As of March 2018, there are 155, 880 refugees in Malaysia registered with the UNHCR. Of them, 1 in 4 are children under 18. Because Malaysia has not ratified the 1951 UN Convention on the status of refugees, children of refugees and asylum-seekers are denied access to government education.
The Malaysian Social Research Institute provides education for 380 refugee students. Due to limited resources and capacity MSRI School is unable to accommodate the 200+ students on the waitlist.
At the end of 2017 we decided to operate the school in two sessions: morning and afternoon. With this new system we hope to reach an enrollment of 400 students. Having two sessions means longer hours for teachers, as well as increased use of utilities.
To continue providing education and 1 meal a day to each student, MSRI is in need of support. Our goal is to raise funds for teachers' salaries, rent, utilities and learning materials for the students.
What can your donation provide?
RM20 can provide one student with meal every school day for a mont
RM50 can cover the cost of textbooks and printing materials for one student for 2 months.
RM250 can cover the cost of electricity and water at the school for a month.
RM400 can employ a teacher for a month.
Raised of MYR 27,500.00 target.
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.