For refugee children in Malaysia, going to school is only a distant dream. As of the end of May 2019, there were some 173,730 refugees and asylum seekers registered with the UNHCR, out of which 44,130 are refugee children below the age of 18 years. Due to a lack of legal status, refugees cannot seek legal work, their children can’t attend school and access to healthcare is limited.
Malaysia is a transition country for refugees from all around the world. While waiting for resettlement – a process which can take years – refugees have to rely on non-profit organizations like Fugee.
In 2009, Fugee School was established to address this gap to provide four children from the Somali refugee community of Kuala Lumpur with basic Mathematics and English lessons. Since then, Fugee has grown its scope and size dramatically, and now provides equitable access to a broad-based, quality education, as well as a range of support services for over 200 students each year.