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Charity Right Bangladesh runs a ration program

Charity Right Bangladesh, an international social welfare organisation, is taking initiative to fight against coronavirus outbreak by ensuring and securing the daily essentials for underprivileged people of the country.

Charity Right is delivering ‘emergency food package’ to the daily wage earners, said a release.  They are providing ‘one month ration box’ to one lakh families with rice, lentil, potatoes, sugar, oil and salt for a four-member family need.

Charity Right Bangladesh chairman and country head Ashfaq Zaman spoke in the occasion.

Charity Right is simultaneously conducting a ‘corona prevention campaign’ for providing 50,000 coronavirus preventive safety kits to the underprivileged communities of the slum areas. They are also providing Personal Protection Equipment to their partner community clinics and hospitals and social workers in and outside of Dhaka.

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Charity Right initiates programmes for poor families

Charity Right Bangladesh, an international social welfare organization, is taking extensive initiative to fight against the recent corona virus outbreak by ensuring and securing the daily essentials for underprivileged people of the country.

To provide food security to the poverty-stricken families, Charity Right is delivering ‘Emergency Food Package’ to the daily wage earners. They are providing ‘One Month Ration Box’ to one lakh families with rice, lentil, potatoes, sugar, oil and salt for a four-member family’s need.

Charity Right Bangladesh Chairman and Country Head Mr. Ashfaq Zaman said, “Where some families have got the opportunity to spend their family time due to this lockdown, some families are striving hard to meet their daily family meal. Unlike other service holders, the livelihood of the millions of underprivileged day laborers and daily wage earners has become impossible to earn.”

He added, “In this situation, we need more social heroes and torchbearers to come in the frontline to assist the government to deal with the critical situation for safeguarding the vulnerable people. We are trying to combat the present crisis of underprivileged communities in Bangladesh with all our effort and limited resources.”

Besides, Charity Right is simultaneously conducting a ‘Corona Prevention Campaign’ for providing 50,000 Corona preventive safety kits to the underprivileged communities of the slum areas. They are also providing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to their partner community clinics and hospitals and social workers who are actively participating in the treatment of the COVID-19 patients inside and outside of Dhaka city.

Daraz Bangladdesh has also partnered with Charity Right to distribute Emergency Food pack among deprived families of slum dwellers across Bangladesh. Whereas, Charity Right is supporting A2i on their ‘General Awareness Campaign’ for raising awareness about coronavirus through animated informative video contents on various social media with the support of Cable News International (CNI).

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Charity Right Bangladesh helping people in need

Charity Right is an international social welfare organisation based in the United Kingdom. They are working closely with the UN and WHO to eradicate hunger and poverty worldwide. They are a prestigious member of the UNGC from Bangladesh, whose work is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The organisation operates their programmes in six different countries, including Greece, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Indonesia.

Their work in Bangladesh primarily revolves around the welfare of underprivileged communities. They deliver food to starving children and adults, supporting people in refugee camps, slums, jungles, and remote villages across the country.  They feed over 3000 underprivileged school children everyday through their school lunch programme.

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Apart from that, Charity Right Bangladesh also facilitates the education of such children through 52 schools, located near various slums. They provide school supplies to the children and carry out a range of distribution drives for blankets, warm clothes and food.  “Our organisation does not have a specific structure. We design our activities based on the requirements of our beneficiaries,” said Ashfaq Zaman, Chairman of Charity Right Bangladesh.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Charity Right Bangladesh started their ‘Corona Prevention Campaign’ to distribute safety kits among underprivileged communities. The kits, consisting of multi-vitamins, face masks and soap bars, will help people in overcrowded slums to look after themselves. As of this writing, Charity Right Bangladesh aims to deliver 50,000 safety kits in different areas.

The organisation, led by young volunteers are also operating the ‘Emergency Food Package’ campaign for labourers. Targeting 10,000 families, the team is distributing their ‘One Month Ration Box’ to vulnerable communities. Rickshaw pullers, hawkers, street-food sellers and other daily wage earners have no sources of income at the moment. The food boxes, comprised of rice, lentils, potatoes, sugar and salt, are meant to support them.

Charity Right Bangladesh is also providing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), imported from China, to their partner clinics, hospitals and volunteers, who are actively participating in the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the country. “We aim to facilitate the treatment services of COVID-19 patients, while ensuring the safety of the doctors, volunteers and health workers,” shared Ashfaq.

Moreover, the organisation is running their ‘General Awareness Campaign’, in association with Cable News International (CNI). Through the campaign, they are raising awareness on the pandemic with authentic and informative video content on social media.

The team is currently distributing COVID-19 Ramadan food packages among underprivileged communities. They are also providing iftar to around 100 people every day. Till now they have distributed over 750 iftar packages to children under the care of Charity Right.

Their future plans include providing over a thousand food packages to underprivileged communities every week, setting an initial target of 1 lakh families.

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Refugees Aren’t Going Anywhere. We Need Sustainable Solutions

Through a case study of the Rohingya in Bangladesh, Ashfaq Zaman calls for more innovation to find long-term solutions for refugee populations settling in developing countries.

In recent weeks, ad hoc refugee camps in Lebanon and Bosnia have been set ablaze. As well as the immediate tragedy of some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals being thrust into further hardship, it has reminded us how it is developing countries who host 84% of the world’s refugees.

Those countries, who often have their own challenges of overcrowding, poverty, and even intercommunal tensions, must work hard to create sustainable solutions for their growing refugee populations, without fear of reprisal from an international community that seems resigned to the status quo.

Lebanon is a typical example of these challenges. It has the largest per-capita population of Syrian refugees in the world. Last August’s blast in Beirut has stemmed the flow of grain to refugee camps – just another example of how a precarious state is often ill-equipped to host refugees. But it is those states who are relied upon to act as geographic buffers for Europe and other richer regions that refugees would prefer to be hosted in.

This creates impossible choices for host nations. They can either close their borders at the first sign of trouble in a neighbouring country, forcing them to witness at close quarters the slaughter of victim populations who often share an ethnicity, faith or language with their own people. This is to say nothing of the humanitarian obligation to provide sanctuary where possible.

Another option is to accept refugees for a short period of time, but force repatriation to their country of origin at the first opportunity. Since many refugees are fleeing intractable conflicts, this would be almost as unconscionable as keeping borders closed in the first place.

An ideal solution would be for the global humanitarian burden to be carried by those with the broadest shoulders, and for more refugees to be hosted in the world’s richest nations. After Chancellor Merkel welcomed a million migrants and refugees to Germany, there was a brief period of time when this appeared possible. Merkel, however, was swiftly punished for this at the polls.

The world’s leading refugee host nations will continue to be countries like Lebanon, Uganda, Turkey and Bangladesh – not Germany, Canada, or Sweden. For those countries in the global south this is a challenge, but also an opportunity.

By investing in the infrastructure that refugee populations need, they can face the reality that their presence is most likely long-term  (despite the initial reassurances of the international community for quicker solutions). 

Doing this sustainably means providing the essential services they need whilst carefully managing disruptions to host populations who, as Merkel and others have learned in recent years, have a limit to their generosity.

I have seen these challenges first-hand as a humanitarian worker in Bangladesh. When the Rohingya people of Myanmar’s Rakhine state were subject to genocide in 2017, approximately 800,000 Rohingya citizens of Myanmar fled the country, and arrived in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. This swiftly became the world’s largest refugee settlement. 

Although this camp was supposed to be temporary (and was built as such), there is still no end in sight, and recent policies from NGOs seem to accept that.

The conditions in Cox’s Bazar were bad even before the pandemic, with half of the camp’s 800,000 population lacking access to clean water and social distancing virtually impossible.

The Bangladesh government is in the process of providing a safe, sustainable space for the Rohingya, initially for 100,000 refugees, in the Southern Island of Bhasan Char, situated in the Bay of Bengal. 

The infrastructure on the island is vastly superior to that found in Cox’s Bazar, in line with international humanitarian standards. The Bangladesh government has invested a total of $350 million in the project, creating 14,000 solid cluster homes, as well as administrative buildings, schools, hospitals, and road and drainage networks. Facilities for agriculture have also been implemented on the island, providing the inhabitants with a path to become economically active and somewhat independent from aid. 

These agricultural employment options mirror the tech job creation for refugees that has been provided by the government’s a2i (Aspire to Innovate) project, allowing Rohingya to start micro businesses in the tech space and join Bangladesh’s flourishing freelancer community. 

Some voices in the international aid industry seem to prefer the status quo, raising concerns about the nature of the relocation, as well as the island’s flood risk. However, cyclones and flooding are a threat throughout Bangladesh – and this area’s flood defences are robust, making it much safer than Cox’s Bazar and allowing it to be flood proof amidst the recent cyclones in the region. 

There is now increased demand from Rohingya to move there, resulting in a second wave of resettlement this week, after the first wave at the beginning of December.

The Rohingya themselves know what we all know in Bangladesh: As long as developing nations are the front line in protecting the world’s most vulnerable people, governments will be driven to create novel, sustainable solutions so they can provide long-term life chances and not just short-term fixes.


COVID-19 Awareness Campaign

Creating awareness is the key to safeguard general people from the ramifications of Coronavirus. Charity Right is running the “COVID-19 Awareness Campaign” raising awareness through animated informative video contents in various media with the support of Cable News International (CNI) co-produced with A2I; a wing of the Bangladesh government. (Read More) -Kindly link it with the rest of the text

We disseminate awareness-raising videos amongst mass people in different media.

Objective: In this crisis of coronavirus, different media are giving misleading information which is misleading the general public. Therefore, we are creating awareness campaigns through authentic video content so the general public can get the proper information related to coronavirus and can cope up with the present situation.


PPE Distribution Campaign

We are providing PPEs (Personal Protection Equipment) directly imported from China to our partner community clinics and hospitals and to the volunteers and social workers who are actively participating in the treatment of the COVID-19 patients inside and outside of Dhaka city.

We have distributed PPEs to the health workers of Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital and Magda General Hospital in Dhaka. 

Objective: In Bangladesh, we have enough healthcare workers and medical care teams to give treatment to coronavirus patients but their health is at stake because of the scarcity of safety equipment such as PPEs. Our initiative of providing PPEs can facilitate the treatment service to the coronavirus patients ensuring the safety of the doctors and the health workers.


COVID Prevention Campaign

Charity Right is conducting the “COVID-19 Prevention Campaign” providing 50,000 “Corona preventive safety kits” to the underprivileged communities and to our school children. This kit contains anti-pollution face masks, multi-vitamins, antiseptic soaps, disinfectants.

Safety kits have been distributed in Hazaribag, Rayerbazar, Uttara, Dhanmondi, Mirpur, Support, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Barisal, Patuakhali and we are in the way of distributing more.

Objective: In the slum areas where they hardly follow the rules of hygiene and sanitation which are promoting the growth of different disease occurring microorganisms including coronavirus. Moreover, they can’t afford and have little access to hygiene and safety equipment. Our campaign will provide the underprivileged communities of the slum areas and the slum schools with the necessary tools to stay safe in the crisis of COVID-19.


COVID-19 Emergency Food Package

Charity Right is delivering an “Emergency Food Package” to the daily wage earners and day laborers targeting 1 lac families providing with “Monthly Ration Box”. The rations box contains adequate amounts of rice, lentil, potatoes, sugar, salt & dry relief foods sufficient for 4-5 people in a family for 1 month.

We distribute ration boxes to the destitute families in different districts of Bangladesh. The places that we have already covered are Hazaribag, Rayerbazar, Uttara, Support, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Barisal, Patuakhali and we are on the way to distributing more this month.

Objective: As the daily activities of general people have stopped due to the corona crisis, most of the daily wage earners in Bangladesh such as rickshaw pullers, hawkers, street sellers can barely earn their livelihood.  Therefore, they are suffering their worst days of extreme poverty due to the present situation in Bangladesh. In this crisis, Charity Right’s monthly ration box can aid their sufferings.