Govt officials emphasize disability inclusion in protection activities in Rohingya Camp

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Caritas Bangladesh arranges 3 project inception meetings in Rohingya Camps

Cox’s Bazar Correspondent:
Camp in-charge (CiC) of Camp-4 Extension, 1E, and 20-Extension laid emphasis on disability inclusion in all activities related to protection in the camp for the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs) in Cox’s Bazar.

Md. Mahfuzur Rahman, CiC and Md. Ruhul Kuddus, Assistant CiC of Camp 1E; Md. Sarwar Kamal, CiC, of Camp 20-Extenstion and Md Shajahan, CiC of Camp-4 Extension made the remarks while attending the three separate project inception meetings organized by the Emergency Response Program (ERP) of Caritas Bangladesh from January 10 to 12 in 2022.

The meetings were arranged under Education in Emergency (EiE) and Multi-Purpose Child & Adolescent Center (MCAC) project of Caritas Bangladesh.

MCAC Project Inception at Camp-4 Extension
On Wednesday (12th January 2022), ERP of Caritas Bangladesh arranged the Project Inception Meeting of Multi-Purpose Child & Adolescent Center (MCAC) in Conference Room, CiC office, Camp-4 Extension.

Md Shajahan, CiC, Camp-4 Extension, was present as special guest at the inception meeting which was presided over by Protection Manager Md Mosharraf Hossain.

Attending the inception meeting as special guest, Md Shahjahan, Senior Assistant Secretary and CiC, Camp-4 Extension, said “Disability inclusion in Child Protection should be covered the whole camp because there are no other actors.” Other actors should be informed before commencing disability check-up campaign, he added.

Appreciating Caritas Bangladesh’s programs, CiC Md Shahjahan, said “I’m happy with Caritas Bangladesh projects as the organization has been working with reputation and providing quality services with transparencies.”

Representatives from Site Management, UNHCR General Protection Focal 4-Ext, Child protection Actors (Coast Foundation, DSS, BRAC, TdH), BRAC Community Based, IRC referral Hub, Block leaders, CMO, ACF, CPP staff, CiC office staff and Caritas Bangladesh staff also attended the event. The inception meeting was facilitated by Ananda Kumar Biswas.

Md Mosharraf Hossain, Manager Protection, “We’re committed to providing better services regarding protection, safeguarding for all stakeholders and beneficiaries.”

The Protection Manager has urged the victims to submit complaints through Opinion Box, Mobile Call, and email. “We’re trying to enhance our support regarding protection according to the Government Policy and decisions,” Md Mosharraf Hossain.

Attending the inception meeting, Child Protection Coordinator Mr. Ananda Kumar Biswas, shared the MCAC Project in detail.

The project is being implemented from November 2021 to April 2022, said Mr Ananda adding that “We’ve added Dignity Kits distribution activity for adolescent girls who come to MCAC (Specifically-B1, B2).”

Children with Disability will also be supported in coordination with relevant actors, he said adding that Children (4-12Y): 487 (B241, G-246 Adolescent (12-18Y): 173 (B-90, G-83) will be covered under the project. There are three MCACs located in B1& B2 and covering 4 Blocks (B1, B2, D, and F) in case management, Mr Ananda informed.

MCAC Project Inception at Camp 20 Extension
On Tuesday (11th January 2022), ERP of Caritas Bangladesh arranged the inception meeting of the Multi-Purpose Child & Adolescent Center (MCAC) in Conference Room, CiC office, Camp-20 Extension.

Mr. Sarwar Kamal, Camp in Charge (CiC) was present as special guest at the inception meeting which was presided over by Md Mosharraf Hossain, Manager Protection were present at the inception meeting as key speakers.

Speaking at the inception meeting, CiC Md Sarwar Kamal, expressed his concern about the duplication of the list of beneficiaries for receiving the Dignity Kit. He suggested to talk to WASH Focal and SHED before distributing dignity kits in the camp.

“Please follow up the disability cases and share the scenario and data about children with disability with other actors,” CiC instructed the CB officials. He also emphasized on arranging disability check-up campaign in a coordinated way with all actors at the camp.

Presiding over the inception meeting, Protection Manager Mr. Mosharraf Hossain, shared detail information about the program and Safeguarding Policy of Caritas Bangladesh.

He also ensured that Caritas Bangladesh always maintain the safeguarding issues and protection principal strictly during the project implementation process and administrative function.

Protection Manager informed the audience that if anyone, including community volunteers break the safeguarding policy, the victim can share the details with Caritas Bangladesh authority through the Opinion Box or Cell Number, which has stayed at all MCACs & MWGC.

Meanwhile, the inception meeting was attended by the representatives from Site Management, Site Development, Protection Focal Point, actors of Child Protection Actors (IOM, Coast Foundation, Plan International Bangladesh, BRAC), GBV focal Point, WASH Focal (SHED), Shelter Back-up Focal, Educational Focal Point (BRAC), CPP staff, Majhi (Block Leader) and GBV project staff of Caritas Bangladesh. The meeting was facilitated by Ananda Kumar Biswas.

Education in Emergency (EiE) Project Inception at Camp 1E
Earlier on Monday (10th January 2022), ERP of Caritas Bangladesh arranged the project inception meeting of Education in Emergency (EiE) in the conference room, CiC office, Camp 1E.

The project inception meeting was presided over by Mr. Santanu Roy, Project Coordinator, Education. Md. Mahfuzur Rahman, CiC, 1E and Md. Ruhul Kuddus, Assistant CiC were present as special guests at the inception meeting which was facilitated by EiE Supervisor Sitan Gomes.

The inception event was also attended by the representatives from Site Management (Helvetius), Education focal point, Mukti Cox’s Bazar, Ypsha, NRC, CODEC, JCF. Caritas Bangladesh’s staff of EiE Project were also present at the event.