Help Save Children in Myanmar
Since August 2017, 700,000 Rohingya children and families have fled to Bangladesh following an alarming escalation of violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. Now over 370,000 of Myanmar’s children are living in overcrowded refugee camps. Relying on food rations to survive, 40% of Rohingya child refugees suffer from stunting due to malnutrition. With little protection and at heightened risk of disease, abuse and exploitation, these children need your help to survive.
Save the Children continues to work in central Rakhine State, providing critical education, child protection and nutrition programs to families and children in Myanmar.
Some 60,000 Rohingya children have fled horrific violence in Myanmar, seeing things that no child should ever see. The situation in refugee camps is desperate due to overcrowding, food rationing and rampant disease. And the horrors and systematic rights violations continue for the 600,000 Rohingya still estimated to be living in Myanmar. Rohingya children cannot become a lost generation. Your help is desperately needed to help these children survive.
The international community must find a long-lasting solution to the crisis that allows for safe, dignified, informed and voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees. All perpetrators of violence must be held accountable in line with national and international laws. While these children wait for justice, the situation is becoming even more urgent. Humanitarian funding for the Rohingya crisis is drastically underfunded.
We urgently need your support to save vulnerable Rohingya children.
The Challenges for Children in Myanmar
Suffering from violence and extreme poverty, lacking access to education, healthcare and protection — the children of Myanmar are counting on your help.*
- 26% of people live in poverty
- 1 child in 20 dies before their 5th birthday - 7 times that of the United States
- 29% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
- 19% of school-age children are out of school
- 10% of children are engaged in child labor
- 12% of girls age 15-19 are married
- 1 in 34 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
- 28% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
How You’re Changing Children’s Lives
Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Myanmar is making a difference.
Save the Children has a long history working in Myanmar. Our focus includes supporting families and children living in camps in Sittwe and Pauktaw in central Rakhine State. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, our teams have helped over 350,000 children since the start of the crisis.
Working across all the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, our teams distribute food to almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees on a regular basis, providing families with items like rice, lentils and oils. We have set up ten emergency posts throughout the camps allowing our highly trained health professionals to see about 6,000 people each week.
Through the generous support of our donors, Save the Children opened a new Primary Health Care Center that provides 24/7 in-patient care and will serve a population of 20,000 people.
We are also working with Rohingya community volunteers to promote hygiene practices and raise awareness of the health services. We have set up over 90 child- and girl-friendly spaces, supporting nearly 40,000 children safe places to play, recover and be children again. We are providing children with vital psychosocial support and making referrals to mental health and psychosocial support services, and are running over 100 learning centers.
- 84,582 children were protected from harm
- 81,246 children were supported in times of crisis
- 502,491 children had a healthier start in life
- 14,857 children received vital nourishment
- 79,412 parents were empowered to provide for children
How to Help Children in Myanmar
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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
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