We look forward to seeing this list of achievements continue to grow, and would like to thank our fantastically dedicated team and donors. There’s still a lot to be done, but with your help, we are confident that we can transform this No Man’s Land into a place of safety and recovery.
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Keeping up with Katsikas
After a long delay that is still hard to understand given the level of suffering on the islands, 127 people arrived at Katsikas camp on the mainland. These was a wide range of nationalities who had all transferred from Moria camp in Lesbos. They are much happier with conditions here and we’re helping to settle them in with food parcels. We are expecting the camp to fill to its capacity of 400 over the next week.
This is what we have. This is what we know. Let’s come up solutions on our own and make amazing stuff happen.
This week, Paul chatted to Mimi from Habibi Works. Evolved from Soup & Socks, a community kitchen that Mimi and her friends launched at the old Katsikas in 2015, Habibi Works is a child of change and adaptation.
In a conversation that will inspire everyone, from a volunteer on the ground to the manager of a large organisation, Mimi talks about what, we think, is the best volunteer-run project in Greece.
“Everything we do is about empowerment. We want people to be active, we want them to create solutions for their daily life challenges themselves.”
This is a wonderful testament to the frustrations and joys of trying new things, and creating something special, and genuinely empowering.
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Sales! Sales! Sales!
We hope that you have had a very merry Christmas, and that you ready to tackle the New Year with us to aid solidarity, and spread the message and love of the Refugee Support community.
We are sure that you have already been overwhelmed with e-mails and adverts about the hottest bargains, however, we think we have the best bargain of all.
This winter, we are able to purchase a warm coat and jumper set for £5 that will keep a Rohingya child warm during this festive but freezing period.
Start your bargain hunting today by clicking on one of the links below and typing ‘warm clothes’ in the comment box, and make the biggest save of all.
Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you next time.
Please contact us today at info@refugeesupport if you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or just want to get in touch.