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Right now, there is growing concern for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children as coronavirus continues to spread globally. For those already in desperate situations the challenge couldn’t be greater. We’re particularly concerned for those in crowded refugee camps, without access to soap and running water and where social distancing isn’t an option.
If we don’t act fast, the death rate in places like this could be devastatingly high and thousands of children could be orphaned. Our experience shows that girls are often worst affected during health crises, facing increased threats of sexual violence, meaning we have to scale up our child protection services. It’s also vital that we provide food for those in need.
We launched our rapid response as the UK entered lockdown and have been working with the other 13 charities of the Disasters Emergency Committee on a far-reaching response. But as our fears are realised for the world's most vulnerable children, we still urgently need your help to stop the spread of the virus. We’re immensely grateful for any support you can give.
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In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent for this appeal, any additional funds will be spent wherever the need is greatest.
Why Vulnerable Children are at risk
Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is home to 1.2 million people, including almost 860,000 Rohingya refugees. Children and their families are settled in tents, with over 40,000 people per square kilometer – more than 40 times the average population density for Bangladesh.
One of the daily realities in the camps in Bangladesh is that women and children go to collect water. They’re going to joint areas, so the possibility for social distancing just doesn’t exist.
To deal with the recent outbreak of coronavirus in Cox’s Bazar, Plan International are distributing hand washing kits, ramping up child protection work and providing information sessions on coronavirus.
Committed to Child Sponsorship
Our child sponsorship programme is more important than ever right now. We urgently need more sponsors to help fund projects that will help children to reach their potential during this difficult time and into the future.
To find out more about becoming a sponsor visit our child sponsorship page >
If you’re already one of our amazing sponsors, our coronavirus FAQs for sponsors can be found here >
We’re closely monitoring the situation to ensure we can respond if sponsored children are impacted by the virus. If a sponsored child has been affected, we will share any information we can with their sponsor.