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Your support is making a huge difference, thank you.

Today, we are working in more than 130 countries – sheltering families, protecting the most vulnerable and giving children access to education. Here are the different ways in which we’ll put your donations to work:

Responding with life-saving support

People forced to flee often leave everything behind to make the dangerous journey to safety. Whenever and wherever people are in crisis, we lead efforts to rush in life-saving assistance, including shelter, food, water and medical care.

Safeguarding fundamental human rights

People forced to flee are often stripped of their fundamental human rights. We focus on safeguarding their rights by ensuring safety, documentation and access to education and skills. We work to ensure the stateless achieve their right to a nationality.

Building better futures

People forced to flee need a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. We help families and individuals return home when it is safe to do so or enable them to settle and make a positive contribution in a new community.

Your donations in action, the example of the Rohingya monsoon emergency in Bangladesh.

HK$500

can provide five Rohingya families with five sleeping mats.

HK$1,300

to deliver one shelter kit to a Rohingya family affected by the monsoon.

HK$3,000

can deliver enough tarpaulins to create immediate make-shift shelters to protect three families from the weather.

Storie from the field: meet Ayesha.

At just 19 years old, Ayesha is her siblings’ only caregiver.


Ayesha and her siblings lost their parents in Myanmar, and then were forced to flee brutal violence in 2017. Unfortunately, their situation isn’t unique.

 

Ayesha’s little sister Amina goes to a local learning centre for two hours each day. However, there isn’t space in the local classroom for her brother Rashed.

“I lost my mother when I was a child and I wasn’t able to study,” Ayesha explains. “But I will help my brother and sister as much as I can.”

 

Since 2017, more than 740,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh. As more than half of these refugees are children, UNHCR and our partners have been focusing on guaranteeing access to education. It’s a massive task, but one that’s vital in helping these children to shape better futures. So far, we have enrolled more than 62,000 children in education by constructing classrooms, hiring teachers and creating a range of clubs and learning centres.

 

In the last two years, UNHCR has recruited 1,257 teachers from both the Rohingya community and surrounding towns in Bangladesh. We have trained these committed educators in how to respond to this unique emergency, providing them with essential skills, such as psychosocial support practices.

 

However, due to funding shortages, more than a third of children under 15 lack access to education, while a staggering 91% of older children are unable to attend any educational facility at all.

 

UNHCR is committed to ensuring that there will be no lost generation of Rohingya learners – but the massive scope of the emergency and restrictive policies have limited children’s consistent and meaningful access to education.

 

“My little brother and sister are all I have, and the ones I am living for.”

 

Ayesha missed out on education herself but is committed to giving her brother and sister the best opportunities she can. She hopes that her sister will be able to continue her studies at the learning centre, and that her brother will be able to start attending class in the near future.

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