Ethiopia: Becoming self-reliant as a refugee in Addis Ababa
Kibret Fitsumbrehan fled her native Eritrea with her daughter seven years ago fearing for her life. She was granted asylum in Ethiopia and beat incredible odds to become self-reliant. At the JRS Refugee Community Center (RCC) in Addis Ababa, she found a new family and support for her hairdressing business. Here is her story.
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Spirit of Success in South Sudan
Sarah and Rahab are inspirational young women who are striving to complete their education in the hostile climate of war-torn South Sudan. With the help of programmes run by the Jesuit Refugee Service in the northeastern region of Maban, they are learning English to help them to pass their exams, so they can provide for themselves and help their families and communities.
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An Oasis at the Margins
Irish Jesuit Missions works in partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the camp to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons within it. They have implemented a range of projects to help this marginalised community, among them two projects aimed at addressing the education and protection needs of refugee girls and women.
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Kenya: Learning to walk for the first time at 6 years
Kakuma, 23 February 2018 - Abdikarim is 6 years old and lives in Kakuma Refugee Camp. He has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects his muscle coordination and restricts his mobility. Following an assessment done by JRS special needs care assistants, Abdikarim was referred to a JRS special needs center when he began receiving occupational therapy. His mother says she is happy to witness her son's improvements.
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Dear Friends,


We are living in a time of unprecedented human suffering where 1 in every 113 people globally has been forced to flee their home by violent conflict, persecution or environmental degradation. Many of these people are refugees living in foreign lands with no viable solutions in sight. The Jesuit Refugee Service/Eastern Africa is present in some of the world's top refugee hosting countries. As we serve these our brothers and sisters uprooted from their homes, we will continue to share our experience with you - our supporters and partners. In order to do this more effectively, we would like to understand you better and your input is absolutely of great value to us.


We appreciate your support and feedback,


The JRS/Eastern Africa Team



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Kenya: Bishops Conference celebrates the World Day for Migrants and Refugees with urban refugees
Organized jointly by JRS and the Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Seafarers of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Riruta parish, Nairobi. The event witnessed the unveiling of Pope Francis's proposals on migrants and refugees by the KCCB as an instrument to guide the Church’s own response as well as her positioning on issues affecting migrants and refugees.
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Ethiopia: Cardinal Berhaneyesus meets refugees at JRS's Refugee Community Center in Addis Ababa
During a brief visit to the JRS's Refugee Community Center (RCC) on 12 January 2018, Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, C.M., Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa emphasized that the service of refugees is a work of the Church as exemplified by Pope Francis' concern and relentless fight for the global recognition of the dignity and human rights of refugees and migrants.
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#Do1Thing: Hope for refugees begins with you

Rome, 9 January 2018 – We hear the words “refugee crisis” all the time,
and the sheer magnitude of the current situation can leave us feeling
powerless and frustrated. Whose responsibility is it to solve the
“refugee crisis”? Can anything be done? Whom should I blame for the
situation?


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Uganda: Healing and Reconciliation in Maaji III
Following a wave of inter-community violence in Maaji III, Northern Uganda, sparked by an incident during which one boy lost his life, the fighting communities were brought together in an attempt to reconcile them and allow them to grieve properly.
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Waiting and Serving in Hope
During advent we wait in joyful expectation of the birth of God among us. Christmas therefore comes as joyful culmination of a period of WAITING. We all have every reason to celebrate, rejoice and be grateful for the trust God has put in us by becoming one like us so that we can grow in the image and likeness of God. While the WAITING is now over and God is with us, for many forcibly displaced whom we serve the waiting continues in many ways.
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Uganda: Refugees and host community learn together how to solve conflict
With a massive influx of refugees from South Sudan into northern Uganda since 2016, the potential for conflict among refugees and between refugees and host community is on the rise, fueled by the refugees' traumatic past on the one hand, and disputes over sharing of limited resources with the host community on the other. Adjumani district in northern Uganda is home to nearly a quarter of a million refugees spread across 19 settlements within the host community which refugees largely outnumber. Recognizing the pressing need for conflict resolution knowledge and skills in these communities, JRS organized a workshop for community peace facilitators from 23-27 October 2017, bringing together community leaders from among the refugees and host community.
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Ethiopia: JRS inaugurates its Child Protection Centre
Addis Ababa, 6 November 2017 – Last week JRS officially inaugurated its Child Protection Centre in Addis Ababa. The centre is the first of its kind and has been operating since July. It provides a comprehensive child protection response to unaccompanied and vulnerable refugee children through various activities.
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How an inspirational high school refugee girl got invited to the State House
On October 3 2017, Tikikil was among a group of high school students invited at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, for a 3-day workshop for young leaders sponsored by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta. Originally from Ethiopia, Tikikil arrived in Kenya 4 years ago with her parents and settled in Nairobi. She is one of the beneficiaries of JRS Kenya's urban project education program. Her achievements and overall journey have been so inspirational that the school she goes to saw her as the obvious choice to represent them at the State House.
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Building refugee self-reliance through business management training in Kampala
JRS Kampala in collaboration with the Uganda Institute of Banking and Financial Services (UIB) has been offering business management training to urban refugees in Kampala in an effort to develop their entrepreneurship potential, promote their financial inclusion and improve their living conditions.
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Meet Noella Kabale, the 25-year old refugee entrepreneur from Kampala
Noella Kabale completed several JRS trainings before setting off to start her own business. She now runs an community based organization that trains other refugee and host community youth in Kampala to be self-reliant.
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Meet Fredrick Ndiwalana, the professional banker who trains urban refugees in Kampala on how to run a business
Fredrick Ndiwalana teaches business training at JRS Kampala. At the same time he is doing consultancy work to design and deliver entrepreneurial skills to urban refugees. In 2017 JRS commissioned a study which was undertaken by Fredrick focused on understanding job and livelihood opportunities available to refugees in Kampala
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Reintegration of armed elements in Yambio, South Sudan
The government has extended its amnesty to armed groups and individuals willing to surrender and be integrated into the country's armed services. Thus far, around 4,000 combatants have come forward and humanitarian agencies are being solicited to support the reintegration exercise.
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A call to action for the Horn of Africa
JRS Eastern Africa and other international organisations have signed a joint appeal to "Fully Fund Education in Humanitarian Appeals in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia".
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Graduation Ceremony at the Arrupe Learning Center, Kakuma
On July 24th 2017, 17 students of the diploma in Liberal Studies program and 162 students from various Community Service Learning Tracks (CSLT) received their certificates during a colorful graduation ceremony at the Arrupe Learning Center in Kakuma refugee Camp.
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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, JRS joined a group of faith-based organizations in issuing an official statement calling for more protective measures, particularly towards migrants and refugees who are among the most vulnerable to human trafficking.
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JRS Adjumani participates in Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees
On the occasion of the Uganda Solidarity Summit held between 22-23 of June 2017, JRS Adjumani run a campaign to highlight the pressing need for more investment in the education of the youth as Uganda continues to witness a large influx of refugees from neighboring South Sudan.
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Graduation ceremony at the Arrupe Learning Center, Maban
On July 3, 2017, JRS Maban held a graduation ceremony for over 400 learners at the Arrupe Learning Center. In his address, the project Director, Fr. Pau Vidal, sj, reflects on the moment's significance in the context of the conflict in South Sudan
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Photo Exhibition about the work of JRS around the world
On 28th June, the central building of the Catholic University of Uruguay welcomed the opening ceremony of the photo exhibit “Accompany, Defend and Serve: an approach to the work of Jesuit Refugee Service”. The exhibit, which consisted of 36 photographs and 4 large-scale graphics, collected images from the fieldwork of JRS in the five continents.
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Shoulder to Shoulder with Refugees
The Uganda Solidarity Summit was convened on 22-23 June 2017 at the initiative of Uganda's president Yoweri K. Museveni and the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, to discuss about how to support Uganda respond humanely and in sustainable way to one of the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
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