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Rohingya Crisis – Unicef UK Children’s Appeal

More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since 25th August 2017, seeking refuge from violence. Many children have walked for days, and are arriving sick, exhausted and in desperate need of water, food and shelter. Please donate to Unicef and help save children's lives.


Charity information: UNICEF UK

  • Need


    A stateless minority group in Myanmar, the Rohingya have faced discrimination, violence and extreme poverty for decades. This latest influx brings the number of Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh to more than 720,000. Camps are severely overcrowded, leaving thousands with no safe space or shelter from the monsoon rain.

    Unicef is doing everything we can to deliver life-saving aid for Rohingya children and families in Bangladesh. We must act now to save as many children’s lives as possible.


    Unicef has been on the ground helping to deliver supplies and services for Rohingya refugees for years. We are now expanding our efforts to provide life-saving support for the newly arrived refugees, as well as the existing refugee population, and children from vulnerable host communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


    » Unicef is providing safe water to 50,000 new arrivals per day and improved sanitation to more than 3,000 new arrivals every day.
    » Unicef is installing 166 tube wells to bring clean water to host communities sheltering new arrivals.
    » Unicef is setting up emergency latrines in the new settlements to prevent open defecation and disease outbreaks such as hepatitis and cholera.
    » Unicef is also providing hygiene kits, water purification tablets and sanitation supplies for 100,000 people.

    Unicef will report on children reached with life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene support.

    Aim 2

    Nutrition and Health


    » Unicef is screening newly arrived children for malnutrition and referring severely malnourished children for treatment.
    » Unicef is providing life-saving food for severely malnourished children.
    » Unicef is vaccinating children against polio and measles and rubella, and providing vitamin A supplements.

    Unicef will report on children screened and treated for malnutrition, as well as children who have been immunised against life-threatening diseases.

    Aim 3

    Child Protection and Education


    » Unicef is providing psychosocial support around the clock at over 40 child friendly spaces, where children can play and access care in safe spaces.
    » Unicef has mobilised 523 Education in Emergency kits to establish temporary learning centres in government schools and Unicef supported facilities.

    Unicef will report on child protection and education interventions and strengthening of infrastructure and systems as part of the crisis response.

  • Impact


    After the initial response to this emergency, we will continue our long-term work to support the Rohingya community in Bangladesh, ensuring that they have access to nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and protection services, as well as advocating for their needs in Bangladesh. We will demonstrate success by measuring our reach and impact, in line with Unicef’s rigorous monitoring and evaluating framework.


    Unicef is doing all we can to meet Rohingya children’s urgent needs, including services and supplies that will help prevent and treat disease, protect children from danger and exploitation, and provide a safe space to learn and play. However, the speed and magnitude of this influx has overwhelmed Unicef’s capacity to respond. We urgently need your support to reach every child.


    We will email/mail all supporters who have given to the emergency appeal with an update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000,000 Emergency Response Provide emergency assistance, including nutrition, health, child protection and water and sanitation
  • Background


    More than 300,000 Rohingya refugees were in camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district before the recent influx in August 2017, with thousands more living in host communities. Since then, over 15,000 have been arriving every day. The newly arrived refugees are spread across official refugee camps, makeshift settlements around Cox’s Bazar, host communities and new encampments near the border. There are currently over 500,000 new arrivals, bringing the number of people in need to over 1.2 million.


    Unicef is doing everything we can to deliver life-saving aid for Rohingya children and families in Bangladesh.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Unicef is the world's leading children’s organisation. We have a lasting commitment to Rohingya children. Unicef has strong relationships with governments and local and international partners that, combined with our expertise in disaster relief and integrated programming, can deliver aid to the greatest number of children. Unicef has been in Bangladesh since 1952, working with the government, development partners and civil society to ensure the survival and development of all children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Unicef Field Workers And Partners In Bangladesh

    Unicef field workers and partners in Bangladesh will deliver life-saving emergency aid for children and families affected by the crisis.


£58 can provide an emergency water and hygiene kit for two families in an emergency

There are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water. Conditions on the ground place children at high risk of waterborne diseases. We have a monumental task ahead of us to protect these extremely vulnerable children.

Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF’s Representative in Bangladesh