Cisarua Learning

There are approximately 5000, mainly Hazara, refugees living near Cisarua, Indonesia.

It has been an incredible journey so far. Nearly 200 students are learning at the CRLC, including more than 50 older women and mothers who are attending school for the first time in the afternoons.

Persecuted by the Taliban, they have sold everything they own, and borrowed as much as they can to get to Indonesia. With people- smuggling boats no longer going to Australia, they must hope to make it through the long and opaque United Nations resettlement process. It could take years, and there is no road back.

On 2014, a small group decided to start a school, The Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre. Unbelievably, through the school, the refugees found they were having the best days of their lives. Instead of sleeping all day, they got up early to go to class and to prepare lessons. Parents made lunches and delivered their kids to school, proud that they were able to provide an education for their children. They even started a school football tournament, and the female teachers played football for the first time in their lives.

Underneath all this excitement and optimism is the reality that they are refugees. They cannot work in Indonesia, or be resettled there. The school is not officially registered and could be closed at any moment. Any financial or medical emergency could mean complete disaster for the families, and the Taliban continue to kill and bomb their relatives and friends back in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

They are in the middle of a real life gamble, and the stakes could not be higher. If they are not successful, there are no second chances.

The Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre gives them hope, a sense of community, an identity, and an education.

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