How we're responding
Hundreds of children arrived at Cox’s Bazar unaccompanied, putting them at risk of human trafficking, sexual abuse, child labour and child marriage. The lack of access to clean water and toilets also left young children in particular at risk from waterborne and contagious diseases.
Plan International has worked in Bangladesh for 23 years. When the crisis began, our teams were on the ground to support the humanitarian response, focusing on keeping children safe and protected, and providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
How your donations will help
Thanks to your generous donations, our teams will be able to:
- identify and document unaccompanied, separated and orphaned children
- provide psychosocial support to girls, boys and their families through child-friendly spaces, community support groups and psychological first aid
- distribute emergency supplies including hygiene kits, jerry cans and buckets to provide safe drinking water
- provide 1,500 emergency community toilets and 350 clean bathing spaces, reducing health risks related to poor sanitation.
WHY EVERY TOILET MATTERS IN AN EMERGENCY
When thousands of people are displaced, with makeshift camps likely to be their home for weeks and months to come, having access to a decent toilet is vital for keeping them safe and protected from diseases.
Thanks to your support for our Rohingya emergency appeal, and the help of our local partners on the ground, we’ve been setting up essential WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programmes.
A perilous journey
Our teams are hoping to reach 90,000 refugees, and are working to meet the specific needs of girls and young women like 16-year-old Asma.
Asma arrived in Balukhali camp after fleeing Myanmar with her family. She was exhausted by the time she reached the camp, telling us:
"There was fear, rain and constant walking. I felt like dying at times."