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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Building self-reliance and promoting the inclusion of those with disabilities in Kakuma Refugee camp
Elizabeth Wanjiku has been the coordinator of the JRS Special Needs department in Kakuma refugee camp since January 2017. One of the principles that guide JRS’s work with people with special needs is the conviction that each person has potential. Through a personalized program of formation designed specifically for people with special needs, JRS staff are discovering how they can tap into this potential, to nurture and develop it. Elizabeth walks us through this process and explains how the department helps the beneficiaries integrate into society after they have left the program.
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World Refugee Day Celebrations in Nairobi
The World Refugee Day was observed in various parts of the world on Tuesday June 20 2017. In Kenya, the occasion was marked nationally at the graduation grounds of the University of Nairobi, under a mildly sunny sky. The overall atmosphere was undoubtedly different from a year ago when the annual event was transformed into a sad trading of aggrieved declarations between refugees, human rights activists and the humanitarian community on the one hand and the Kenyan government on the other, following the latter’s announcement a month earlier that it would close Dadaab, then the largest refugee camp in the world. One year down the line, the government position has softened significantly, although it remains committed to the voluntary repatriation program of Somali refugees.


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Giving a second chance to girls in South Sudan
The phenomenon of child marriages is widespread in South Sudan where 52% and 9% of girls below 18 and 15 years respectively are married. This denies such girls the chance to continue with their education, thus severely limiting their future opportunities. However, a few of them do return to school and easily blend in with the other children.
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South Sudan: Healing Hands
I am Mariam Luma, one of the thirteeen (13) home visitors for JRS Maban (South Sudan) whose work is to visit and accompany persons with disabilities in Doro Refugee Camp and in the host community in their homes.
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I AM A REFUGEE
I am REFUGEE, captive and prisoner to wars and destruction of the world.
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Ethiopia: Keeping hope in the children
Mai Aini, 10 February 2017 – Osmaan* has spent his entire life building from the ground up. Born into a farming family in what used to be northern Ethiopia, he later moved to Sudan, working for American oil companies, digging to the depths of Sudan’s oil fields. 
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Uganda: Understanding their needs, ensuring their education
Kampala, 11 January 2017 - Isaac Ijjo's life always straddled a border. Once a refugee in former Sudan in the 1980's, he later returned to Uganda to assist in the JRS response to Sudanese refugees in the 2000s.
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Uganda: A joint appeal to end violence in South Sudan
Kampala, 16 December 2016 - On the third anniversary of the outbreak of violence in South Sudan in December 2013, the Government of Uganda Office of the Prime Minister, six UN agencies and eleven humanitarian organisations in Uganda are appealing to the world to bring an end to the suffering of the South Sudanese people.
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Artists in motion paint for a more inclusive world
Mai Aini, 18 November 2016 – When Filmon feels lonely or upset, he hides himself in an art studio in Mai Aini refugee camp in Ethiopia. He is one of 50 painters of all ages who come to express themselves in JRS art classes where they illustrate multi-faceted issues of displacement – from persecution to flight; dangerous journeys to their hopes and dreams.
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Global: bringing light to the child migrants in our midst
Rome, 17 November 2016 – On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis' appeal "to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants." In this time of epic human displacement, "children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless".
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Kakuma: psychosocial care for vulnerable children
Kakuma, 17 November – Children in the context of a refugee camp, an urban setting, or any other location around the world fall into a category of individuals who are extremely vulnerable. Simply looking at their status in the world will identify that.
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Kakuma: the yearning to affirm life
Kakuma, 1 November 2016 – The sprawling refugee camp of Kakuma in Kenya is amongst the top 10 largest in the world. Children, teenagers, women and men can live there for many years. At the same time new asylum seekers, mostly from South Sudan, continue to arrive in great need of assistance. The Jesuit Refugee service (JRS) is there on the ground to help.
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