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Bradford charity starts project to feed some of the world's most deprived children

Refugee Rohingya children living in Bangladesh eating school dinners provided by Charity Right

April 10, 2016

A BRADFORD charity is starting its latest campaign to provide food to some of the world's most underprivileged children.

Charity Right aims to help malnourished children who do not usually get help from larger charities.

Its latest campaign will provide meals for more than 600 Rohingya child refugees in Chittagong, Bangladesh, for a year.

The Rohinya people, from the country of Myanmar - also known as Burma - are described as one of the most persecuted groups of people in the world, denied citizenship by the Myanmar government due to their Islamic faith, and are deprived of the right to free movement.

As a result of this mistreatment, many fled to other south east Asian countries, with thousands immigrating to Bangladesh.

Charity Right marketing officer, Oliver Gwynne, said that the charity decided to help the Rohingya children because it was realised how something as basic as providing them with meals would have a major impact on their quality of life.

He said: "Charity Right actively seek out hard to reach places and communities, often where other charities don't operate so that we can ensure that our work has the maximum impact.

"A large majority of Rohingya children have not been able to access education, so by providing school meals we are able to ensure that they have the energy to get an education."

The 12-month effort will see 634 refugee children receive school meals, and the charity has teams based near to the refugee camps to provide them with their meals.

Sajad Mahmood, chief executive of Charity Right, which is based in Oakwood Court, off Thornton Road, said that the school meals have a much deeper impact than just feed the children.

He said: "There are so many stories about refugees in the news at the moment, it's easy to see why the Rohingya are being overlooked.

"Thankfully, organisations like ours can offer the forgotten Rohingya children new hope through food and education.

"We know that food nourished the mind and helps to keep poorer children in school, but it also has a bigger role to play, and we have seen how sharing school meals in a safe and friendly environment can help to restore a child's dignity as well as build happy childhood memories most of us take for granted."

Mr Gwynne also thanked the people of Bradford for their support since the charity was set up two years ago.

"The people of Bradford have been so fantastic throughout the last two years we've been operating; we originally started as a project of a larger charity and thanks to local support have been able to grow to the point where we have gained our own charity registration.

"We regularly hold Bradford-based events and volunteer meetings in Bradford and it's so great to see people who actively want to get involved whether its fundraising or donations."

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