#MyRohingya Campaign [REPORT]

Date / Duration: 16 September 2017
TOTAL FUNDS: 105,290.21 ZAR

65,040.21 ZAR to al Imdaad Foundation (AIF) for meals to Rohingya refugees
65,040.21 ZAR – Lillaah

40,250.00 ZAR to Mèdicins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for Diphtheria Intervention
17,200.00 – Lillaah
23,050.00 – Zakaah

Colours of Hope held a Womens Fundraising Lunch for Rohingya Relief on 05 November 2017. 210 ladies attended the event. Speakers included Shabnam Mayet- Advocate and Spokesperson for Protect The Rohingya, Zeenat Adam- International Relations and member of Protect the Rohingya, Ludivine Houdet, Head of Resource Mobilisation of MSF Southern Africa and journalist and Co Director of Salaamedia- Azhar Vadi.
A total of 65,040.21 ZAR was donated on 20 December 2017 to the Al Imdaad Foundation who reported thus:

Following the most recent rounds of violence on the historically persecuted Rohingya minority in Myanmar beginning August 25th, 2017, more than 650 000 refugees have fled across the border into Bangladesh bringing the number of Rohingya in the country close to a million. The newly displaced refugees are living in very poor conditions in overcrowded camps in and around the Cox’s Bazar area in Southern Bangladesh. Most refugees left home with little but the clothes on their backs and have been eking out an existence in the camps living hand to mouth often solely reliant on humanitarian distributions. Al-Imdaad Foundation has been conducting projects for the benefit of the refugees since early September 2017 and the current project brought about by generous donations from your organisation is part of this initiative. The project aimed to provide nutrition for Rohingya refugees who have been struggling with hunger and inadequate food security.

09 January 2018
This project involved the purchase and slaughter of cows and the preparation of a fresh curried meal for Rohingya refugees in various camps and settlements around Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
The slaughtered cows were cooked in large pots on open flame fires as per the local method. The food was then packaged into individual serving containers and distributed along with freshly prepared rice. The meals were distributed hot to refugees from the Gundum (Camps 1, 2 and 3) and Balukhali Camp.
The generous contribution from Colours of Hope was able to provide fresh, hot, wholesome meals for approximately 3,202 individuals at a cost of R20.00 per meal. Many refugees have been struggling with basic nutrition so the opportunity to have a proper meal was greatly appreciated by the beneficiaries.

Close to the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar district, MSF runs a clinic offering comprehensive basic and emergency healthcare, as well as inpatient and laboratory services to Rohingya refugees and the local community.

On 5 December 2017, a Market Day Fundraiser for Rohingya Relief was held by COH and the support of Volunteer, Rubeena Jadwat of Newcastle, KZN. Proceeds of the event was donated to MSF on 27 December 2017.
A total of R40,250.00 was donated to Mèdicins Sans Frontieres/MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and used towards the MSF Diphtheria Intervention.

Diphtheria, a disease long forgotten in most parts of the world, is re-emerging in Bangladesh, where more than 655,000 Rohingya have sought refuge since 25 August 2017, following increased violence in Myanmar.Diphtheria is a contagious bacterial infection that often causes the buildup of the sticky grey-white membrane in the throat or nose. The infection is known to cause airway obstruction and damage to the heart and nervous system. The emergence and the spread of diphtheria show how vulnerable Rohingya refugees are. To contain the spread of the diseases, the most important measure is to ensure vaccination coverage in the shortest possible time. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with the support of other entities, started a mass vaccination campaign, which MSF have been supporting by setting up fixed points in our health posts. Ludivine Houdet, Head of Resource Mobilisation of MSF Southern Africa-
“The funds of Colours of Hope has been key to support MSF Diphtheria intervention. As of 21 December, MSF has seen more than 2000 suspected cases in its health facilities and the number continues to rise each day. The majority of patients are between 5 and 14 years old. By the end of January 2018, MSF teams treated more than 4,000 cases of diphtheria, the majority of patients were aged 5-14 years old”.