Work update from Talent Development graduates responding to Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh

Project: Talent Development 13th October 2017

Work update – 28th September 2017

On 27th September 2017 , graduates of the Humanitarian Trainee Scheme and Context programmes, run by the Talent Development project[1], worked in Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhiya Upazila and Leda Refugee Camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh. Here, they share their experiences:

In the morning we met the Assistant Commissioner and the Project Implementation Officer, with whom we discussed which types of activities we can get involved in. We decided to support with relief distribution, as in our training we learnt how to manage distribution, including registering and issuing tokens to affected populations, packaging relief kits, managing crowds, providing emotional first aid and support to the people at the distribution point, raising awareness, and facilitating feedback from affected populations. Therefore, we went to the distribution management control room, which was created by the armed forces and Department of Disaster Management. For example, all relief has to first be registered by the control room, which then decides where it should be distributed within the camp, based on priority.

Under the guidance of the Magistrate and Assistant Commissioner, we worked to package relief items and we made up over a thousand relief packages within a short time. Although distribution was organised with the support of the armed forces and government officials, the workload, which included recording and packaging relief items and managing crowds, was too high compared to the number of staff. Our input was really appreciated as it provided additional skills and human resources.

 

 

 

 

 

After completing the relief distribution, humanitarians in Kutupalong Refugee Camp talked and played with children in a child friendly space which was created by UNICEF and a local NGO. Although there were staff members in the child friendly space, the number of staff was too low compared to the number of children. By participating, we provided more companionship for the children.

[1] Talent Development is one of 14 projects in the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme.

Photos: Shahana Hayat

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