The Chin Story
The Chin people come from the Chin state, which sits on the beautiful mountainous ranges along western Burma (now known as Myanmar). The Chins are traditional tribal people who cultivated the mountainous lands for farming. The Chin people were persecuted in Myanmar because of their religion and are forced to leave their homes, families and homeland and flee to other countries in search of safety.
The Chin people have an established community in Malaysia where they live while they wait for resettlement.
But there’s a problem
Because the Malaysian government is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, the Chin people cannot access formal education, employment and healthcare.
There are currently around 25,000 refugee children in Malaysia and only 30 per cent are enrolled in community learning centres.
The Chin community is an incredibly resilient and close-knit community who has developed several community schools, including the Zophei Nursery and Senthang Learning Centres. However without government support the community struggles to keep all the Chin children in school.
This is where we come in
We are a small organisation of passionate individuals who believe that every child has the right to feel safe and receive an education.
Mettamorphosis Inc. was founded in 2013 as a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation working towards alleviation of the personal, social, institutional and educational adversity faced by refugees worldwide.
Since 2013, Mettamorphosis have been supporting two Chin refugee schools in Kuala Lumpur, the Zophei Nursery Learning Centre and Senthang Learning Centre. During this time, we have supported over 500 Chin refugee children by providing sponsorship of school fees and funding for educational resources.
We know that for many of these vulnerable stateless children, going to school means being safe, having hope and being able to keep their dreams alive. For many of the Chin parents and families, the opportunity for their children to have an education is regarded as one of the most urgent needs.
We are aiming to raise $6000 to enrol at least 12 more Chin children in school for a whole year. [$450 will fund a child’s school fees for one year or $38 per month]. The more money we raise, the more children we can enrol in schools. The remaining funds will go directly towards providing necessary educational equipment and resources to keep the two schools open and running.
You can join us
By donating to our campaign and sharing this with your family, friends and colleagues!
Some perks for supporting us
With every donation of $50 or over, you will receive a free DVD of our multi-award wining documentary film, How I Became A Refugee, which follows the extraordinary journey of a Chin refugee family. The film has been introduced into over 30 schools across Australia as part of a national educational project to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
Stay in touch!
Our website is at http://mettamorphosis.org.au/