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  • Writer's pictureKay Sandberg

When Disaster Strikes: Hope for Bangladesh...

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

Fire devastates already-traumatized Rohingya community

Network Partner Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh is supporting relief efforts after a devastating fire in the Rohingya refugee camp March 22nd. It’s the largest refugee camp in the world, and houses about 800,000 displaced people who fled genocide in Myanmar. 45,000-50,000 people are now without shelter, 15 deaths have been confirmed, and 400 people are still missing—a truly tragic turn of events.

Hope Foundation’s Emergency Response Team is providing primary care from a tent, and is distributing food, water, blankets and other basic items. They are handling some of the overflow from two camp hospitals that were destroyed, while continuing services for birthing mothers and children, and other women’s health services at the Field Hospital and the hospital in nearby Cox’s Bazar.

Another important aspect of Hope Foundation's work is to help relieve trauma experienced by the Rohingya community, particularly women, girls and children who survived the genocide in Myanmar. Hope is focusing on training their midwives, who are the first service providers new patients meet. They have joined hands with UNFPA (UN Population Fund) and other international NGO's to provide counseling and psychiatric services, including relief from sexual assault experiences. And they are actively training new mental health counselors on protocols at their Women's Health Field Hospital.

GFH volunteers visit safe spaces for women & girls

Our partner Hope urgently requests financial support to continue and expand services & staff training: Your donation is 100% tax deductible in the U.S.

Thank you for your generosity and prayers for all people living in southern Bangladesh!

With love as the force,


PS Would you please spread the word about the urgent need now for monetary contributions via Hope's website, and make a donation yourself: Thanks!

This post was composed on the unceded lands of the Shasta, Takelma, and many other recognized and unrecognized tribes who have lived in the Southern Oregon region. Let us do what we can to dismantle systems of oppression that have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands and denied their rights to self-determination.



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