As humanitarian and humanitarian organization, Light House has been working for holistic and transformational development of the most vulnerable population of Bangladesh irrespective of caste, creed, gender orientations, ethnicities, religion etc. since 1988 in Bangladesh. Light House is strongly connected with the most vulnerable populations especially at most risk women and girls across 37 districts through 90 field offices and other services outlets. Considering the protracted refugee crisis, it has extended the humanitarian programmes in 2019 in the southern parts of Bangladesh where some 914,998 refugees are living in various camps with limited access to basic life-saving services. In line with its strategic growth plan as to contributing in saving lives along with all other actors including UN, Government and donor communities, the priority areas of Light House for the response are defined as
- Ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights services with special focus on AIDS/STD Control and prevention especially for at high risk women, girls and persons with different sexual orientations
- Enhance family planning among refugee and host communities
- Protection against gender based violence, sexual exploitations and trafficking through supporting community based and institutional protection dynamics
- Repatriation, case management, shelter, mental health and psycho-social counselling and legal aids services
- Food Security and livelihoods as appropriate for host and refugee communities
Since 2019, with financial support of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Global Fund and technical support of AIDS/STD Control Programme of the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, Light House been rendering sexual and reproductive health and right services to both host and refugee communities. It has established 4 comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights services outlets known as Drop In Centers in Cox’s Bazar, Ukhyia and Teknaf sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar districts. It has strong presence in camps 1W, 1E, 2E, 2W, 3, 4, 6, 7, and KRC under Ukhyia and 24, 25, 26, 27 and NRC under Teknaf and host communities in Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts.
Light House has established a safe home for survivors and victims of trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitations. It has supported 120 victims so far providing with shelter, food, accommodation, treatment, mental health and psycho-social counselling and legal aids supports. It has registered 1800 especially vulnerable adolescents from host and refugee communities for protecting them from commercial sexual exposure, trafficking and various forms of exploitations.
Leveraging internal funds, expertise, collections and influence Light House has been able to repatriate 54 girls trafficked from Bangladesh closely working with its partners in India and Nepal.
Light House is connected with different sectors and working groups led by Inter Sector Coordination Group of United Nations humanitarian response mechanism in Cox’s Bazar and has been working in coordination with different departments of the Government of Bangladesh.
For more details, please contact:
Granar Marak, M.Phil
Light House Humanitarian Response Programme
Red Sun Apartment, 4th Floor, Marine Drive Road, South Kolatoli,
Cell Phone: +881714077519
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