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Every day counts. Help refugee children through the pandemic.

Coronavirus has plunged the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, into a strict lockdown, denying children their freedom and education.

The challenge is clear. There are many children to reach and every day counts.

Support VSO Ireland's Every Day Counts appeal and you could help more children like Monir play, heal and learn.

Donations will be distributed across all types of VSO’s work in health, education and livelihoods.

Every day counts. Help refugee children through the pandemic.

Life is tough in Cox's Bazar - the refugee camps are crowded and unsafe for children.

A crisis on top of crises

Cramped, overcrowded conditions and little or no electricity, lights, a toilet, or running water. Coronavirus has the potential to devastate vulnerable people living in these conditions.

Children like four-year-old Monir, and his family. Just one family among over 900,000 of the Rohingya people who had to flee to Bangladesh following persecution in Myanmar.

This is the world’s largest refugee camp and covid-19 plunged it into a strict lockdown. Movement is limited and community services, including schools, closed. Thousands of children are cut off from playing, learning and developing. This isn’t how children should live, especially those already living with deep trauma. 

Teaching assistant Abada with two of her little students Monir and Rama in the VSO education centre

Hope and light in play and learning

When the pandemic hit, VSO focused on protecting lives and enabling children to continue their learning. VSO trained teaching assistants to reach children safely at home. They use homemade learning materials and they sing songs, play games and draw with the little ones. 

Monir is learning every day. He's proud he can write his name, knows the Burmese and English alphabet, and the names of birds. To see him smile again is a joy.

Together, we can reach more refugee children with the support they need to play, heal and learn. Donate today and help make every day count for vulnerable children.