On 5th October 2017 the Big Give launched an emergency match fund to support relief efforts for Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The appeal raised £242,446 thanks to generous public donations which were doubled by philanthropists, trusts and foundations, including the Reed Foundation.
The match fund was set up in collaboration with the Disasters Emergency Committee who launched a televised appeal to raise awareness and funds for the crisis. Seven charities working directly with Rohingya refugees participated in the campaign: the DEC, Care International UK; British Red Cross; CAFOD; Christian Aid; UNICEF UK and Medair UK.
Why your donation is important
Over half a million Rohingya people have been driven out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state by hostility and violence that the UN has described as ethnic cleansing. Most are fleeing to already overcrowded camps in Bangladesh where they arrive exhausted, traumatised and hungry. 60% of those refugees who arrive in Bangladesh are children according to preliminary data.
The Bangladesh government is working hard to provide urgently needed medical care, shelter, water and food. However, they are struggling to support the increasing numbers of refugees crossing the border whilst also responding to devastation caused by recent floods and landslides in the country.
More humanitarian assistance is urgently needed. Funds raised through the Big Give crisis appeal will contribute vital supplies, resources and medical care for Rohingya people in the Rakhine State of Myanmar and in Bangladesh.
While match funding ended on Monday 23rd October you can still make an unmatched donation to any of the participating charities here.
£30 could provide emergency shelter for one family
£50 could provide 10 families with hygiene essentials
£100 could provide 2 families with food for a month