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Emergency Response

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The Salvation Army International Development UK is an umbrella term for the community development work that The Salvation Army United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland supports around the world. This work is divided into six themes, four of which sit within the International Projects Office (Clean Water,  Emergency ResponseFood Security and Income Generation), and two of which sit within Anti-Trafficking & Modern Slavery (Anti-Trafficking and Gender Justice). We are also responsible for overseeing the transfer of funds for the UK’s Mission Support Allocation (money donated through the annual Self-Denial Appeal).

On this page, you will find information about our international emergency response work and stories from the projects we have supported.

Working closely with The Salvation Army International Emergency Services (IES), SAID UK supports the global response, recovery and preparation of communities that are affected by global emergencies and disasters.

Bring Light to Rohingya Refugees, Bangladesh

Between August 2017 and September 2018, over 700,000 Rohingya people crossed into Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Myanmar. Most moved into the crowded camps near an area known as Cox’s Bazar. The total Rohingya population in these camps grew to more than 919,000 people. The influx of refugees caused a humanitarian crisis affecting around 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar, with assistance needed by both refugees and host communities. The Salvation Army in Bangladesh, working with the local government as well as international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), provide a co-ordinated and shared response to this humanitarian crisis.

As part of a wider response, The Salvation Army in Bangladesh provided much-needed power and light to residents of the camps. Solar panels with LED lights and accessories were given to families to help improve safety and security in the camps.

The Salvation Army in Bangladesh met their target of providing 2,800 solar lamps in total - helping the lives of around 19,600 refugees. Generous contributions from UK Corps paid for the 139 of these solar lamps, directly impacting the lives of over 950 refugees. 

As a result of this project, there is increased safety and protection in the camps. Owners of the lamps also shared that the lights have made daily activities such as cooking, eating, prayer etc. much easier and more dignified.

Thank you to everyone who supported this project.


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