MRSI – What We Do

“I can do things you cannot.
You can do things I cannot.
Together we can do great things.”
Mother Teresa.

From the physical side to the psychological, International Student Rescue Mission (MRSI) seeks to educate, acclimate and support refugees and the communities that take them in, for the benefit of all.

MRSI takes on the task of familiarizing newly relocated refugees with their physical surroundings and everything that involves.

We provide support, advice and guidance to refugee families and individuals in the following ways:

    • *  we take a proactive, less bureaucratic and more common-sense approach, assessing, identifying and meeting the needs of both refugees and the community before the refugees arrive;
    • *  helping to find housing that meets the priority requirements of the refugee family or individual, and that may be proximity to schools, hospitals, transport routes, universities etc. This targeted approach will help make our refugees more independent within a shorter time frame, and less dependent upon volunteer time and labour;
    • *  helping refugees settle into their new home with life’s necessities: clothing, food, some furniture, and showing them where and how to purchase these items;
    • *  local neighbourhood orientation, making sure new families and individuals know where to find essential services such as local shops, health and social services, transport, and schools;
    • *  budgeting and financial matters;
    • *  liaising with local and national refugee agencies to help refugees find self-sufficiency and build new lives.

More than this, we listen with compassion and empathy.

Mercy that works.

We know that the current system of refugee resettlement can be very bureaucratic with one-size-fits-all regulations..

MRSI endeavours to take a more compassionate approach.  We work with governments and refugees and we begin by talking to all of the people involved.  We ask:

    • *  What does the host community look like, and what are its needs?
    • *  What resources can the local government and economy offer?
    • *  Where are the refugees coming from, and what are their needs?

Then we get to work, helping displaced families and individuals settle into their new communities.

This goes further than just finding them a house. Houses are good, necessary and welcome, but we believe every house should be a home.