Refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, are overflowing with more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled what the United Nations says is a campaign for ethnic cleansing. An estimated 40,000 unaccompanied Rohingya children are living in Bangladesh. Having witnessed unspeakable trauma and horror, "mentally destroyed and shocked", these children need a great deal of healing and hope.
Seena Jacob, Founder of Bookwallah Organization (seen in above photos) in December 2017 visited the camps with storybooks and get a greater understanding of this humanitarian crisis.“Every child deserves the hope of a happy story. We are extremely excited to bring the gift of imagination to these children”, said Bookwallah Founder, Seena Jacob. “The process begins in the United States by kids who generously donate beautiful storybooks and is then supported sustained with the help of inspiring role models from the local communities in the countries we work in. Healing and inspiring young minds who have experienced pain or trauma really begins by building a foundation for imagination. The end result is magical. Children can take a moment to escape, dream, and be inspired to recreate a life they had previously never known possible.” The most recent Rohingya Refugee project is in partnership with BRAC. Their 42 child friendly spaces are in need of storybooks. Our storybooks and expertise in building and running libraries of imagination and BRAC's know how on the ground will result in a sustainable library program for the children. Every child deserves the hope of a happy story. Our goal is to raise 1,000 books in the first quarter of 2018. To safely deliver to end destination, this requires $4,000. We would like to extend this further into 2018. JOIN US by Donating Today so we can tremendously change the lives of these children.