On Monday, March 22, 2021, a fire ripped through a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Initial reports indicate the fire left 15 dead, as many as 400 people missing, hundreds injured, and over 50,000 people without homes. This comes on top of the ethnic cleansing that drove some 723,000 Rohingya Refugees to Bangladesh in August of 2017 and the recent military coup in Myanmar.
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People in Bangladesh were looking ahead to a bright future for their country, on the heels of remarkable economic growth for over a decade. But they now find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented global crisis. Ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic reach deep and were made only worse by Cyclone Amphan in May 2020 and then the devastating floods since July, putting Bangladesh on the brink of a severe humanitarian crisis. Many have lost their livelihoods during the lockdown, and significant parts of the population are at risk of possible starvation. They need our help, urgently.
We are a diverse international group of volunteers fundraising for Bangladesh, to help them fight hunger as they deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, an event we truly hope remains as rare if not rarer than once in a hundred years.
In addition to raising awareness and collecting donations, we care deeply about making the most of a donor’s money. So we have convened a team of students, academics, a professor specializing in economic development, experienced charity fundraisers and individuals with ground experience volunteering in Bangladesh to research and thoroughly vet NGOs and grassroots volunteer groups on behalf of the donors.
Our aim is to collect and distribute donations to those who are making the biggest difference in fighting hunger. We hope our commitment and expertise will allow donors to feel confident that every dollar they contribute through us will be used to its fullest. All members of our team are volunteering for free and we do not work for any of the NGOs or grassroots projects we are vetting.
We hope you will join us in our fight to thwart this humanitarian crisis and to help save lives from being lost to hunger.
Nourish Bangladesh provides a great opportunity for people living aboard and in Bangladesh to help those who are in need. I like how they give you the option to donate to registered and non registered ngos. So definitely go and check out the work they did so far and please donate as the covid situation's still really bad in Bangladesh. They need your help!