Bangladesh has unfortunately suffered from a cycle of regular natural disasters, from flooding to yearly storms. ROTA’s efforts focused on Cox’s Bazar District in the country, and provided support for the most vulnerable members of the community. With Muslim Aid, ROTA launched three programs, targeting different elements of both education and disaster readiness
A detailed individual household assessment was carried out in Cox’s Bazar district highlighted the extreme poverty and vulnerability of the people and their need for humanitarian and employment support and services. Cox’s Bazar district is one of the 15 coastal districts in Bangladesh mostly affected by seasonal storms. From 1981 – 1998, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department reported that the 19 major cyclonic storms during those 18 years and subsequent tidal surges mostly impacted this area. The targeted populations have suffered no regular income or earning opportunities, resulting in extreme hardship, hunger and malnutrition.
Due of lack of regular employment opportunities, most of the targeted people are undernourished and under-clothed. The project will help one of the worst affected populations of the world in their struggle for survival. This project will improve their living conditions by providing non-formal and vocational education and livelihood support; ensuring security, full access to education and economic opportunities for all the people of Teknaf and Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar district.
Over 8000 community members are expected to benefit from this program, to last through May 2014. Three objectives were defined for this program:$
- Increase the number of children in Teknaf and Ukhia enrolled in primary school
- Increase capacity of local youth for income generation
- Reduce vulnerability of community members during natural disasters through a multi-purpose cyclone shelter and disaster risk reduction knowledge