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Today 08 October 2017, COAST Trust (Coastal Association for Social transformation Trust) and PKSF (Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation) have taken joint initiatives for water and sanitation system in Rohingya Refugee camp in Ukhiya Upazilla in Cox’s Bazar. PKSF has also handed over a cheque amount of Tk. 50,00,000/- (Fifty Lac only) to COAST for implementing the program. MD. Abdul Karim (Managing Director-PKSF), Dr. Md. Jasim Uddin (Deputy Managing Director-PKSF), Md. Masiur Rahaman (General Manager-PKSF) and Ms. Begum Shamsun Nahar (Chairperson-COAST Board of Trustee), Mr. Sanat K. Bhowmik (Director-COAST) and Tarik Sayed Harun (Assistant Director-COAST) were present in the event.
COAST is going to implement WATSAN program in Rohingya Refugee Camp through financial support of PKSF. The program includes the activities of setting water supply system, latrine and tube well for refugees and will be implemented in coordinating with Bangladesh Army facilitating the Rohingya influxes at present.
Mentioned that, since 25 August 2017, at least 0.5 million Rohingya have taken shelter in Ukhiya upazilla in Cox’s Bazar due to military persecution in Myanmar. Bangladesh government has providing humanitarian assistance and shelter for these refugees. COAST is also giving food and pure drinking water among the refugees since 7 September 2017 which included 3000 packet of staple food and 3000 liter water per day. Alongside two medical camps are also running and provide primary health care services till the date.
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This document states the background, process, principal premise and major expectations of Bangladeshi NGOs from INGOs (International NGO), Donors and UN agencies in view of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and the Grand Bargain (GB)policy outcomes and in view of the discussions on ‘development effectiveness’ (DE). These three global policy discourses give importance to the role of civil society / NGOs and especially the primacy of local civil society in respect of promoting a humanitarian and democratic society.
We are Bangladeshi national and local non-government organization (NNGO/LNGO) or civil societies working with innational boundaries with a home grown or indigenous background. In the whole document where we have used the term NNGOs, it’s also includes the interest of the LNGOs, but in specific issues where it is appropriate we have used the term LNGO. We do both humanitarian and development activities, [Click here for full report]

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In line with the first commitment of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) according to which humanitarian response should be appropriate and relevant, COAST Trust conducted a rapid assessment of the refugee situation and drafted a need-based action plan. They identified immediate and long-term needs and mapped the activities of other humanitarian organisations on the ground to maximise the impact. The immediate needs included providing food, water, shelter, medical services and addressing sanitation, while the assessment also showed that the protection of women and adolescent girls should be a priority, as well as dealing with the mental health issue of some refugees. In addition, offering basic education and training services was identified as a necessity to maintain social harmony. Accordingly, COAST provides cooked food, safe drinking water and medical services, has recruited refugees to collect waste and taken some measures to counter child abuse. [Click here news link]

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The influx of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh is still going on. So far, more than half of a million Rohingya people have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since 25th August2017. Rakhine state of Myanmar has become a crucible of religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. To survive from the violence Rohingya people are leaving Myanmar. Local community people. local NGOs started the humanitarian responses to the Rohingya refugees. Along with local communities and NGOs, local administration, UN organizations, international organizations and NGOs are also now providing various relief supports. Bangladesh army is now working to coordinate the relief operation. [Click here full report]

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October 03, 2017.  Cox’s Bazar. Today International Council of Voluntary Association (ICVA) organized a meeting of local, national and international NGOs with Mr. Mark Lowcoock, UN Emergency Coordinator and Under Secretary General of OCHA. The meeting was organized in the Ocean Paradise Hotel in Cox’s Bazar. Five invited local NGOs / CSOs namely Pulse, YPSA, MUKTI, PHALS and COAST submitted a joint memorandum, where they urged UN agencies to  abandon direct operation. They also demanded that,  UN agency must avoid tendency of handling the Rohingya crisis single handedly or in monopoly way via any national NGO. They said, it is needed for diversity and innovation and also for local CSOs/NGOs development. It should be noted that these five NGOs are the first responder with relief for the Rohingya refugees recently fled from Myanmar. The group also demanded ISCG (Inter Sectoral Coordination Group) should give access to the local NGO/CSOs, there should be a price coordination among all NGOs, IFRC and UN agencies as local NGOs facing the uneven competition in respect of hiring ware houses, recruiting staff, offices and others in locality. The group also said, as they are trying to develop Cox’s Bazar community responsive to human and refugee right, UN, Development Partners and INGOs must consider to work with host community too, as these community already facing the brunt of extra inflation, high price of commodities, ecological degradation, ground water fall, surface water contamination and stiff competition in employment and in natural resources. The group reminded WHS (World Humanitarian Summit), the Grand Bargain (GB) and the Development Effectiveness (DE) outcomes, where localization and accountability is the prime concern.

Please find the memo which contains 20 demands from Bangladeshi NGOs in this regard.
Download Related Paper [Charter of Expectations from Bangladeshi NGOs in view of WHS GB and DE] [Cox’s Bazar NGO Coordination Process and Civil Society]
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In 2006, we set an ambitious target: we launched a ten-year vision to see 50 million people lifted out of material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.

A decade on, the statistics are striking. In ten years, we have touched the lives of more than 45 million people – the equivalent of almost the population of Spain. We reached more than 32 million people through our community development work and more than 13 million through our response to disasters.

Contributing hugely to this success is the fact that we have envisioned and mobilised more than 154,000 local churches, inspiring our Christian family to be catalysts for change.

We have spoken up with many poor communities, and acted on their behalf, and seen more than 300 policies influenced and changed as a result. We pray that our joint advocacy will bring a rich harvest in reducing poverty further over the next decade.

Name of project: Emergency Relief for Rohingya Refugee in Cox’s Bazar

Elish Arun Majumder

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Email: elish.majumder@tearfund.org

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COAST Trust is actively involved in humanitarian responses to the Rohingya crisis in Cox’s Bazar. COAST Trust is regularly producing update on the situation....