UNHCR's Refugee Welfare Fund

Nearly 100,000 refugee men, women and children struggle each day to survive in Malaysia. There is an absence of a legal framework in managing the refugee issue in Malaysia, and this creates great unpredictability in refugees’ lives. There are no refugee camps, and therefore refugees live in towns and cities across Malaysia, and find their own ways of coping and making a living.

While refugees work and support each other in order to survive in Malaysia, the fact that they are unable work legally and unable to earn regular income means that for most of them, making ends meet remains a daily struggle.

It is not an easy environment for refugees, but there are many opportunities for Malaysian individuals and corporations to help refugees in Malaysia as they strive to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. 

Every month, UNHCR receives over 350 new applications from refugees for financial, health and other welfare assistance, translating to over 4,200 requests every year. With our very limited budget, only a fraction of these requests can be met.

The Refugee Welfare Fund prioritises refugees with health emergencies in Malaysia. The Fund is managed by UNHCR's NGO partner, the Buddhist Tzu Chi to provide life-saving medical assistance to those in greatest need. Each donation goes directly to the Refugee Welfare Fund to help the most vulnerable individuals under our protection.  

A donation can be made by cheque, addressed to "Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia”, with the words “Refugee Welfare Fund” written at the back. This can be mailed to UNHCR at:

Refugee Welfare Fund
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
570, Jalan Bukit Petaling
50460 Kuala Lumpur

Alternatively, to bank in an amount via Bank transfer, our account number is: Maybank 512491125872. We ask that a notification is sent to infomalaysia@unhcr.org with a name and contact details for our records, so that we can issue a receipt.

To learn more about the Refugee Welfare Fund, please contact UNHCR Malaysia.

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