Rohingya Crisis

We are accepting donations to help Mission & Service partners provide relief to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh)
Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh)
Raisa Chowdhury/ICCO Cooperation

Nearly 1 million Rohingya children, women and men were forced to escape violence in Myanmar by fleeing to Bangladesh. Two years after one of the largest forced displacements, the people of Rohingya continue to live in camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. The prolonged humanitarian crisis has led to increasing tensions between the host community in Bangladesh and the Rohingya refugees as a result of environmental degradation, increased requirement for scarce resources and employment, and rising costs of goods and services. Life-saving assistance including food, water and health sanitation facilities, and protection remains an urgent need in the extremely crowded camps.

Mission & Service partner, ACT Alliance is responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh. In addition to providing immediate needs of food, shelter, health and sanitation, and protection, ACT Alliance is working to foster dialogue between the host community and refugees to encourage social cohesion.

Please include the displaced Rohingya people in your prayers. To date between individual donations and government matching, Canadians have contributed over $25 million. The United Church continues to accept donations, below, to support the work of partners' with the Rohingya people, particularly vulnerable women and children.

Donate Now

Online via our secure donation page.

Phone: 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Rohingya" on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church's Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

For more information, contact:

Thi Van HoangProgram Coordinator, Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Responsethoang [at] united-church.ca416-231-7680 ext. 2758
1-800-268-3781 ext. 2758


Published on: 
March 12, 2019
Last updated: 
December 5, 2019
United Church people have given $86,000 towards humanitarian relief in Cox’s Bazar and Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp in the world.
Last updated: 
September 5, 2019

They say a picture is worth more than 1,000 words, and I agree.

To try to understand the Rohingya crisis, I had read much about who the Rohingya Muslims are and why they are being persecuted. It has been pretty much an exercise of thinking—a head exercise. That changed when I saw the picture (above) taken by ACT Alliance photographer Paul Jeffrey. I looked into the eyes of this girl, her eyes filled with hope as she holds up her card from the UNHCR (the United Nations’ refugee agency) in Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh.

Behind her eyes you can see that she has been...