Refuge for the Refugees (RFTR) started off as a project in June 2012 with a simple wish – to help a certain refugee school stay open. Refuge for the Refugees (RFTR) is a Non-Governmental Organization started by a bunch of 18 year olds passionate about living life to the fullest and making every single day count by putting others before ourselves, placing their needs before our own, touching lives and making a difference wherever we are, however we can and whenever we can.
In our work, we believe in impacting not only those who are on the receiving end of good works, but also those who are doing these good works. As we work on highlighting, raising awareness and improving the plight and situation of those in need, we also hope to encourage a generation of Malaysian youth to know that even at their young age, they can begin making a difference in the lives of those around them.
We also see it as our role to connect volunteers, sponsors, and partners from various levels of society to the school. We are keen to raise the awareness of the plight of these refugees in every strata of Malaysian society; from individuals to families, from young children to adults, from private corporations to governmental organizations. The more awareness we can raise and the more light we can shed on the plight of these refugees, the more opportunities we will have to be able to help and support them in their time of need.
For the past year, our organization has been working closely with refugee communities especially with refugee children concerning their education. Due to their refugee status, these children cannot attend schools and are therefore forced to make do with whatever limited resources they might have. Most attend schools which are sponsored by non-governmental organizations and even then, many times there are simply not enough available resources to provide all the children with their most basic needs.