If you ever wanted to DO SOMETHING for climate displaced people, this is your chance to show your altruism and compassion and directly make a difference in building a better world. 

DS and YPSA are delighted to announce the launch of Phase 3 of our One House, One Family at a time project in Bangladesh where we raise funds and build permanent homes for some of this country’s most vulnerable climate displaced families.

If you have you ever wanted to do something directly about climate change, now you can.

During the first two phases of OHOF we built nine (9) high quality, safe houses providing permanent, lifelong housing solutions for more than 50 people who through no fault of their own have been displaced because of the ravages of climate change

Once Phase 3 is completed, OHOF will have built 20 homes and provided much needed housing to some 120 Bangladeshi citizens

With your help we are planning to build eleven (11) more homes and assist up to 70 more climate displaced people.

As is well-known, Bangladesh is one of the countries hardest hit by climate change. Every year tens of thousands of people across the country permanently lose their homes to rising sea levels, violent tropical cyclones, devastating floods and other effects of climate change. Most have nowhere else to go. Solving this problem starts with land.

Displacement Solutions has worked on this problem in Bangladesh for seven years with our local partner Young Power in Social Action (YPSA – www.ypsa.org). We have discovered that, after being displaced, many people are remaining in what should be temporary settings such as living on roadsides and embankments despite increasingly unliveable conditions – such as a lack of clean drinking water or unsanitary conditions due to regular flooding of their houses – but are unable to leave as they have no viable alternative; they want to relocate but have no option to do so.

We encourage everyone to donate what they can to help us reach our total target of US$ 100,100. To date we have raised US$ 12,000, so have US$ 88,100 to go – Help us reach our goal.

We urge, in particular, everyone who works for climate change organisations and these organisations themselves to put their money where their mouths are and join in this growing global effort to provide concrete housing solutions for the world’s most rapidly growing group of displaced persons, those forced to flee their homes because of climate change.

OHOF Does Something – Join Us To Do More!

We are happy to announce that we are also in the process of designing additional OHOF programmes in Papua New Guinea, India and Sri Lanka and we will keep you posted when these new OHOF’s begin! 

In our own small way, we are trying to do something. Since 2018, OHOF-Bangladesh has built nine houses near Chittagong, Bangladesh providing free, lifelong homes for around 50 people.

To support the Carteret Islanders in Papua New Guinea, we are working with our long-time partners Tulele Peisa as part of OHOF-PNG to build 31 new homes on the safer island of Bougainville at an even lower per house cost of USD 7,140 each, with an overall target of USD 221,340.

We will soon begin fundraising and building efforts in India and Sri Lanka.

All of the homes we have built thus far are all made possible by individual contributions by people like you who are tired of hearing promises go unmet, watching helplessly as CO2 levels increase year on year, and who no longer want to sit idly by and see climate displacement get worse and worse. OHOF is a project for people who want to do something practical, concrete and visible to assist the totally innocent people who have to find new homes because of the impacts of climate change. To date scores of people have generously donated 500 dollars here and 1000 dollars there towards OHOF and its objectives. Some of OHOF’s more generous contributors have given enough to build an entire house. A core element of the project is our commitment that 100% of any funds you or your friends or families are able to contribute will be sent directly to our local partners in both countries. Displacement Solutions manages OHOF but accepts no funds for this pro bono initiative and hope this will inspire FMR readers to lend a hand.

We’re still hoping and that among other initiatives courageous governments will come together to institute a worldwide climate displacement levy on the world’s wealthiest people, but in the meantime it’s up to us, and if we all come together we can begin to help solve climate displacement one house, one family at a time.

Fat too few humanitarian organisations are doing anything at all for individual families affected by climate displacement, but DS is! Haven’t we all had enough meetings, enough pontificating, enough Zoom calls and enough reports? Isn’t it time for all of us to put our money down and become a concrete part of the solution? We can all afford it; all of us. We call on everyone, especially the world’s billionaires and governments to do more and give more to this growing number of people who are forced from their homes due to no fault of their own, but we also call – win particular – on humanitarian workers everywhere to put their money where their mouths are. All humanitarians should more than willing to give up flights, holidays, fancy meals and a lot of other luxuries to make these homes a reality and I hope you will be too!

If you would like to help, please write to info@displacementsolutions.org and we would be delighted to work with you.

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