December 6, 2017
By Janice Biehn
As the devastating stories of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh continue to emerge, PWRDF is pleased to report more than $46,000 in donations have been received during the federal government matching period which ended November 28. These funds will defray grants already given and enable PWRDF to continue to support ongoing programs, and the matching funds will go to the federal government’s Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, to be disbursed accordingly.
What we’ve done so far:
Signed a Joint Statement – Concerned Canadian civil society organizations, including PWRDF, issued this joint statement through the Canadian Council for International Cooperation:
Canadian Foodgrains Bank joint response – PWRDF contributed $20,000 from our equity in the Foodgrains Bank to a World Renew led project targeting 22,348 households (134,000 people) in Jamtoli Camp, Palongkali Union, Ukhia Sub District. The local partner is Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh. The response is well coordinated with World Food Programme, food security cluster and the government of Bangladesh. The food basket includes 50 kg rice, 4 kg oil, 8 kg lentils, 2 kg sugar, 1 kg salt. WFP is distributing high-energy biscuits as well. The project has six bi-weekly distributions over the past three months and will continue for three more bi-weekly distributions.
ACT Alliance Appeal in Rakhine Conflict – PWRDF contributed $20,000 to the ACT Alliance appeal but humanitarian activities in northern and central Rakhine were suspended due to the security situation. However, agencies such as Lutheran World Federation have recently received travel approvals from the government to visit and work in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps in Central Rakhine. The INGO forum and ACT Myanmar Forum have been engaging with senior government officials both at Rakhine and Nay Pi Taw (the capital of Myanmar). Recently, Christian Aid officials met the State Secretary and senior officials of Rakhine government and raised the issue of access and sought the support of the government to reach out to the neediest.
ACT plans to raise $1.5 million US for two years starting from November 1, 2017 to provide relief and recovery assistance to people displaced by conflict in Rakhine State, as well as affected host communities.
ACT Alliance Appeal for Emergency Assistance to Rohingya Community in Bangladesh –
PWRDF has contributed $20,000 to Rohingya relief through ACT Alliance. ACT Bangladesh Forum along with their national partners will assist over 6,600 households (39,600 individuals) in Bangladesh by providing shelter, food security, protection, psychosocial support, livelihood recovery, cash, health care and sanitation and hygiene programs.