Humanitarian organisations worked with them every step of the way with building materials, guidance and good humour.
Reverberations are also echoing through humanitarian organisations – local and international, along with global donors - all acknowledging that this emergency has become a protracted crisis.
With no end in sight and with donor fatigue setting in, the driving imperative now is to design innovative and workable solutions that meet the twin needs of life saving humanitarian assistance and politically palatable longer-term responses that build resilience and social cohesion – within the camps and with their host Bangladeshi communities. And in a fiscally challenging environment, where humanitarian funds are increasingly limited. This is a complex and precarious ambition.
Some of the children for who the camp is now home. Photo: IFRC/Kick Stokvis
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society in Cox's Bazar, like many other humanitarian organisations, is working hard to meet this challenge - walking the tightrope of longer term planning while still meeting basic needs.
Its focus on improving basic conditions at the camps, particularly for larger households includes building new shelters, providing food and relief items, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, along with other services including health care and psychosocial support. Its health facilities and community safe spaces are integral to the camps, and supported by hundreds of volunteers from both Bangladesh and Myanmar.