TopicUK charity of the year and partner, humanitarian charity Penny Appeal have responded with urgency to the Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar, where tens of thousands of new refugees have been taken into established camps that have been housing Rohingya since the 1990s but are now at breaking point. Thousands of people are sheltering in emergency tents or even out in the open, wherever they can find space, with more arriving daily.
Penny Appeal has a small group heading to the crisis hit country this weekend who will focus on delivering aid in the border areas of District Cox Bazar and Sub-districts of Ukiya and neighbouring suburbs.
The charity and their partners will prioritise and co-ordinate three key areas of critical need, which means vulnerable refugees will be provided with key nutrients, hygiene products and medical supplies. There will be a communal kitchen that will provide meals to newly arriving refugees and tents and temporary shelters, that will be timber framed, Bamboo matt and corrugated iron structures based on normal standard designs. Penny Appeal have already built shelters in Myanmar and the model will be replicated to support the recent influx of refugees, of which it is believed there are an estimated 164,000 as we went to press, but growing daily, this is a more accurate number than the 87,000 first thought.
Penny Appeal will also ensue the provision of clean water and distribute food kits which contain rice, flour, cooking oil, sugar, potato, salt and onion. Hygiene kits are another priority for many of the refugees and packs contain toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, washing detergent, sanitary products, underwear and a bucket.
Other essentials the team will distribute are mats, blankets, mosquito nets and cooking implements and of course lifesaving medical assistance to the injured, critically ill, pregnant women and other vulnerable community members.
If you would like to learn more, or find out how you can help, call Penny Appeal today on 03000 11 11 11.