Safe Haven for Rohingya Children

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Raised by 262 people in 6 months
In the past month we've witnessed the harrowing scenes of 600,000 Rohingya refugees traversing the monsoon rains and bloodied fields of Myanmar into Bangladesh’s make-shift and overcrowded refugee camps.

60%  of them are children, many of whom have been orphaned and have made the long trek alone.  Their malnourished and disfigured bodies tell stories of starvation, torture, and rape at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces since the latest round of violence broke out three weeks ago.  

Given the scale of death and devastation, the UN, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch have all called the violence nothing short of “ethnic cleansing.”

Impact on Children: 
The UN's children's agency (UNICEF) estimates that  60% -- over 270,000 -- of those who have fled the violence are children. 

They have witnessed their homes go up in flames, and their families and friends brutalized and murdered with guns and machetes. In their trauma they have traversed for days over the minefields of Myanmar to reach Bangladesh, which has opened its borders to provide shelter to them.

The ordeal of Rohingya children does not end here. Tens of thousnands are now in the midst of an "acute and severe" malnutrition; and they remain vulnerable to kidnapping, sex trafficking, exploitation, and the psychological impacts of having had their lives uprooted in the most violent ways.  

How we can help:
We can help make the lives a of these children a little better. The refugee camps in Bangladesh's border region are in dire conditions, and this initiative aims to help as many children remain safe, fed, and cared for through the ongoing crisis.

The Rohingya Children's Safe Haven Project is partnering with JAAGO, a trusted, award-winning, and internationally recognized organization to create safe-zones in / around Rohingya refugee camps where children will be provided the following:

1. Safe shelter: An administered area which will be staffed by trained, local professionals to care for children during the day.

2. Meals: Children will be provided nutritious, hot meals and snacks

3. A sense of normalcy: Life will never be the same, but the goal is to help keep the children's spirits strong by giving them a safe space to go every day, to eat, and keep them engaged in play.

This is just a start. We aim to carve out safe havens in the midst of the chaos where basic needs of safety, nourishment, and care are met for the children. The initiative will stay responsive as the situation unfolds and adapt to their needs accordingly.

About the Organizers:
The organizers of this campaign have extensive experience in government consulting, international development, social good causes, security, and media. We are fully transparent with allocation and use of funds, and will produce updates on their impact along the way. At any time you may feel free to request an update by emailing us directly.

-Korvi Rakshand: Social Entrepreneur and Founder of JAAGO Foundation

-Leone Lakhani: Journalist, Fmr Producer, CNN

-Kalsoom Lakhani: CEO, Founder, Invest-2-Innovate

-Zubair Masood: Consultant, International Finance Corporation, (IFC) 

-Jessica Carson: Associate Director at the American Psychological Association (APA)

-Sahar Hafeez:  Associate, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

-Yayo Grassi: Humanitarian, Chef

-Shihan Gene Dunn: Humanitarian and Martial Arist

- Kawsar Jamal: Public Safety, Security, and technology expert

-Samier Mansur: Contributor to Huffington Post , and Co-Founder, LiveSafe

About JAAGO:  
JAAGO is an internationally recognized, award winning Bangladeshi NGO that focuses on the education and well being of impoverished children. They have ten years of experience in Bangladesh providing education, food, and shelter for thousands of students. They have the logistical capability, staff, and training to undertake this initiative; and only 15% of the funds raised go to support administrative mobilization (which is an average that is far more efficient than the average NGO admin cost). 

We are in close personal contact with the founder of JAAGO, Korvi Rakshand, who is personally involved to ensure project success. You may read up on JAAGO's impact performances over the years on their Global Giving page, here .  

We know the work of JAAGO well, and have -- alongside many reputable donors and international agencies and governments (including the US embassy in Bangladesh) -- supported their organization and mission for 10 years. 

How the funds will be delivered:
The proceeds raised will be delivered directly to Jaago USA for a direct, safe, and secure transmission of funds.  We will provide updates to all supporters on use of funds, and provide an official receipt from the recipient once funds are recived by them.  

Thank you.
There is great urgency in the unfolding situation. It's time to show that the world stands by the Rohingya children in their time of need.

Thank you in advance for your generous support that will go a long way in bringing light and love to a part of the world that could benefit from it.

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Dear friends,

There's a GREAT reason to smile today- I am so happy to announce that we opened the doors to the Safe Haven today to hundreds of Rohingya refugee children! We have all worked with great passion and love to make this come to reality for the refugee children in the camps Bangladesh.

You can view 3 videos of our first day here, scroll through the images and press play to view: https://www.instagram.com/p/Be5sHaBjnbM/?hl=en&taken-by=samiermansur

To the hundreds of you who contributed to the cause, know that you have provided a safe space for these children to play and learn in after they fled the ravages of ethnic cleansing. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. We have been able to hire Rohingya refugee teachers, train the staff in trauma-informed therapy and learning methods, and have built a loving space where they will be cared for and can be a child again!

Thank you for being a part of this story, which has just begun. Every bit helps to keep the Safe Haven running for these hundreds of children daily. If you would like to be a part of this incredible journey with us, we welcome your support here - we can certainly use the support!

Here are some pics so you can see some of the children from the location, and the point on the map where the Safe Haven is located on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Thank you again,
Samier and Safe Haven Team
Location of the Safe Haven
Refugee Children at Save Haven location
Our team inspecting the Safe Haven site!
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Dear Safe Haven Supporters,

Thank you so much for your continued support. I wanted to share a couple updates to keep you posted on where things stand with our efforts to assist the Rohingya refugee children.

1. Funds transmitted:
All the funds generated from this online campaign have been sent to Jaago Foundation, and we have received confirmation of receipt.

2. Curriculum development:
Jaago is working on curriculum to keep the children engaged in learning and play. They are adapting the curriculum from the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) Safe Healing and Learning Spaces Toolkit, which aims to create a secure, caring and predictable place where children and adolescents living in conflict and crisis settings can learn, develop and be protected. The goal is to provide these services to 100-200 children daily.

3. Deployment on the ground and permissions:
Jaago team has deployed staff on the ground to scope out possible locations in/around the refugee camps to open the Safe Haven. They are currently in the process of obtaining government permissions to build the Safe Haven, and initiate services to the refugee children.

You may have heard that a deal between Bangladesh and Myanmar is in the works to relocate the refugees back to Myanmar. While this is welcome news, the reality is that any such relocation would take years to actualize. The Rohingya are likely to remain in the refugee camps in the meantime, and it's likely that large numbers -- if not most -- of the close to 1 million refugees in Bangladesh will remain there.

The situation on the ground is still grave and our support is very much needed. If you know anyone who would like to contribute to the campaign, we are sending over additional funds as they are received through this platform.

I will keep you posted as we move into the next phase! Thank you as always for your continued support.

Safe Havens Team
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*THANK YOU to the almost 200 of you you have rallied to the cause of protecting the Rohingya children! We are so moved by all of your compassion and generosity. We are so excited to put your lover and light in action now.

*THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET INVOLVED: and given the momentum of this campaign, we are extending it to $25,000 so we can serve more children for longer. In the meantime, the initial $20,000 will be sent to JAAGO Foundation so they can get started ASAP and make a positive impact in this humanitarian crisis.

Every person that gets involved will have their names framed in the Safe Haven. I know it's not why you contributed, but It's so important to all of us that those who benefit from your generosity know where the love came from, and to recognize your generosity in this small way. Those of you who contributed anonymously, we will respect your anonymity.

1. Help us get to $25,000 so we can support MORE children and serve in the camps for longer! ($20k funds us for 4-6 months for 100 children - with $25K we can go longer and provide for more children!)

2. We are sending the initial $20,000 to Jaago ASAP so they can get get going with the process of building the Safe Haven

3. Jaago is traveling to the region next week to identity the location where we are most needed to build!
Big thank you to everyone who has been working behind the scenes to make his happen!

More updates soon!
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