This is it everyone! Our Chuffed fundraising video.

 

Muzafar, Khadim and I are nearing the end of our epic Refugee Week 2018 Staging Post Screening Tour. We have had the most incredible time traveling to Bega, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bedigo, Armidale, Warrawong and more. We have been energised and enthused by the warmth and love we have received. As an Australian, I am especially encouraged. We are sure that the #CRLCFamily has grown in the past two weeks.

Now it is the time to ask you to support our charity, Cisarua Learning. Please help us become a viable and long-term charity through our Chuffed fundraising campaign. We are a fully registered Public Benevolent Institution and all donations are tax deductible.

Please be generous as we have a lot of work to do in Indonesia. The UNHCR has told the refugees they will be there up to 25 years and we are determined to accompany the refugees for as long as they need, and to continue the support the incredible successes they have had so far.

Beow are some photos from the tour so far and also a fundraising video made by a trio of tired, dusty and croaky filmmakers.

Thanks to all our supporters, big and small, near and far. We love you and thanks for being a part of our journey so far. Please share this video as widely as you can!

This is just the beginning.

Love

Jolyon, Muzafar and Khadim

Today is another big day for the CRLC family.

Today is another big day for the CRLC family as we resume activities after a long break. The excitement of returning to classes is evident on the faces of all the children who are so happy to see their friends and teachers again.

“I tried to be at school an hour earlier to capture some photos of students and ask about their break. But when I reached the Learning Centre around 20% of the students had already entered the building with enthusiasm and happy faces.” Said our Media Manager.

We are thrilled that all the volunteer teachers and the team are back with renewed energy and commitment to continue educating refugees. #refugees #education #children #teachers

Meet Henry Rajendra, one of the first supporters.

Meet Henry Rajendra, one of the first supporters.

Henry visited our learning centre a month after we started. In collaboration with New South Wales Teachers Federation and Australian Education Union, he arranged teacher trainers for our teachers.

Ever since he is following our journey, a great supporter, and most of all, raising our voice in Australia. Tonight he spoke strongly about refugee education during the screening of The Staging Post at Illawarra, New South Wales.

CRLC family is proud of you Henry for your support.

Art is my language.

Art is one of the most loving subjects at CRLC. Many of the students are highly interested in different art and paper work. "We love arts because it is colourful and pleasing."

Art is the language that remains fresh: you can express your feelings through art that you are not able to express through words. As our beloved art teacher said, "When no-one listens to you, you are forced to change your language. Art is my language. It gave me the voice that I was denied. Though it is silent, I feel it is very powerful."

I found some brilliant artwork of students in different classes. Each single classroom was decorated differently and was amazing. Paper work decoration, pencil colour, water and oil colours painting were glowing in the classrooms.

Happy Eid 2018

Refugees live outside of any system, and are on an uncertain journey. Dispersed around the world and away from their homes and families, they still hold onto hope, and strive for togetherness, strength and happiness.

CRLC is that centre of togetherness, community and happiness for refugees in Cisarua, Indonesia. We have created great relationships with the Indonesian and international community, and here we forget any borders and differences.

On this special Eid we wish all our friends and the muslim world a very happy and prosperous moment. We hope this Eid helps us forgive each other and achieve our goals.

Selamat merayakan Idul Fitri bersama keluarga dan handai taulan. Semoga kita semua selalu berada dalam bimbingan dan lindungan Allah SWT. Damai sejahtera Idul Fitri memenuhi hati kita semua dengan harapan dan kekuatan serta kebijaksanaan. Mohon maaf lahir batin.

Some extraordinary people from around the world have supported us.

Ever since the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre was established, some extraordinary people from around the world have supported us.

From the establishment to the sustainability of the Learning centre these people have contributed so much to ensuring the refugee children getting education in limbo. The generous Susanne Holste and Gustav who have cycled 4869 kilometers across the United States on their bikes to raise money per kilometer for CRLC. This is a pure human spirit.

We the whole CRLC family thank Susanne Holste and Gustav (https://www.facebook.com/ecomiles) from the bottom of our hearts for their magnificent and life changing fund raising for the refugee children stuck in limbo in Indonesia.

Art is one of the favorite subjects.

Art is one of the favorite subjects for most of our students. It's because you can express yourself and have a chance to show creativity. We always encourage our students to express themselves through art and share their feelings with others.

Zahra says: "If I am happy, I would draw and if I am sad again I would draw. In both cases, art helps me to express myself."

Women's Day

Let's thank the amazing creature on earth who is a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend and a leader. When we first started CRLC, it was women who were the first to step in and start teaching with very limited resources. Today we have succeeded in bringing an educational revolution among the refugee community in Cisarua. Women are the backbone behind our successful journey in the education field.

So to the brave women who started an education revolution in Cisarua, today and every other day, we say thank you. #crlcfamily

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Faraidoon Rezai

Faraidoon Rezai fled his country at a very early age. He is just 13 years old from Afghanistan. For four months Faraidoon, his brother and his mother have been in Indonesia as a asylum seekers. For the first three months Faraidoon was at home and missing his school and friends. Luckily he got enrolled at the learning centre and has built up good friendship with his classmates. He is so happy. Faraidoon is a keen student of Middle school.

Aside from schooling he plays football with his friends, which is great fun for him. It has been almost a month that he has been studying again in class. “I have improved much in English within only a month.“

Our bright student wishes to be a pilot in the future. He also wishes for his friends to not be so worried. He says, “one day each of us will get settled somewhere safe.”

Teacher training from University of Technology Sydney in Cisarua.

We are very thankful to be connected through education, with the world beyond Cisarua - especially Australia. This is the second time we have received teacher training from University of Technology Sydney in Cisarua. It is growing bigger and much more successful for us.

Teachers from different refugee led learning centres participated in the latest training, which focused on units of work and lesson plans. After visiting all the learning centres, we came back together for a final workshop, not only learning teaching skills, but also strengthening relationships and understanding among the refugee community and the UTS teachers.

Very special thanks to our supporters Lucy Fiske, Nina BurridgeDamian Maher and Bilquis Ghani

Our students spoke with our supporters in Los Angeles.

Today in the morning our students spoke with our supporters in Los Angeles. They shared their stories and answered many questions from the audience.

We're proud that our students are representing themselves and raising their voice.

We are paying the rent next month. If you want to help a refugee child to go to school - donate here: http://cisarualearning.com/support-1-1-2/

UNHCR Report on Refugee Education.

UNHCR Report on Refugee Education

UNHCR estimates that as many as 3.7 million refugee children have no school to go because they are hosted, mostly by developing countries. UNHCR seeks for support from host countries, donors, business and individuals for refugee education.

The situation in Cisarua, however, is quite different than what UNHCR reports. Instead of waiting for government or UNHCR or someone else, refugees have stepped up and provided quality education for their children. They showed resilience and innovation to start this learning centre and establish a good relationship with non-refugees who are a great support for the learning centre.

We are extremely proud that Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre was the first school for refugees and provide education for hundreds of students, young children and women. Also hosting international students and interns.

http://www.unhcr.org/57d9d01d0

Eid 2017

There is a lot suffering out there in the world this Eid. Many families are in mourning around the world.

What is needed now is not more hatred. Dig deep for the empathy. Remind yourself and those around you that it is not faith, but inhuman conditions that cause inhuman actions.
Wish your Muslim neighbors well on this most important of holidays. And ask for forgiveness, as is the custom. For we can all do more to bridge the divides.

Eid Mubarak from the community at Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre.

For our Indonesian Friends. 
Selamat Hari Raya Idul adha, Mohon maaf lahir dan batin.

Safoora Nasiri has built incredible English skills within one year.

Safoora Nasiri, 14 years old, has built up incredible English skills within just one year of being a student at CRLC. She has been in Indonesia for 13 months, with family, including her niece and nephew, who are also studying at CRLC.

“I had studied until 7th grade in Afghanistan. I had no English skills other than alphabets. Here at CRLC, it took me only four months to learn how to communicate. I meet many visitors at the learning centre, and try to communicate with them as much as I could. I am thankful to my teachers, who spent extra hours to work with my English. Today, I am able to read books from the library, and text with our visitors. I am in contact with Miss Hilly Montague, Miss Jennifer Moberg, and Miss Yvonne Mathis.”

Safoora has participated in stage programs many times, and she is also very keen on her studies. “Although mathematics is considered to be a difficult subject, it is my favorite. I love the way we study here at CRLC, because it is very interesting, and made easy! My favorite personalities are the teachers from all over the world- they help and educate everyone. I want to be a very social person, and I have many friends at the school. I request all my friends to stay calm, and study hard.”

Safoora feels safe and happy in Indonesia. But like all others, she is still in the middle of her uncertain journey, and keeps waiting for the call from UNHCR. #crlc #students #refugees #indonesia

Happy Independence Day 2017

The CRLC family and the refugee community would like to wish all Indonesians, and in particular our Indonesian friends, neighbours and supporters, a very happy Hari Merdeka or Independence Day and congratulate Indonesia on 72 years of Independence.

Many of us have lived here in Indonesia for a number of years, and we are very grateful to Indonesia for their generosity in hosting the refugee community.

Happy Independence Day to all our Indonesian friends and supporters on this special day.

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan bagi Semua teman dan pendukung Indonesia di hari istimewa ini. #Indonesia #Independendenc #Celebration #refugees