2000 people are homeless after Dhaka’s biggest slum caught fire on Sunday, 4 December. 495 households were destroyed in less than two hours.
BRAC has started a donation drive to raise BDT12,375,000 (BDT25,000 per family) for helping them to rebuild their lives. UNDP has contributed BDT 65, 000, 00 from their emergency fund. The remaining BDT 5,875,000 needs to be raised.
BRAC is working with Dhaka North City Corporation and various NGOs and community organisations in Korail in this effort.
225 children and eight pregnant mothers no longer have a place to sleep. Winter has just started, and the people who lost their homes in the fire have lost everything.
Interested people can donate directly to BRAC via a BRAC bank account,
Account name: BRAC, BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali
Account number: 150120-2316474001
Or Bkash number: 01730321765 (instruction).
BRAC has been supporting families since the fire started. BRAC staff were on the ground during the fire, shepherding children and young people through the chaos into a safe space nearby. The space was kept open, with food and water provided until everyone was connected to their families in the evening. Two pregnant mothers were evacuated.
In the two days following the fire, utensils and cookware, 500 blankets and hygiene soaps were distributed. Sir John Wilson School’s donated 758 pieces of clothing. Eight pregnant mothers received BDT 1,000 each in cash and will continue to receive free maternal health care for the next one month. BRAC will continue to provide treatment through a temporary medical camp.