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. We currently have over 7,000 refugee clients registered with us.
In our efforts to maintain sustainable funding, MSRI is embarking on a project to farm 4-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 local Malaysian workers from the B40 groups to work on the farm for a salary and benefits. The profits from the farm will be channeled to benefit hundreds of refugee families by improving their access to MSRI's free healthcare, education and livelihood programmes.
During harvest (when a lot of manpower is needed), we will engage with refugees to work on the farm alongside the locals for wages.
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 minority communities (middle east and north african refugees and asylum seekers).
As of December 2019, we have 2,000 families registered with MSRI, which amountS to approximately 7,000 refugees and asylum-seekers. Our clients come mainly from Afghanistan, Somalia, Palestine, Syria, Pakistan, with a smaller number coming from other countries such as Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Sudan or Yemen.
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.