Since August 25, when violence escalated in Myanmar's Rakhine State, more than 640,000 children and adults from the ethnic Rohingya minority have sought refuge in Bangladesh fearing for their lives. Many of those crossing into Bangladesh arrive exhausted, sick and hungry after enduring days on the move.
Save the Children has a strong regional presence in south Asia and ongoing programs in Bangladesh and India, where displaced Rohingyas are also arriving, and inside Myanmar.
About Our Response
We have been responding to the needs of Rohingya children and families here since 2012, with education programs in two camps in the Cox's Bazar district. We are now scaling up lifesaving relief efforts to reach new arrivals in the area. We are distributing food, shelter supplies and kitchen kits and hygiene supplies. Our child-friendly spaces provide a safe space for children to play and be protected from psychosocial distress. We have also established two safe spaces in camps that provide 24-hour care and support to unaccompanied children until they can be reunited with their families.
In India, we work closely with the government to improve its capacity to support Rohingya children and families in Jammu, Kashmir, and Hyderabad.
Our on-ground activities include distribution of water tanks and hygiene kits and the construction of latrines to help prevent water-borne diseases.
Our activities are concentrated in the central Rakhine area, where we reach displaced people in camps in Sittwe and Pauktaw. We provide water filters, hygiene kits, latrines and construct hand-washing stations. We treat severely malnourished children. Pregnant women receive clean delivery kits. Over 10,000 girls and boys are enrolled in 52 temporary learning spaces and we train volunteer teachers in positive discipline, psychosocial support and ensuring that children are protected from harm.