Follow-up Story of JTS’s Gas Stove Donation to the Rohingya Refugees
In 2019, JTS provided 100,000 gas stoves to the Rohingya refugees
At the time, 700,000 refugees who escaped the genocide in Myanmar were living in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) provided the refugees with food, and the refugees cut down trees to cook the food.
This caused deforestation around the refugee camp, and women and children had to walk far to gather firewood, which exposed them to sexual assault.
Also, cooking with firewood inside a closed space created excess smoke, which caused various health problems.
The gas stoves provided by JTS helped 500,000 refugees.
Since women and children don’t have to gather firewood, they are now much safer. Also, children have time to study and play.
Three years later…
Three years have passed since the gas stoves were delivered to the Rohingya refugees.
When JTS volunteers revisited the refugee camp in 2022, they were impressed by the green forest that has regrown.
In October last year, upon receiving a request from the UN for additional gas stoves, JTS visited manufacturers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In March of this year, JTS signed a contract to purchase 100,000 gas stoves. The manufacturing and the delivery of the gas stoves are expected to be completed around July.
We hope that the second shipment of the gas stoves are delivered safely.
- Join Together Society (JTS), an international relief organization, is a sister organization of Jungto Society. It was founded by Ven. Pomnyun Sunim with the aim helping those in need regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, beliefs, or ideology. The members of Jungto Society raise funds for JTS through offline and online fundraising activities, as well as volunteer for various relief efforts by JTS.
JTS has been granted special consultative status by the UN ECOSOC and operates all around world, especially in Asia, to eradicate famine, disease and illiteracy. JTS, with headquarters in Korea, has 4 branch offices. JTS Korea and JTS America are in charge of fundraising, while JTS India and JTS Philippines conduct development projects in cooperation with local communities.
- The member of the Jungto Society International can make one-time or recurring donations to JTS America. Please visit https://www.jtsamerica.org for more information.