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Heidy Quah

2018 Fellow

Founder and Director, Refuge for the Refugees


Heidy Quah is founder and director of Refuge for the Refugees, a non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness regarding the status of refugees in Malaysia as well as provide education for refugee children. Now in its fifth year, Refuge for the Refugees supports and empowers 35 refugee schools, two halfway homes, and a refugee vocational training school across Malaysia and Myanmar, ensuring and fighting for quality education for all.


In addition to raising awareness and providing education and entrepreneurship skills for refugees, Heidy works on the ground to rescue refugees from detention camps and human trafficking rings. Her work with refugees has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II, who awarded her the Queen’s Young Leader Award in 2017.


Heidy was selected as a 2018 Global Freedom Exchange Fellow.