This year our Christmas Appeal is going towards World Vision’s Myanmar Refugee Crisis fund.
In this crisis, children are suffering greatly and are in urgent need: children make up almost 60 per cent of more than 600,000 refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017. Those escaping the latest surge in violence join earlier displacements from Myanmar creating a refugee population of more than 816,000 people living in dire need. More refugees arrive by the day. All recent arrivals require emergency food, among them 240,000 children in need of nutrition support. Many youngsters are malnourished or underweight. Refugee children have faced terrible violence, including witnessing the death and disappearance of loved ones and the burning of their villages and homes. Many arrive separated from families or alone. Thousands of refugees are deeply distressed, suffering trauma, or injured by gunshot, landmines, shrapnel or beatings. The vast majority of new arrivals live in speedily erected settlements consisting of poorly built bamboo, wood and plastic shelters, set up on muddy hillsides and with extremely limited access to food, clean water, sanitation and to safe learning and play places for children.
World Vision is on the ground providing emergency assistance to tens of thousands of arrivals in settlements that have sprung up around Cox’s Bazar. This includes:
- Partnering with the World Food Programme (WFP) to distribute food aid
- Distributing shelter supplies
- Providing clean water, latrines, and places to wash and bathe
- Supplying emergency hygiene, baby care, sleeping and kitchen kits
- Establishing safe places for children’s play and learning, and for women
There are three ways you can provide financial assistance to this fund:
1. Cash and Cheques
There will be envelopes provided in our Sunday gatherings during December and on Christmas Eve to donate cash and cheques. Please add your donation number if you wish to claim to claim a tax rebate.
2. Online Banking
Please pay into our church global account:
Name of Account: South West Baptist Church
Account Number: 020820 0247412 003
Code: Donation#### (put your donation number here if applicable)
3. Credit Card
There will be a form provided in our Sunday gatherings during December and on Christmas Eve to donate via credit card. This will be processed by World Vision in mid-January. They will send a tax receipt at the end of the financial year.