The MSRI is a Malaysian registered non-profit dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance such as education, health and empowerment programmes to urban refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.
MSRI operations rely entirely on the goodwill and donations from philanthropic individuals and corporate organizations without which, none of our programmes would be possible.
Our centers have a long waiting list of clients with high medical, education and livelihood needs.
In our efforts to maintain sustainable funding, MSRI is embarking on a project to farm 10-acres of land to produce and sell papayas.
Through this sustainable funding initiative, we hope to reduce our reliance on donations to enable the continuation of the Sahabat Refugee Project’s free services for the 7,000 clients under our care.
In this project we will be training and employing 5-10 refugee clients to work on the farm for a salary, accommodation and benefits.
Profits from the farm will be channeled to the Sahabat Education Programme, Sahabat Healthcare and the Elham Empowerment Programme.
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The Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) runs several programmes supporting refugees and asylum seekers with the goal of improving the lives of urban refugees from small minority communities.
As of December 2017, we have 1,842 families registered at our centre, which amount to approximately 5,049 refugees and asylum-seekers. Our clients come mainly from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Pakistan, with a smaller number coming from other countries such as Somalia, Yemen, Sudan or Nigeria.
MSRI provides support services which include education for both children and adults, family healthcare treatment and checkups, emergency and livelihood support. Our aim is to allow refugees and asylum seekers access basic necessities, whilst empowering them.