FUTURE GLOBAL NETWORK FOUNDATION (FGN)

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FUTURE GLOBAL NETWORK FOUNDATION
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68100 Batu Caves, SELANGOR


Tel:    03-6187 7020
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Email: globalfgn@gmail.com

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FGN to help Moro refugees in Sabah and Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
20 October 2008, Future Global Network (FGN) Foundation, a network of Malaysian NGOs affiliated with the Union of NGOs in the Islamic World (UNIW) based in Istanbul, Turkey, has undertaken a survey of the status of Moro refugees in Sabah early this year. The finding indicates roughly more than 50% of refugee children between the ages of six and ten are out of school. More than 60% of teenagers and beyond are growing illiterates who cannot totally read and write, either in Arabic or English.
 
ImageCurrently, FGN is involved in looking after the manifold problems of the Rohingya refugees from Arakan, Myanmar (Burma) in West Malaysia .
 
After series of deliberations on the various problems and priorities needed to gradually ease the burden of the Moro refugees in Sabah, FGN has decided to tackle the educational problems of children first. The out-of-school ones between the ages of six and ten are estimated to be around 20,000 or more.

Due to logistic and time constraints, the survey was limited to contiguous areas on the mainland only with the exception of Pulau Labuan (FT), Pulau Mabul and Pulau Balambangan near Semporna.
 
Image{mosimage}In almost all of the main concentrations of Moro refugees, there are at least a madrasah opened or operated by either the government’s Task Force, or by the refugee community themselves who pooled-in their resources to put up shacks for madrasah and surau (prayer house) for their congregation, if mosques are quite far from their colony.
 
Except for madrasahs sponsored by the Task Force, all others are manned purely by the refugee community including Arabic and English language teachers. Malay language is taught by school leavers from amongst the refugees who have attended or passed SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education), or at least PMR (Lower Certificate of Education).
 
The teachers under the Task Force-sponsored madrasahs are paid around RM500 monthly allowances. The rests get only RM300-400, depending upon the amount of contributions received for the period from the community and some local donors, sometimes even less than that.
 
Boarding school type
 
Most of the out-of-school children come from the most indigent families. As such, FGN plans to put up a pondok-style (boarding school) madrasah where children, teachers and staff live-in the campus together. It will have facilities like a mosque, clinic, playground, fishing and gardening tools in addition to classrooms and vocational training equipment. This way will enable the children to learn better with lesser burden upon the parents most of whom cannot afford to pay even meager fees and provide proper clothes or uniforms for their children.
 
Manpower training for youths
 
FGN also plans to put-up training centres for refugee youths who have no formal education. They will be given training while they learn how to read and write. After which they will be deployed to work in factories and companies where their training can be put to good use.
 
As this endeavour would entail a lot of manpower, material and financial resources, we invite concerned individuals and institutions to share with us the burden of catering to the needs of the less fortunate Muslims. We need donations in cash and kinds, be it in a form of materials: text, reference and work books for primary schools in Malay, English and Arabic; pencils, ball pens, school supplies and uniforms, children track and athletic suits, prayer mats or sujadah and attires (male and female). Donations can be channeled to FGN directly at our address: Aras 1, Blok Persidangan Alafanda, Anjung Rahmat, Batu 6, Jalan Gombak, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, or via our bank account BIMB No  12-113-01-003041-2 or call 03-61877020, fax 03-61866020 for further info.

Your donation shall go a long way towards the temporary welfare of this downtrodden Muslim community in Malaysia. It must be noted that, unlike the Vietnamese “Boat People,” the Moro refugees are left to fend for themselves with no organized national or international body here to provide them the much-needed humanitarian assistance.
 
Relief mission in Mindanao

Along with this, FGN is also planning a comprehensive follow-up humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced people (IDPs) who are victims of recent war in Muslim Mindanao. However, utmost care is being taken to pinpoint the entry and exit points for the stuff and also our staff, as the region is volatile and could pose danger. Proper liaison is being undertaken with local NGOs, particularly in Mindanao, so as not to pose much problem to would-be recipients of the assistance, as well as the governments of Malaysia and the Philippines, security-wise.