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Our Story

In September 2017, a small home in Tebet, South Jakarta, was converted into a learning center by two enterprising Afghani refugees, Mohammad Baqir Bayani and Kalsoom Jaffari. Upon his arrival in Indonesia, Baqir began living and teaching at a refugee learning center in Bogor, a small town two hours away from Jakarta. He soon recognized the urgent need for basic education and positive activities for refugees, by refugees, in Indonesia.


Determined to make a positive difference in his community,

he teamed up with Kalsoom to set up HELP for Refugees Learning Center, offering informal education, basic health services, and other learning opportunities to refugees

in Jakarta.

Today, HELP has become more than a learning center. It is

a vibrant and diverse community that offers a feeling of belonging and a greater sense of purpose to people from

more than 12 different nationalities who are living with great uncertainty. We are a community of over 200 incredible people and are proud to be one of the most diverse refugee-led organizations in Indonesia.

The center is run by a small and committed team of volunteers from the refugee community, led by Zaki Azimi, Director and Principal. They understand the realities and experiences of living a life of uncertainty, which enables them to effectively meet the needs of our students and the larger

refugee community.

HELP for Refugees aims to bring the refugee and Indonesian communities in Jakarta closer together and to raise awareness and understanding of different cultures. Indonesians are involved in every aspect of our work—as volunteers, teachers, board members, and donors. Our classes are provided by a multicultural team of volunteer teachers of different ages and nationalities.

Led by refugees, HELP for Refugees is supported by an Indonesian Board of Trustees and a Board of Advisers under Yayasan HELP Indonesia Peduli, a charity registered and approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human

Rights Indonesia.

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