How many times have we heard - or even uttered - these words when we encounter news or stories about human suffering. Do they seem too distant, too far away? But we all know a father. A daughter. A friend. A teacher. A neighbour. People we spent our time with. Can we imagine being separated from them - be it through physical or imagined boundaries of nationality, language, ethnicity, class or culture?
Now, picture those at the edge: families torn apart because of border walls; an engineer who cannot find a job in a host country because of his legal status; individuals who lived in fear of their neighbours’ hate and prejudice, never feeling at home wherever they are; children losing their lives at sea in pursuit of safety. These are realities that persons labelled as “refugees” encounter. But “it doesn’t affect me, why should I bother?”
As of 2019, an estimated 71 million people have been forcibly displaced globally. Maybe we think that they belong to another country’s problems. But do borders limit our understanding of human rights or humanity: should one not be bothered by another’s plight because she/he is not one’s kin or fellow citizen?
Why do we bother with borders? Not everyone suffers from the injustice of borders. Are you bothered by borders?
Join us at RAW 2020, as we contemplate the following questions: Why bother? #Whyborder?
Show solidarity by joining our hashtag campaign #WhyBorder. What do borders mean to you?
We invite you to share your thoughts, personal stories, or stories of someone you know. Whether it is a short story, anecdote, a photograph, an illustration, even a poem or song, we welcome all.
Support Cahaya Surya Bakti (CSB), a Malaysian NGO in Johor, so that they can help Rohingya refugee families get back on their feet after the Movement Control Order in Malaysia, and ensure that their children’s education is not disrupted.
Help us reach our target of S$3,500 by 20 June. Send kindness across borders right here.
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Sign up for our online events to gain awareness and further insights: Online Exclusive Film Screening of 'Safe' on 14 June (please register here) and Panel Discussion on 20 June.
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Cahaya Surya Bakti (CSB) is a registered Malaysian Society founded with the vision of providing community-based support and assistance to the refugee population in the state of Johor, Malaysia.
Since 2013, CSB has successfully established 3 schools for refugee children and teenagers located in the areas of Kempas, Kluang and Pekan Nanas. In total, CSB oversees the education of 180 students in Johor.
Beyond education, CSB also offers a variety of programs to empower and build resilience o the community. CSB and our generous supporters become that much needed safety net.
Donate to the Give Asia campaign here: give.asia/kindnesswithoutborders
The Foundation for Rural Development is a registered nonprofit organization in Pakistan that has been working with people affected by various disasters and forcedly displaced population including the Afghan Refugees in Pakistan.
We stand with the campaign for awareness regarding refugees, because we have seen with our own eyes the sufferings of human being and have known the stories of people in other countries who suffered just because they have crossed an International border.
We call on the international community to respect the human right of asylum for all those people who fear persecution in their areas of origin and the stateless population. Every human being whether in country of birth or another country be provided with all the basic human rights, as we are human beings first.
GFLP seeks to transform the power of Love, which is the shared message of all religions, into action through dialogue, spiritual education, peace education, environmental protection, charity works, and activities related to the United Nations Culture of Peace.
GFLP international Non-Governmental Organization is affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information with an ECOSOC* special consultative status.
*ECOSOC stands for the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
HELP for Refugees is a learning centre for adults and children in the heart of Jakarta, Indonesia. Our name stands for Health, Education and Learning Program, which we aim to provide the refugee community under the legal entity of Yayasan HELP Indonesia. Our student and volunteer body consist of a vibrant and diverse group of people, cultivating a sense of belonging and a greater sense of purpose to people from more than 12 different nationalities who are living with great uncertainty.
Led by Moh. Baqir Bayani and other leaders from the refugee community, our team of volunteer teachers and staff include Arabic and Persian speaking refugees, as well as resident locals and expatriates who dedicate their time to support our future leaders, in language training, math, science, computers, and other transferable soft skills for life in Indonesia and abroad.
Our Better World is the digital storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation.
We tell stories of everyday people in Asia taking action in big and small ways to make the world a better place. Why? To inspire you to take action too. We cover many causes in our stories, including diversity and inclusion, women and girls, children and youth, the elderly and education.
Find out more at ourbetterworld.org
Project Rohingya Sisu is a Singapore-based initiative that focuses on improving the lives of Rohingya children in Malaysia and Bangladesh. We aim to educate and support Rohingya children in coping with the adversities they face at refugee camps in Bangladesh as well as support Rohingya families in Johor with basic necessities.
We hope to raise awareness in Singapore about the Rohingya community's experiences.
Watch this video to find out more.
The Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF) was set up by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) in 2005 for the Singaporean Muslim Community to create a culture of compassion and radiate blessings to the poor, to those in need and to the victims of disasters regardless of race, faith or creed, locally and globally.
The foundation also believes in the potential and capacity of the young. We strive towards nation-building and enculturing a community of care and compassion. We seek to unlock the potential within youths to build expertise and capabilities in undertaking humanitarian and community service projects.
Relief Singapore (RSG) is a homegrown social enterprise and NGO that provides healthcare, clean water, psychosocial support, and other forms of humanitarian assistance for those forcibly displaced and affected by conflicts, calamities and climate change.
Its mandate is to focus on humanitarian needs that are underserved and neglected. RSG’s vision is a world where there are “lasting, liveable and loving homes for everyone.” To this end, it seeks to provide aid to the most vulnerable regardless of race, religion, or political convictions.
Support the #SGAID Solidarity +66 Relief Fund (S66FR) for Urban Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Thailand here: give.asia/s66rf