Sep 28, 2020

Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic Together

Fighting The Pandemic Together
Fighting The Pandemic Together

The whole world is now battling against the deadly COVID-19 disease and the marginalized community among us has been affected the most during this pandemic. The first confirmed coronavirus case in Bangladesh was reported in March 2020. Almost six months have passed till then, and almost 3.5 lakh cases have been detected and approximately 5000 people have died. To control the community transmission of this disease, our government declared a lockdown across the nation from 23 March, which is still ongoing. All the educational institutions have been shut down and exams have been postponed. The future of these students has met an uncertainty but they are not the ones who have been affected worst in this lockdown.

JAAGO Foundation has always dreamt of a better tomorrow, where everyone’s rights will be ensured, no matter what economic background they hail from. We have always been enthusiastic to work for the betterment of our marginalized community. Giving education to the underprivileged children and working for Youth Empowerment has always been our major focus. But in this tough time, we have gathered to reach people in need with our helping hands, and hence, we have created a fund to distribute relief among people, affected by this pandemic.

 

Bangladesh Fighting with COVID-19

According to the experts, the second wave of COVID-19 has already hit the country. So there is a chance of an increase in the detection of new cases and deaths due to the infection as well. Our government has already taken the necessary initiatives to tackle the upcoming surge.

Being a developing country, a lot of people in Bangladesh are living below the poverty line. These marginalized people are mostly day laborers, who have lost their jobs in this lockdown. Our government has provided them with aid to fulfill their basic needs but that is not enough. Meanwhile, lots of organizations have come forward to help them, but due to the lack of proper supervision, often people who are actually in need of help are getting deprived. And this is what makes JAAGO different from other organizations. We have conducted a long screening process to reach families who are in actual need.

 

Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic

JAAGO has already conducted its relief distribution project in ten districts, including Dhaka, Chattogram, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Madaripur, Rajshahi, Habiganj, Bandarban, and Teknaf. Many lower-middle-class families around us are facing financial problems, as their breadwinners have lost their jobs during this pandemic. And through this program, JAAGO has reached out to these families and helped them put food on their table.

 

‘Volunteer for Bangladesh’, a wing of JAAGO Foundation, worked tirelessly to distribute our food packages among these lower-middle-class families in different parts of the country. Our volunteers strictly maintained social distancing while executing this program. They had talked with the locals as well, to raise awareness among them about the dos and don’ts during this pandemic. We performed our distribution in these districts, using our schools as relief centers. 

 

The biggest challenge of this program was to find out the Middle-Income Families who were in actual need, not the illegal beneficiaries. To make the process transparent, we took help from social media, distributed online-forms, took interviews from the candidates through phone calls, and verified their information. After all these procedures, we were able to create a database of families who were in need of our help. Keeping the identities of these people private, we sent relief packages to them. Meanwhile, during this pandemic, Bangladesh was affected by the super cyclone Amphan and monsoon flood, which affected a large number of our people. JAAGO Foundation came forward to help the affected ones this time as well. 

Around 96,000 people have already benefited from our COVID-19 relief program. With your love and support, JAAGO has brought smiles on their faces through this program.

 

Gratitude Note

Today’s world is facing the biggest crisis of this century.  We have to fight this battle together to win against this invisible enemy. Along with our volunteers, JAAGO is determined to move forward overcoming all the obstacles. This journey couldn’t have been possible without our NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our constant companions in fulfilling this goal. We express our heartfelt appreciation for your kindness. It is your love and support which inspires us to move forward and do better.

Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic
Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic
Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic
Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic
Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic
Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic
Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic
Relief Distribution by JAAGO In This Pandemic
Sep 14, 2020

An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile

An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile

The Rohingya crisis is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of this century. The government of Bangladesh has already taken many initiatives to secure the lives of one million Rohingyas who have been staying here as refugees for the past three years. Amid all this chaos, maybe we are forgetting that a whole new generation of Rohingya children has been missing out on their childhood. They have hardly got any incentives for a good life, let alone education facilities. For introducing them with a better childhood, JAAGO Foundation started its Safe Haven Project (SHP) for Rohingya children back in 2018. JAAGO has always visioned of a better tomorrow, where every child will get a chance to fulfill their colorful dreams, no matter what background they come from.

The Safe Haven Project aims to provide these disenfranchised children with a safe abode, where they can heal from the trauma of this genocide, where they can experience a normal childhood; where they can participate in various social activities & learning processes.

 

Who are the Rohingya people?

The Rohingya are an ethnic group from Myanmar, the majority of whom are Muslim, unlike the other Burmese people, who mostly practice Buddhism. They lived in the northern part of the Rakhine State for generations. In the 2014’s census in Myanmar, they were not officially recognized as an ethnic group and hence are not eligible to call themselves as the citizens of Myanmar. 

As their legal rights were clearly declined by the state, gradually they became subject to different types of exploitation & abuse such as human trafficking, child labor, child marriage, gender-based oppression, etc. In August 2017, the armed conflict ensued in the Rakhine state, which ultimately turned into a massive genocide and forced the Rohingya to leave their motherland to save their lives.



Rohingya Children: Scapegoats of this crisis

Rohingya children are described as some of the most marginalized on the planet. Approximately half of a million are children in the refugee camps, who have already witnessed a ruthless genocide in such an early stage of their life. Many of them came here alone, witnessing the murder of their dear ones right before their eyes. They were severely traumatized and were in need of immediate medical attention. Later various organizations came forward to help these children heal from their bloody experience. JAAGO’s Safe Haven Project had a similar motive as well.

75% of the newborns are delivered in unsafe and unsanitary shelters. Most of the children suffer from communicable diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory infections. Acute malnutrition and lack of proper medications are some of the obstacles there to a healthy generation. Most of them are deprived of access to formal education or vocational training and are subject to neglect, abuse, sexual violence, early marriage, etc. These children need your constant love and support to move forward and have a normal life, which Safe Haven is committed to providing them with.

 

JAAGO’s Contribution: The Safe Haven Project (SHP)

Back in 2018, JAAGO felt the importance of creating a safe platform for Rohingya children, suffering from the acute post-traumatic stress disorder. And that’s how the Safe Haven Project started its journey. Now it is providing support to 500 children in Kutupalong camp, where there are 244 boys and 256 girls. This project consists of carefully designed learning processes, suitable for kids living amid such crises and proper counseling to alleviate or counteract post-traumatic stress disorder.

This project focuses on boosting trauma management, cognitive understanding, emotion regulation, social skills development, conflict resolution, and diligence. Ensuring personal protection and proper hygiene lessons are also part of day-to-day activities.

Safe Haven also provides these children with counseling to support their different psychological needs. The goal is to make them feel safe and become a child again. A counselor visits the camp once in a month to have private sessions with the children. Also, local Rohingya staff have been employed to engage with them.

 

Safe Haven Project during this Pandemic

For the last 5 months, all the learning centers were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kutupalong camp was sealed off and all the activities were suspended except food distribution and medical facilities. But our teachers have been in touch with their students and made sure everyone is staying safe. Currently, we are collecting data and making a plan to implement the ‘Tel-Ed’ program into the camp.

Our government has already enabled a 3G/4G network there. So now we are planning to introduce an online teaching-learning process over there after getting approval from RRRC. This process is safe, cost-effective, easy to implement, and has a wonderful monitoring system developed by JAAGO. But in order to introduce this interactive, blended online teaching-learning process over the camp, we need to digitize our learning centers first. 

Our partners and donors previously helped us provide nutritious food to the refugees and immunize them with vaccination. So we are hopeful that you will extend your helping hand this time as well, to resume our educational activities under this program.

 

Gratitude Note

The goal of our project is to provide the Rohingya children with a safe abode, where they can experience a normal life again with the help of proper counseling and quality education. This journey couldn't have been possible without our patrons, NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the path of fulfilling this dream. Thank you for your generous support to our Safe Haven Project, which has been able to put a smile on the faces of 500 Rohingya children. We would love to express our appreciation on behalf of them. Our current activities still require a lot of support and we are on the way to developing the project even better. So we sincerely request our well-wishers and donors to keep supporting us. Your help and support have always inspired us to move forward and do better.

An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
Empowering the Rohingya Children through Knowledge
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
An Initiative to Make the Rohingya Children Smile
Education for Everyone
Education for Everyone
Sep 2, 2020

Be the Light for Underprivileged Children

Empowering Girls through Knowledge
Empowering Girls through Knowledge

Being a first-generation Bangladeshi-American content-creator, activist, and entrepreneur, Nabela has inspired our youth through her amazing work. In 2019 Nabela and her husband, Seth, visited Bangladesh. During that trip, they came to JAAGO’s Banani School, to spend a day with the children and see how JAAGO is changing their lives.

In Arabic, Noor means light. Nabela, being a changemaker, illuminated the youth by launching the ‘Noor House’ program with a goal to sponsor 20 female students from JAAGO schools personally and support them till graduation. She also managed 5 more education sponsorships through her fans and family under this program. Nabela has opened Noor House to her global audience to join in sponsoring a girl child through this project.

 

Challenges Our Girls Face Everyday

Unfortunately today there are still some superstitions and beliefs in our society regarding a girl’s education. Many people still believe that girls should stay at home, do household chores, and look after children. Hence, lots of girls engage themselves with household activities 24/7 from a very young age. Also, a lot of poor families in our country are indifferent to educating their daughters. For them, it is a needless expense and a luxury for that matter. 

This may sound absurd but many girls are forced to drop out of schools due to lack of sanitation facilities. With the poor quality of sanitation facilities and unhygienic toilets at schools, lots of adolescent girls are compelled to drop out every year in South Asia.



Noor House Mission: Her Light Can Change The World

The mission of Noor House is to improve and uplift the lives of underprivileged female children with the light of education. Its goal is to ensure that every girl gets an opportunity to develop herself and her family as a whole with the finest combination of valuable technical skills and knowledge, which this project is aiming to provide. Nabela believes that there is no alternative to education to ensure equal participation of our girls in each and every sector of our society. 

 

When Dream Is to Reach The Sky

Through this project, the female students of the Noor House program will be provided with the tools and facilities to help them escape poverty, raise their standard of living for their whole community and have a healthy and productive life. They will get the education to gain knowledge and skills for a better life and to become self-sufficient and empowered young women. Nabela dreams to create a safe abode for our daughters through her program.

We believe education will give our girls a voice to stand up against all types of gender stereotypes, gender-based oppression, and also physical & domestic violence. Education also promotes better knowledge about family planning, better nutritional knowledge for both the mother and the child, and promotes practices that lead to better overall health. Our girls, this nation’s future mothers, can help us to continue the cycle of education in society and set an example for our future generations as well. Noor House believes to produce a better mother, first, we need to educate our girls.



Support Our Cause

You can support at least one of our student’s monthly education costs under the Noor House program. This education sponsorship will be helping a girl-in-need getting a new school uniform, a new school bag & necessary school supplies. Besides, it will also carry the cost of the weekly nutritious meals and basic medications as well as the cost to run multiple co-curricular activities throughout the year.

 

Note of Appreciation

JAAGO Foundation has always dreamt of a better future where our children will get a safe platform to thrive with their fullest potential, no matter what economic background they come from. And it couldn't have been possible without our NGO partners, corporates, donors, and well-wishers who have been our companions in the journey of fulfilling this dream. Nabela and her contribution have also become an inspiration to JAAGO which will keep us moving forward towards our goal. Thank you for your amazing support which has brought a smile on the faces of our 25 female students. We would love to pay our gratitude to Noor House on behalf of them for helping their dreams fly with colorful wings. 

Empowering Girls through Knowledge
Empowering Girls through Knowledge
Empowering Girls through Education
Empowering Girls through Education
 
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