Restoring Family Links

July 24, 2017

BDRCS, NHQ: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) provided livelihood support in the forms of three-wheeled light vehicle to two beneficiaries - who were repatriated from Malaysia and later reunited with their families upon their return.

Supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and facilitated jointly by the Restoring Family Links (RFL) and Community Development (CD) departments of BDRCS, both beneficiaries received income-generating assistance so they can be able to sustain a dignified living.

The ICRC detention team found Nayan*, a 15-year-old unaccompanied minor from Dhaka when they were on a visit to one of the immigration detention centers (IDCs). Nayan finally saw a ray of hope as he was able to inform his family in Bangladesh about his whereabouts using Restoring Family Links network.

ICRC facilitated his repatriation to Bangladesh to be reunited with his family. It has been almost 10 months that he had returned to Bangladesh, but yet, could not forget the trauma he had gone through. His father is a poor man, managing his family by pedaling a light three-wheeled vehicle, popularly known as Rickshaw; and it was hard for him to afford medical treatment for his elder son.

BDRCS-ICRC teams jointly carried out an assessment, and have come to a decision to support the young boy and his family so he can seek and afford better medical treatment to live a dignified life.

Two Rickshaws were given to NayanÔÇÖs father, to be able to manage the family as well as his sonÔÇÖs medical expenses.

Similar support was also provided to another RFL beneficiary, an 18-year-old Reza*. He was finally able to contribute to his family needs through the donation of a battery run three wheeler, commonly known as Tomtom.

In a touristic destination like CoxÔÇÖs Bazar, this assistance will help Reza* earn a decent earning to enjoy a better life.

P.S. Nayan* & Reza*, pseudonym.

Source : IR & Communication Dept.