Child-centered care for Rohingya Children and Adolescents (RER), GNB-UNICEF Joint Project
Since 2017, Good Neighbor Bangladesh (GNB) has been actively engaged in providing crucial support to Rohingya refugees at Cox’s Bazar through its Emergency Response Project. In collaboration with UNICEF, the GNB-UNICEF Joint Project RER (Rohingya Emergency Response) aims to improve the well-being and psychosocial development of the displaced community.
GNB and UNICEF under this project empower the Rohingya refugees and foster a safe and nurturing environment for children and adolescents.
One of the key initiatives of the GNB-UNICEF Joint Project RER is the establishment of Multipurpose Child Camps and Adolescent Centers within the Rohingya camps. These centers provide a safe space for children and adolescents to learn, play, and engage in various educational and recreational activities. By offering a conducive environment, the project helps address the emotional and psychological needs of young refugees who have endured trauma and displacement.
Recognizing the importance of mental health, GNB and UNICEF have prioritized the provision of structured and non-structured psychosocial services to the Rohingya population. Trained professionals conduct counseling sessions to help individuals cope with the challenges they face, fostering resilience and healing. Community-Based Child Protection Committee (CBCPC) members have undergone comprehensive training on child protection, referrals, and their responsibilities. This empowers them to actively identify and respond to child protection risks and implement appropriate interventions to safeguard vulnerable children.
For cases that require personalized attention and support, the project offers individual case management services. This approach ensures that specific needs are addressed effectively and in a timely manner, promoting a holistic approach to refugee assistance.
Recognizing the potential of the younger generation, the project enrolls adolescents in a life skills-based curriculum. These sessions equip them with essential skills and knowledge, enhancing their capacity to face challenges, make informed decisions, and prepare for a better future.
By educating both adolescents and adults, the project aims to reduce instances of gender-based violence and create a safer environment for everyone.
The GNB-UNICEF Joint Project RER stands as a testament to the commitment of Good Neighbors Bangladesh and UNICEF in supporting and empowering the Rohingya refugees at Cox’s Bazar. Through their collaborative efforts, they have successfully implemented a range of essential services, ensuring the well-being, protection, and development of children and adolescents within the Rohingya camps. As the project continues, it is hoped that it will inspire other organizations and governments to join hands in addressing the humanitarian needs of displaced populations worldwide.