Following emergencies, we rapidly assess the situation alongside partner and Bangladesh Social Service (BSS) staffs to identify the areas where a response is most needed. Our emergency response program include food, cash transfer, education, sanitation, hygiene, water, child protection, livelihoods and maternal and child health interventions. BSS is a member of few consortium and NGO working closely in the area to ensure a comprehensive and systematic approach to disaster risk management and disaster risk reduction. In addition, we work on following disaster-prone locations to respond to emergencies quickly and in a coordinated manner.
The Rohingya is a stateless group who have been subjected to systematic persecution and abused by Myanmar authorities for decades. Leaving nearly all their possessions behind, the majority of the Rohingya people have fled across the border into Bangladesh. The displaced people do not have scope of food, water, sanitation, healthcare, and education.
Escalating violence in September 2017 forced a group of Rakhine people to flee to Bangladesh, leaving them in an extremely vulnerable state. In this crisis moment there have been reports of helicopters firing on civilians, extrajudicial executions of women and children, and the burning of entire villages. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called the situation a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing," and the crisis has caused a mass exodus of the Rohingya people across the border into Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Social Service (BSS) realized a cordial support for the vulnerable stateless group. BSS collected funds for their support. The principle was to ensure that Rohingya refugees can lead safe, hopeful, and productive lives. As the result BSS jointly provided support for the Rohingya refugees.
Emergency Flood Response (EFR) project aims to integrate households at village and community level with the government DRR structures in light of the Standing Order on Disaster (SOD) including the Disaster Management Act (DMA) of the Government of Bangladesh. The UDMCs members are now performing their roles and responsibilities following the DM act and SOD. Participation of women and other vulnerable groups increased their vulnerability by receiving BSS support. Also they have knocked with different departments of GOs and NGOs to mobilize resources for the implementation of important DRR activities under their RRAP.
Winter is Bangladesh can be pretty harsh and merciless for the underprivileged where the temperature drops to below 4 degrees in some of the areas. The poor often do have neither the resources nor the ability to fight against such a temperature drop. There has been a staggering loss of life; during the early 2018 alone, about 9 women lost their lives due to the cold wave. Vulnerable fraction such as elderly or children suffers the most during the cold waves. Such above was the temperature in Bangladesh last year. There have already been several forecasts on this year’s winter (2018-19). According to Bangladesh Meteorological Office (October, 2018), up to 2 cold waves may be experienced during the month of November, which may result in a temperature drop to 6 degree Celsius throughout December along with multiple cold waves. Mostly, the Northern part of the country will be affected by the waves. Another forecast predicts the temperature drop to be a record breaking one and fears that it may even drop as low as 4 degree Celsius in the winter.