In 2014, a small group of refugees, stuck in Indonesia, used a single $200 donation to start a refugee-led school, the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre. The school was an instant success and before long there were over 20 volunteer refugee teachers and up to 300 refugee students, from 4 to 60 years old. The school completely transformed the community and, as other refugees saw their success, they started to their own schools. In 2019, there are at least 11 refugee-led schools and, according to the UNHCR, over 1800 refugees getting education.
In 2017, Jolyon Hoff, the first CRLC supporter, and Muzafar Ali, a CRLC co-founder now resettled in Australia, started an Australian Registered, Public Benevolent Institution with DGR status, to support the CRLC and other the refugee initiatives. We work with former CRLC Manager, Tahira Razai.
We are all deeply committed to supporting and accompanying the refugees in Indonesia for as long as they need, and in 2019. There is no quick or simple solution, but we know from experience that ‘from little things, big things grow’!
Please join our borderless community and become part of our journey. This is just the beginning.