Charity of the week
Since August, more than half a million Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh to escape violence and persecution. Some 20,000 people arrive in camps each day needing food, water, and shelter. In response, BRAC (brac.net) has dispatched nearly 1,000 doctors, health workers, and volunteers to attend to refugees’ immediate needs. Founded in 1972 in Bangladesh, the relief organization, which typically focuses on education, health services, and microfinancing, has provided medicine, sleeping mats, and clothing to the Rohingya refugees, and built thousands of latrines and tube wells to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation in the camps. BRAC is also working to keep children in the camps safe from illness and exploitation by creating child-friendly spaces and mobile health clinics.
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