A marketplace event in Malaysia for World Refugee Day took place on July 8th. From Tongue in Chic:
This was a networking event where NGOs could pitch project ideas in areas such as health and education to individuals or those in the private sector. For anyone looking for ways to help refugees living in Malaysia, this was the event to attend.
In addition to the ‘Marketplace’, UNHCR will also set up a Refugee Artisan Bazaar, for the public to meet refugees and support the refugee artisans who produce arts and crafts works as well as food items. These items will be sold by the refugee artisans, and 100% of the profit will be given directly to these refugees.
A refugee from Yemen living in Malaysia (C) shows honey at the refugee marketplace in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2017. The marketplace event aims to bring together potential private sector donors with those running projects for refugees, in an interactive atmosphere where NGOs can meet and speak to potential donors, and pitch their proposals for funding needs in areas of health, education, livelihoods, and protection. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
From Free Malaysia Today:
Refugees came together in Malaysia for a marketplace event to showcase their handmade goods.
“The purpose of today is to bring together refugee communities, supporters of refugees and ordinary Malaysians to see how we can better support the lives of refugees in the country.
“What we hope is that through this kinds of things, refugees will find stronger support, as in both financial support and moral support.
More than 26 NGOs participated in the event.
According to the UN Refugee Agency, as of June 2017 there are 2,100 Yemeni refugees or asylum seekers in Malaysia.
An Afghanistan refugee living in Malaysia (R) sells her country’s traditional food at the refugee marketplace in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2017.