The world was greeted with shocking images and news of mass migration of thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar (also known as Burma) and Bangladesh in 2015, collectively dubbed 'boat people' by international media. Click here to understand more about the crisis.
On 15th May 2015, the Indonesian and Malaysian governments each agreed to take on 3,500 Rohingya asylum seekers for a maximum of one year, until they are either repatriated or resettled to a third country. Volunteers from Indonesia have been helping out by making sure that basic principles of hygiene are followed. This is necessary in preventing the transmission of diseases to more than 1,700 asylum seekers, who are already residing in Aceh, spread across three makeshift camps.
A small team from Majulah travelled to Indonesia, Banda Aceh on 25th May 2015, in hopes of understanding the situation and work towards providing relief and assistance to the refugees. Working closely with the local NGO, Bulan Sabit Merah Indonesia (BSMI), the team visited 3 locations: Lhoksukhon, Bireum Bayeun and Kuala Langsa.
On 20th May 2015, Majulah held a fundraising and raised a total of SGD$23,740. The funds were used to supply vaccinations and medical supplies, improve sanitation and provide more housing units for the refugees.
1. Installation of Toilets
2. Water Supply (digging of wells)
3. Supply of pipes (toilets, drinking water, ablution area)
4. Water Filtration Systems
5. Tentages (shelters, segregating males and females)
Majulah made a total of 4 trips to Indonesia, Banda Aceh, to provide humanitarian aid for the Rohingya people. From the funds raised, Majulah focused on providing proper sanitation, toilets and facilities, tentages and water filtration systems for the refugees. Hygiene and was of utmost urgency due to concerns of widespread diseases . In addition, Majulah provided engaging workshops and activities for the Rohingya children.