Rohingya Refugee Appeal

Help us meet the urgent needs of refugees who continue to face desperate conditions in the world's most densely populated refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Rohingya Refugee Appeal

Help us meet the urgent needs of refugees who continue to face desperate conditions in the world's most densely populated refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Emergency – Your support is urgently needed
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Two years into the crisis, the situation has begun to stabilise

World Vision is working with the Bangladesh government and international aid agencies to provide life-saving assistance and improve living conditions in the camps. Despite this progress, the Rohingya remain at risk and their future uncertain. Without recognised refugee status in Bangladesh or legal citizenship in Myanmar, they are citizens of nowhere.

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Some 1.3 million people in Cox's Bazar, including host communities, need food and health assistance.

When violence broke out in Rakhine State in Myanmar in August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya people fled for their lives into neighbouring Bangladesh.

They joined an additional 200,000 Rohingya refugees who had already been sheltering in the area for several years. 

Without official refugee status, these people don't have basic rights, access to services or international protection. 

Month after month they continue to languish in the camps at Cox's Bazar where conditions are incredibly difficult. Many families face life-threatening risks from monsoons, cyclones, landslides and collapsing shelters. Women and children are vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation.

Most children remain without access to education, and adults have few opportunities to earn an income to support their families.


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refugees are living in makeshift shelters


of families are headed by a single mother


of refugees are children

World Vision's response

We are working in a number of camps in Cox's Bazar to help refugee families with shelter, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and protection services.

So far, we've reached 371,611 Rohingyas with humanitarian assistance; 300,000 could access safe water and sanitation facilities, 3,132 children were enrolled in our 12 learning centres while 15,300 children received nutrition support.

Your help is urgently needed so that we can continue to provide children and families with life-sustaining support including:

  • essential shelter provisions
  • nutrition services and community kitchens
  • learning centres and child friendly spaces
  • water supply and sanitation networks
  • safe spaces for women and teenage girls

Monsoon rains cause more suffering

A tube well for Ismatara

“Water means life for women in this camp,” says Lalaputu, 31, a refugee mother of six children. “Water is the most important thing I need. Without water, cooking meals, washing clothes and bathing would be impossible.” Lalaputu has lived in the world’s largest refugee camp here in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since fleeing violence in Myanmar in August 2017.

Alongside almost a million people, one of Lalaputu’s challenges was getting safe water for her children — a problem she didn’t worry about in her home village in Myanmar. There her family had a tube well next to their house. They could get water whenever they needed. Neighbours also collected water from their tube well.

Lalaputu’s husband, Rahamat, recalls the family’s early struggles to find water in the refugee camp. “A bit far down the hill from our shelter, runs a stream. The water is not deep, but it flows,” says Rahamat. “But the water is not drinkable. We dug a hole beside the stream and waited for it to fill up. We hoped the sand and soil would work as filters.”

Sadly, Rahamat’s desperate measures didn’t work. “My children and my wife got sick drinking that water,” he says. “They had diarrhoea and other health problems, but we had no choice. We had to drink that water.”

Thankfully, those days are over. Now Lalaputu and her daughter, Ismatara, 8, can collect water from the deep-tube well that World Vision installed near their house. Each deep-tube well serves 100 families — about 500 people on average. Ismatara no longer has to walk far to collect water, scaling the camp’s many steep sandy hills while balancing a heavy eight-litre aluminum water jar on her hip. It was tiring and time-consuming. Sometimes, she had to miss sessions at the child-friendly space that she loves.

“This tube well removed the pain of collecting water from afar,” says Ismatara, “I can drink water and bathe easily now. Drinking water from the tube well doesn’t give me stomach pain and diarrhoea. It’s safe!”


Rohingya refugee crisis

Ismatara, 8, collects water from one of 98 tube wells installed by World Vision in 10 camps.