Bangladesh

Number of people served: 1,892

With its close proximity to Myanmar, Bangladesh has become a destination for Rohingya refugees fleeing religious and ethnic persecution at the hands of the Burmese security forces. Between August and December 2017, an estimated 800,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh. These men, women, and children live in a series of camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar.

Our work in Bangladesh

In March 2018, JRS began working with Caritas Bangladesh to set up and manage Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Cox’s Bazar. Six CFS are now operating, with plans to open a further five. These spaces provide Rohingya children with a safe haven where they can acquire informal education and psychosocial support.

See our work

Men carrying building materials
Men collecting bamboo to build shelters in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Rohingya children attending the activities of the JRS Child Friendly Spaces
Rohingya children attending the activities of the Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) run by JRS and Caritas. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Overview of the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar.
Overview of the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Refugee girls making handicrafts for younger children in the Child Friendly Spaces (CFS)
Teenage girls making handicrafts for younger children in the Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) of the Kutupalong refugee camp. (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Contact

JRS South Asia Regional Director

Fr Stan Fernandes SJ

stan.fernandes@jrs.net

Project locations

Cox’s Bazar

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