Crisis for BBBB supported Myanmar Refugee Families

Building Bridges Beyond Borders (Malaysia), Just Volunteers! News 7 May 2020

Over recent weeks former volunteers from the BBBB programme have responded with enormous generosity to the plight of the refugee community.

We want to express our deepest thanks to all!

BBBB Director, Dr Saradha, with families at the distribution point. Only one family is allowed in a time to keep social distancing

In Malaysia, as in countries around the globe, there has been a government enforced lockdown over recent weeks in response to Covid-19. This has meant that the casual work carried out by Chin refugees in the community has dried up which has left the families of the children we teach quite literally without the means to feed themselves. (The Malaysian government has provided food for many hundreds of thousands of refugees in the country but this group – although certified as bona fide refugees by the UNHCR- is not in a camp and receives no outside help.)

On alternate weeks the 40 + families receive rice and cooking oil or a food package

In response to this problem our partner, Soroptimists International Damansara (SID), made major donations and began a fundraising drive.

Responding to the drive, volunteers who had worked at the refugee school over recent years, and their families and friends, showed enormous generosity. SID has received sufficient funds to help provide food parcels for the families until at least the end of June when we hope the economy will begin to open up more. The fundraising site closed on May 31st and exceeded its fundraising target.

We will be providing updates shortly on the situation for these families in KL. (And details of final numbers are being provided to all donors.)

This week’s food package contains fresh vegetables, eggs, milo, potatoes, onions, galic and instant noodles.
Each family signs for the food package they receive each week
Without your support we would not be able to help these families

Thank you!

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