What we do

1. fugee school



We want Fugee students to realise their full potential and value by equipping them with the right academic, creative and life skills in an environment free from discrimination and exclusion. We know that education is the key that can open doors to a brighter future.



Fugee School strives to ignite an endless passion for learning and growing within every child.

Established in 2009, Fugee School remains the heart of the organisation, it was born to address the gap in providing four children from the Somali refugee community in Kuala Lumpur with basic Math and English lessons. Since then, Fugee has grown its scope and size dramatically, and now provides equitable access to holistic and high quality education, as well as a range of support services, for over 200 students each year.

Fugee School has proven to be not just an academic learning centre but also a transitional school for our students who will eventually get resettled. With us, Fugee students are equipped with academic support and transition-readiness by learning the right academic, creative and life skills so they can cope with challenges they face today and will encounter in the future.

The holistic education we provide our students train them to be resilient, adaptive and empowered individuals. Education is the key that can open doors to a brighter future. To date, Fugee School has educated over 500 children and youth.

2. fugee youth academy

Fugee has established the Fugee Youth Academy in 2020 to channel and provide structure to our work towards improving access to education and internship opportunities for young adults.

The Fugee Youth Academy launched in 2020 with the aims of organizing learning programmes for young adults and seeking for internships and job opportunities. Counselling and coaching, and networking with companies, universities and training providers to facilitate access to the participants in our programmes are key aspects of the Academy’s operation.

The educational offer of the Fugee Youth Academy ranges from courses with an academic focus addressed to

transition to tertiary education

  • CERTE Bridge Course
  • General Education Development (GED) Course
  • Access to IGCSE

to skill-based training programmes

  • Vocational Training
  • Youth Leadership
  • Other training programmes – Amala Education

Some of these courses have been coordinated and offered by Fugee in the last few years. By integrating them in the curriculum and operation of the Fugee Youth Academy we highlight the need of a targeted approach to encompass the needs and aspirations of young refugees.

Why we established the Youth Academy?

Access to Tertiary Education

Since 2016, 8 Fugee students have received assistance to access the IGCSE exams and more than 10 students have participated in CERTE Bridge Course.

Access to Job Markets

When the Buddy programme kicked off in 2016, since then, at least 15 Fugee School students have participated, eventually acquiring teaching and administration skills while perceiving an allowance from Fugee School for their work. Some of these students have been later on hired as teacher assistants in other schools.

Up to 15 Fugee students have been part of Drums for Hope. Besides learning how to play a musical instrument and building their soft skills, the students have earned income from their participation in performances.

Fugee School has steadily increased its efforts in improving students’ employability. This work has led to the design and implementation of skill-based courses and an internship programme which from 2020 onwards, these will be organized via The Fugee Academy.

Becoming Change-making Agents

Project Stand Up (PSU) was created by 8 Fugee alumni in 2016. Since then, it has become a globally recognized, award winning initiative focused on improving access to and participation in education, particularly for girls. PSU develops and delivers trainings to encourage youth, particularly girls, to become change agents in their community. Together with the training programs, PSU has also designed mobile applications for community work and to facilitate access to relevant information for refugees.

With the support from Fugee, PSU has been awarded with grants from the Australian Cooperation, Kolibri and the UNHCR Community Connectivity Fund.

Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming Fugee Youth Academy!

3. advocacy & outreach

Our approach is awareness campaigns, followed by actionable opportunities which organically opens up portals for access and opportunities for the refugee community. By building comprehensive coalitions and defining common goals, we’ll achieve a multiplying effect in our advocacy efforts.

Advocacy awareness for policy change

We participate in panels and conferences such as the 2019 Rotary Malaysia conference which brought together various stakeholders to discuss the right to work. We also moderated an important panel by Ideas Think Tank featuring key international political and business figures advocating refugee rights to work to the Malaysian government. Fugee also assisted in getting corporate signatures for the Tent Foundation advocacy letter submitted to the Malaysia government.

Together with academics and civil society actors and in consultation with public higher education institutions, we have participated in the drafting of the Whitepaper ‘Towards Inclusion of Refugees in Higher Education in Malaysia’.

Advocacy action for access to opportunities

As part of our commitment to ensuring access to opportunities at all levels, we work with partners to ensure that the refugee youth can further their studies, seek vocational skills training and secure internships when possible.

Fugee has organized for the third consecutive year the CERTE Bridge Course that bridges the gap between refugees with high school education and access to tertiary education in Malaysia. The course is the result of a collaborative effort involving Fugee as coordinator, international organizations like Opening Universities for Refugees, as well as UNHCR Malaysia, universities, community learning centres and committed individuals, refugees and non-refugees.

Continuing with our work towards improving access to university for refugees, Fugee School has launched its GED course. The General Education Diploma is an accredited higher secondary education diploma acknowledged in many countries worldwide. Fugee has opted for organizing this course given that GED is overall more affordable and it can be prepared in only 1 academic year, therefore allowing a quick tangible outcome for accessing university be it in Malaysia or in the country of resettlement.

4. project stand-up

Project Stand Up (PSU) grew from a Development Studies class at the Fugee School. PSU is now run by Fugee School alumni. Fugee has impacted over 400 children and youth including their team as Fugee alumni.

PSU is a youth initiative that is focused on improving youth participation, decision-making and improving access to education for the refugee youth, particularly girls and young women. PSU is governed using the youth-adult partnership (YAP) methodology and Refugee Led Action Principles.

5. FugeeLah

– the independent business entity of Fugee


Fugeelah wants to see a Malaysia where refugees have equal opportunities.


They work with the refugee community to create lifestyles accessories for contemporary individuals committed to people and the planet.

Fugeelah is the business arm of Fugee Org. It runs as a separate, independent mission-driven social enterprise, created for children and youth seeking refuge in Malaysia. Founded by Deborah Henry in 2017 – with a humble starting grant 5000 USD from UNHCR and a Rotary Club – the primary purpose is to contribute towards the sustainable running of Fugee School, a not-for-profit organisation that provides free education and community support to those in transit.

Over the last three years Fugeelah has grown into a thriving ethical jewellery brand that is deeply devoted to quality, both in the jewellery we make and the lives we aim to encourage. They dedicate themselves to thoughtful sourcing, fair wages and give-back initiatives that truly have an impact. Fugeelah educates, employs and empowers refugee children and youth so they can approach life with dignity, purpose and pride.