The private development agency Integrated Social Development Effort (ISDE) Bangladesh with the support of donor agency WJ Dhar, United Kingdom, recently started the second batch of the safety training programme for the displaced Rohingya and local women, says a press release.
According to the release, the training will be given at the centre situated at the entrance of Camp 13 at Palangkhali Union of Ukhiya Upazila in Cox's Bazar.
The training topics, among others, include prevention of child marriage, mental health counselling, awareness on gender equality, and prevention of gender-based violence, tailoring and handicraft training.
Around 100 to 120 women can participate in the training sessions every day. Each batch will have 20 to 25 participants. The successful trainees will receive sewing machines at the end of the training. So far, some 90 participants have completed their training at the centre.
Palangkhali Union Parishad Chairman Gafur Uddin Chowdhury inaugurated the centre through an unofficial function. ISDE Bangladesh Programme Coordinator Md Jahangir Alam, UP Member Joynal Abedin, Project Officer Office Nur Hasnat, local community leader Sahab Uddin, trainer Khaleda Begum, and others were present on the occasion.
It is to be noted that since 25 August 2017, local NGO ISDE Bangladesh has been providing humanitarian assistance to the displaced Rohingyas and the local people of Palangkhali Union in camps 9, 10, 13, 16, and 19.
These services include providing emergency health services, offering non-food items, gender-based violence awareness, child rights protection, women and child trafficking and sexual harassment awareness, water and sewerage services, personal health care education, women's skill development training etc.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisation also provided emergency food and disinfectants alongside awareness leaflets, festoons. They have also installed hand-washing facilities to prevent the spread of the virus.