Our Work in Bangladesh

With its close proximity to Myanmar, Bangladesh has become a destination for Rohingya refugees fleeing religious and ethnic persecution at the hands of the Burmese security forces.

In March 2018, JRS began working with Caritas Bangladesh to set up and manage Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Cox’s Bazaar, the biggest refugee settlment in the country. In these facilities, children receive counselling and psychosocial support and have opportunities to learn, express themselves, and enjoy their childhood. On a normal day, each centre welcomes up to 250 children. These spaces provide Rohingya children with a safe haven where they can acquire informal education and psychosocial support.

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Men collecting bamboo to build shelters in the Kutupalong refugee camp., Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. (Jovin George / Jesuit Refugee Service)
Rohingya children attending the activities of the Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) run by JRS and Caritas. (Fr Josef Xavier SJ / Jesuit Refugee Service)
Overview of the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. (Jovin George / Jesuit Refugee Service)
Teenage girls making handicrafts for younger children in the Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) of the Kutupalong refugee camp.