Since the onset of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, 58 per cent of Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh remain food insecure. Only one in ten is able to access food apart from humanitarian aid.

PWS&D has been responding since 2017, when escalating violence forced over 700,000 Rohingya to flee their country and seek shelter in desperate conditions with little access to food, medical care and sanitation services.

Responding to the Rohingya Crisis

Thousands of families received life-saving food distributions after fleeing in the immediate aftermath of the violence. Shelter support, essential non-food items, hygiene kits, water and sanitation, and psychosocial support was also provided to many families. This was done in collaboration with partners at the ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank

As Junayet, a former high school teacher who fled Myanmar after his family’s house was burned to the ground, shared, “I am thankful for the support and help we are receiving!”

Today, the Rohingya can’t return home. Many are still struggling to live healthy, productive lives in Bangladesh.

Recognizing the complex and extensive food and livelihood needs of those living in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, PWS&D continues to support Rohingya families to meet their food needs.

By distributing food vouchers, families are able to make food choices and spend their vouchers at local markets. Income can then be spent on other essential needs rather than food. Local vendors whose incomes are improved by this program also receive training in efficient business practices.

This is being done in partnership with World Renew, as members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Food assistance funds are being matched 4:1 with the support of the Canadian government.

Rohingya refugees unload a truck carrying tarps, blankets and other items in the Jamtoli Refugee Camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Paul Jeffrey, ACT Alliance

Respond with us!

Please support Rohingya refugees and continue to pray for an end to the violence and human rights abuses taking place in Myanmar.

You can make a donation to PWS&D through your church, by mailing a cheque to the office, donating online or calling 1-800-619-7301 x 291. Please mark all donations “Rohingya crisis.”



View photos from Rohingya crisis relief efforts

*Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s response in Bangladesh is undertaken with support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.