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    Keeping one community out of the rain

    Day 266

    Rainy Season

    In the refugee camp, Rohingya refugees need to walk long distances every day for firewood, supplies, and food rations – really anything they need. These needs don’t stop when the rain starts.

    But many of people don’t have anything to protect themselves from the torrential downpours.

    Umbrellas are a classic tool to prevent yourself from getting drenched. We thought they might be useful in this situation, too!

    We got 200 umbrellas, one to each of the families that received the plants from us. That way, the families could have something immediate – the umbrellas – and then have something long term too – the food from the plants.

    Everyone was so happy to receive the gift, and they told us that they wouldn’t just use the umbrellas for when the rains came but also to shield themselves from the sun when they were outside.

    “I will use this right away,” said Mobarshara, a woman living in this community. “I am very happy with this.”

    Back at home, these communities had the tools they needed to deal with whatever the weather might bring. But then, they lost everything. Providing something as simple as umbrellas allows families to face Mother Nature with confidence – and stay warm and dry.

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