HEKS/EPER addresses the needs of Rohingya and the Host Community
Humanitarian Aid in Bangladesh
In Myanmar, the Rohingya are systematically oppressed and discriminated against. Triggered by violence in August 2017, 740,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District, adding to hundreds of thousands that have arrived in the previous decades. There, they live in overpopulated camps and are mostly dependent on support, as Bangladesh neither grants them access to the labor market, nor the right of free movement within the country. The Rohingya will only return to Myanmar voluntarily if their safety and the legal situation have been improved significantly. In the joint response of the Government and various humanitarian actors, HEKS/EPER projects focus mostly on WASH and livelihood needs. The presence of the Rohingya also negatively impacts the living conditions of the already comparatively poor Bangladeshi population living near the camps. Therefore, HEKS/EPER also implements projects for the host community.
Emergency Shelter Preparedness and Response
HEKS improves the living conditions in Jamtoli Camp. In cooperation with IOM, HEKS supports the entire population with tarpaulins, so that they can repair their shelters during the monsoon 2019. The most vulnerable households receive additional support to uprade their shelters.
HEKS/EPER's ongoing project supports Rohingya with tree and vegetable cultivation to improve nutrition. Newly constructed drainage systems increase the Rohingya's safety during the monsoon. A comprehensive project improves Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the host community.
While Cyclone Fani was still approaching the Bay of Bengal, HEKS/EPER distributed sandbags and ropes allowing 4000 Rohingya families to tie down their roofs to the ground. Luckily, the cyclone finally did not hit the camp. This intervention was supported by IOM.
Wash Fit Trainings
Funded by WHO, HEKS-EPER provides training to staff of the Health Facilities in Cox's Bazar to improve the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Waste Management.