Humanitarian Assistance

Since August 25, 2017, almost 750,000 Rohingya refugees have taken shelter in Bangladesh to escape persecution in their own country, bringing the refugee population in Cox's Bazar to around 1.1 million. During the reporting years, Bangladesh has had to bear the greatest impact of the worst humanitarian crisis in recent times. Similarly, the adjacent host communities have also become vulnerable with losing of their lands, sudden rise of the living costs, and massive degradation of the environment. NGO Forum has responded significantly with the support from the development partners like UNHCR, UNICEF, AAR Japan, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and ensured the quality WASH services including solid waste and fecal sludge management, livelihood support for the vulnerable communities, provided Biogas sanitation and cooking facilities. It has also provided the Protection Supports for Rohingya Refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar to mitigate the risks against any kind of violence that may a ect the lives of vulnerable women and children of the Rohingya community. NGO Forum’s intervention for reducing Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Child Protection initiatives in Rohingya Refugee camp area was significant during the reporting period. The major programmatic operations under its protection initiatives were number of awareness raising on protection issues in refugee context and psychosocial support for the identified trauma & necessitous victims, mainly targeting children, adolescents and women.

This activity was mainly associated with support to cases by providing Psychological First Aid (PFA), Counseling, di erent kinds of therapeutic sessions (Work therapy), Safety planning with the beneficiary and parents as well in case of children, referral support and establish linked the case and concerned service center. The ‘Women Friendly Space’ and the Child protection sub-sector services through ’Child Friendly Space’ complemented in the interventions. NGO Forum has provided dignified sanitation and cooking facilities in the Rohingya camps by installing forty latrine blocks of five to eight cabins, each connected to twelve sets of biogas plants with a kitchen. The biogas plants consist of a biogas reactor, a hydraulic chamber and a slurry pit. This added a high value given the negative impact of wood cutting and use of firewood where risk of harassment, erosion and smoke emission when cooking reduced. In the early periods of Rohingya Refugees arrival in 2017, the emergency requirement was to improve the access of safe water and sanitation facilities of the makeshift settlements. The host community was also provided by better construction practices for tube wells and by the water distribution network. Though water scarcity is acute at Teknaf but NGO Forum has provided chlorinated water through a Piped Water Supply System along with earlier measures to distribute water purification tablets to treatment at household level and promoting good hygiene practices through di erent promotional activities. During the reporting period, di erent types and number of latrines, Bath house, garbage pits, landfill sites, faecal sludge treatment plant, solid waste management facilities and other WASH facilities was constructed including operation & maintenance of di erent facilities. NGO Forum has installed Anaerobic Baed Reactor System to ensure safely managed of Faecal Sludge, which is in operation since 2018 to tackle Faecal Sludge generated from pit latrines and septic tanks. Under the goal of ‘Protection and mixed solutions’ NGO Forum has ensured that people lives in satisfactory conditions of sanitation and hygiene, Supply of potable water increased or maintained, Peaceful co-existence with local communities. NGO Forum’s interventions has also addressed the vulnerable people who were required special attentions like people with disabilities, elderly, pregnant women. 

 

Initiatives taken for Child Protection

  • Reduction of armed violence
  • Reduction of Child labor and Child marriage
  • Protect from Sexually abuse
  • Child protection and information communication technologies
  • Protect from recruitment by armed force or armed group
  • Child tra­cking
  • Care for the child without parent and children with disabilities
  • Child friendly spaces
  • Education for Children

 

Initiatives taken for the protection of Aged people

  • Taken them safely in a safe place in the emergency situation
  • Ensure that they are not hungry
  • Proper shelter for them
  • Open space for recreation

 

Initiatives taken for Women Protection

  • Reduction of Gender Based Violence
  • To enable them to understand the connections between poverty, vulnerability and gender
  • Orient them to develop strategies and ways of working which would facilitate women’s empowerment
  • Make them understand on how structural discrimination, embedded in social, political, ideological, economic and cultural institutions results in the widespread violation of women’s rights
  • To foster a commitment to the justice and necessity of the rights based approach
  • Physical protection, security and dignity of person
  • Basic needs - food, water, healthcare, sanitation, shelter
  • Economic right to livelihood and to support one’s family
  • Social and cultural rights - access to education and freedom to practice culture etc.
  • Call to ensure safe water, sanitation for unprivileged people

 

Sani Mart Centre

NGO Forum has involved the MHM volunteers in producing sanitary napkins, conduct MHM sessions, house hold visit and distribute pads among the menstruating girls and women. The centre is equipped of cotton refining machine, autoclave machine, sealing machine, sewing machine, organic cotton for pad, net cotton, gadar.

 

Support to existing Sani Marts

  • Training and Refresher training on low cost napkin production & market promotion
  • Upgradation of solar power system of Sanimart Production Center
  • Regular Operation & Maintenance of Learning Center & Child Friendly Space Materials (Cloths, Cottons and others) for the production of under garments and napkin
  • Regular Operation & Maintenance of Sanimart Production Center

Projects related to Humanitarian Assistance

Serial No Name/Title of the Project Duration Year Donor / Partners Thematic Area More
1 Improved WASH services to the Myanmer Refuges Population in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar District February 2019 - January 2020 2019 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
2 Implementation of Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) in Bangladesh under GoB-UNICEF project Jan'19 - Dec'21 2019 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
3 Maintaining Access to Safe Water and Sanitation for Rohingyas in Bangladesh January 2020 - December 2020 2019 UNHCR Humanitarian Response Details
4 WASH and Protection Support Program for Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Cox's Bazar Jun'2018 - June 2019 2018 Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) Humanitarian Response Details
5 Improved WASH Services to the Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Cox's Bazar District 17 January 2018 ? 16 January 2019 2018 Unicef-Bangladesh Humanitarian Response Details
6 Improved WASH Services for the Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Cox?s Bazar January 2018 - January 2019 2018 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
7 Improved WASH Services for the Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Cox?s Bazar January 2018- January 2019 2018 Unicef Humanitarian Response Details
8 Improving WASH Services for Rohingya new arrivals and Host Communities in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox's Bazar district July 2017 - December 2017 2017 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
9 Provision of Life-Saving WASH services to the Rohingya Refugees Population in Ukhia Upazilas, Cox's Bazar District September 2017 - January 2018 2017 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
10 WASH in emergency response of cyclone MORA in Cox's Bazar July 2017- Oct 2017 2017 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
11 Improved WASH services for Rohingya new arrivals and host communities in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox's Bazar district July 2017 to December 2017 2017 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
12 Provision of life-saving WASH services to the Rohingya Refugees Population in Ukhiya Upazila, Cox?s Bazar District September to December 2017 2017 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
13 Maintaining access to WASH in Nayapara and Kutupalong Refugee camps in Bangladesh 01 Jan 2017- 31 Dec2017 2017 UNHCR Humanitarian Response Details
14 Maintaining Access to Safe Water and Sanitation in Nayapara and Kutupalong Refugee Camps in Bangladesh March 2016 - December 2016. 2016 UNHCR Humanitarian Response Details
15 Improving WASH Services for Rohingya Host Communities in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox's Bazar district February 2016 to June 2016 2016 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
16 WASH in Emergency Response of Cyclone of ROANU in Bhola, Barguna, Cox's Bazar and Chittagong August 2016 - October 2016 2016 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
17 WASH in Emergency Response of Cyclone of MORA in Cox's Bazar July 2016 - October 2016 2016 UNICEF Humanitarian Response Details
18 Maintaining access to safe water and sanitation in Nayapara and Kutupalong Refugee camps in Bangladesh 01 Mar2016- 31 Dec 2016 2016 UNHCR Humanitarian Response Details
19 Oxfam Humanitarian Capacity Building Project (OHCB) October 2015 - March 2016 2015 Oxfam Humanitarian Response Details
20 Improving access to health and WATSAN services along with community awareness/empowerment in Cox's Bazar September 2015 - June 2016. 2015 IOM Humanitarian Response Details
21 Emergency provision of continued Water Sanitation and Hygiene services for the Undocumented Myanmar Nationals Apr 2014 to Aug2015 2014 International Organization for Migration Humanitarian Response Details
22 ECHO Health Care Program (WASH Component) Jan-Dec 2014 2014 ECHO & Muslim Aid Humanitarian Response Details
23 Integrated humanitarian Assistance Programme for Vulnerable Groups January 2013 - December 2013 2013 ECHO & Muslim Aid UK Humanitarian Response Details
24 Water and Environmental Sanittion Programme for Rohingya Refugees January 1992 - November 1993 1992 OXFAM (UK) Humanitarian Response Details