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World Refugee Day 2020

Let’s Protect them With Arms Wide Open

We celebrate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees on World Refugee Day, which is held on June 20 each year. Since 2001, the United Nations and more than 100 countries have observed World Refugee Day annually. Each year this day is marked by a variety of events in many countries around the world in support of the refugees. To end the refugee crisis and find homes for these displaced people we all must work together. To better understand the current refugee crisis, we must know the situation worldwide. 

Why is World Refugee Day important?

World Refugee Day sheds light on refugees’ freedoms, needs, and preferences, helping to mobilize political will and funds so that refugees will not only live but also develop. While protecting and improving the lives of refugees every day is important, international days such as World Refugee Day help to focus global attention on the plight of those who flee conflict or oppression. Many activities held on World Refugee Day create opportunities to support refugees.


Refugees Around The World

There are 70.8 million people around the world, half of them children, who have been forcibly displaced—the highest level of displacement since World War II. Among the forcibly displaced, there are 25.9 million refugees, 41.3 million people displaced in their own country, and 3.5 million asylum-seekers awaiting a determination on refugee status. Around 70% of refugee families live below the poverty line. 

More than half of the world’s 25.9 million refugees are under 18. And an estimated 25 % of internally displaced peoples are young women, with pregnant women making up another four percent.

Most of these people have known nothing but war, deprivation and fear. Refugee Children from Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Uganda, and Bangladesh haven’t had a chance to go to school and often struggle to find the basic essentials – their lives and futures are at risk. These children face increased risks of violence, abuse, and various forms of exploitation both during their journey and once they reach their destination. Now with the addition of the global pandemic, children are facing increased school closings and most of these already vulnerable children do not have the option of remote learning.

One of The Largest Refugee Camps In Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, the Rohingya camp is one of the largest Refugee communities in the world. During the displacement, hundreds of Rohingya children at the camps have been separated from their families, and the numbers are growing daily. To ensure that these refugee children grow up healthy, educated and safe, JAAGO Foundation has been working on their Safe Haven project.

Refugee Smile

Through the Safe Haven Project, JAAGO is serving upwards of 500 Rohingya refugee children per day. JAAGO has undergone training in crisis-learning from supportive international organizations, as well as trauma-therapy techniques to administer to the children for their emotional and mental wellbeing. Additionally, local Rohingya support staff have been hired to engage with the children.

Safe Haven children have access to: 

Safe shelter: An administered area staffed by trained Rohingya and Bangladeshi professionals to care for children during the day

Education: Receive informal lessons by staff trained in crisis education models and access to information through technology

Therapy and Play: Receive trauma therapy (learned through US-based practitioners who have trained JAAGO staff).

To cope with and handle the traumatized situation, psychological support is also provided to the distress targeted children through counseling. A number of caregivers are allocated to care, support, and execute the activities in these separate zones.

On this World Refugee Day 2020, JAAGO Foundation is participating in GlobalGiving’s 2020 World Refugee Week campaign. This year’s theme is “Every Action Counts”.And we believe with your help and contribution JAAGO Foundation can raise funds for the Rohingya children to ensure that these refugee children grow up healthy, educated, and safe. After all, to end this crisis and help these refugees, we all need to work together. And your help can give these children a chance to be children again! 

  • This World Refugee Week campaign will be a one-week crowdfunding campaign on GlobalGiving from 09:00 a.m. ET on Monday, June 15 to 23:59 ET on Saturday, June 20, 2020
  • Only online donations made by credit card, debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or an official GlobalGiving gift card are eligible to receive matching funds.