COVID-19 urgent crisis appeal

We desperately need your support to continue to bring essential food supplies to children like Minara and her mum who are in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. And we need to urgently set up handwashing stations, mobilise communities, and train and equip community healthcare workers to care for the sick.

Your donation will unlock an incredible 22:1 match for food from the World Food Programme, as well as fighting COVID-19 through hand washing stations, education and community healthcare workers.

This work is urgent

This work is urgent

Minara (2), and Mother Jaheda, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

We are facing an unprecedented crisis as COVID-19 places a previously unimaginable impact on our funding.  Now more than ever we need your help to support our work with the World Food Programme. 

Children who escaped from extreme violence in Myanmar are now suffering from extreme hunger, and are fighting to survive in overcrowded refugee camps.

You can imagine how quickly COVID-19 could spread in these overcrowded conditions, turning a desperate situation worse. Humanitarian aid is a matter of life or death for these Rohingya refugees.

We urgently need your help to protect children, like Minara. 

Your donation will unlock an incredible 22:1 match for food from the World Food Programme, as well as fighting COVID-19 through hand washing stations, education and community healthcare workers.

We desperately need your help to continue this lifesaving work for children and their families in Bangladesh and elsewhere.


We urgently need your help to protect children, like Minara.

We urgently need your help to protect children, like Minara.

Minara (2), and Mother Jaheda, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

“When I arrived in Bangladesh, she was about to die. People were telling me, ‘Your daughter will not live. I thought, ‘Oh my God. Am I going to lose my baby?’” Jaheda stopped to give birth to Minara at a strangers house, while fleeing her home in Myanmar to escape the violence against her Rohingya community. 

Tiny and malnourished from the minute she was born, Jaheda was terrified that Minara wouldn’t survive. When they arrived at the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Jaheda was told many times that she should prepare to say goodbye to her baby. Minara pulled through, but their family’s fight against malnutrition and disease is far from over.

Two years on, Minara still struggles with malnutrition-related illnesses. Her family faces the grim reality of life in a refugee camp every day. Minara’s father is in kidney failure, and Jaheda fears that due to the conditions she’s currently living in, she too will fall sick, sharing “I pray that I will not die while Minara is young.” It’s a prayer no mother should ever have to pray.

Children like Minara urgently need your help. For every dollar you donate, children receive $22 worth of life-saving food aid.

Our partnership with the World Food Programme allows us to multiply our reach. In 2018, the generosity of New Zealanders enabled us to reach 4,001,572 people with life-saving food aid across 15 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Our work through this life-saving partnership provides monthly food rations, feeds malnourished children, provides meals in schools, teaches families how to cook nutritious meals, and provides cash and e-cards to empower families to purchase their own food. 

We are the preferred partner of the World Food Programme because we are continuously working to improve our operations to reduce costs and deliver the best outcomes for those we serve.

Your donation will unlock an incredible 22:1 match for food from the World Food Programme, as well as fighting COVID-19 through hand washing stations, education and community healthcare workers.



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