The Malaysian Social Research Institute originated with the need to research and promote Malaysian works on the influence of Islam. Formed in 1959, the purpose of the institute at that time was to produce and publish world-class academic scholarships.
As time passed, MSRI’s founder – the late Dato’ Dr. Alijah Gordon, whom was known for her tenacity and passion for human rights – saw a great need to assist the Palestinian refugee children living in Lebanon following the Lebanese war. In 1988, MSRI introduced the MSRI Sponsorship Programme of Palestinian Children. It was through this programme that MSRI successfully gained its recognition as an NGO that provides humanitarian support to displaced communities, particularly children. Despite having shifted towards a more localized practice in aid delivery (i.e refugee communities in Malaysia) over the last years, the cause remains the same, which is to serve and empower communities affected by displacement.
For the upcoming Universal Children’s Day that falls on 20 November each year, MSRI is hosting an event on 18 November which not only celebrates the occasion, but also honours the late Dato’ Dr. Alijah Gordon for her dedication towards building MSRI into an organisation that it has become today.
Alijah & The Children of Her Legacy brings together Alijah’s invaluable contribution towards addressing issues linked to children, displacement, and resilience. Today, her legacy remains as MSRI and its humanitarian work which continues to shape the lives of hundreds of children and their families.
Join us in honouring her memory and in celebrating the children of MSRI.