Uganda: JRS hands over newly constructed school facilities to the community
Moyo, 8 October 2018 - Two schools in Moyo district, norther Uganda, received new facilities built by JRS with funding from Education Cannot Wait (ECW) during a handover ceremony presided over by Fr Frido Pflueger, the new JRS Uganda country director.
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Uganda: Meet Country Director, Fr Frido Pflueger SJ, and Welcome Fr Kevin White SJ as the new Geneva Representative
Kampala, 29 October 2018 - We say Goodbye to Fr Kevin White SJ and heartily welcome Fr Frido Pflueger SJ as the new Country Director for JRS Uganda. Christina Zetlmeisl, Programs Officer for JRS Uganda, spoke with both men about their new assignment.
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South Sudan: A Trail of Destruction and Uncertainty
Maban, 23 July 2018 - What started as a protest about job opportunities turned violent when a group of about 2000 local youths attacked NGO compounds, causing a lot of destruction and forcing NGOs to temporarily suspend their activities and evacuate their staff from the area. The situation is yet to return to normalcy.
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South Sudan: The humanitarian community condemn attack on humanitarian aid agencies in Maban
Maban, 04 August 2018 - Following violent attacks against humanitarian aid agencies by local youth, these agencies were forced to evacuate their staff from the area and temporary suspend their activities. In the aftermath of these attacks, the South Sudan NGO Forum has released a statement condemning these attacks and urging the government to ensure protection of humanitarians aid workers in South Sudan.
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South Sudan: Statement from the Irish Jesuit Missions on the Violence in Maban
Maban, 3 August 2018 - Following violent attacks against humanitarian aid agencies, more than 300 staff from NGOs in the region, including 25 JRS team members have now been evacuated by the UN for their safety. The team is now safe and the project leader Fr Tony O'Riordan SJ is currently monitoring the situation. The attack has forced JRS to suspend all but critical activities in the local communities and with the refugee population in the Maban area.
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“Teach us to give and not count the cost
Tomorrow is 31st July and is St. Ignatius Feast Day, the day we commemorate the life of the founder of the Society of Jesus. This is a perfect occasion to reconnect with our roots as JRS. Much of what makes JRS unique has to do with the particular Ignatian worldview, a worldview infused with the spiritual revolution that St. Ignatius started.
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South Sudan: Fostering Peace through Sports in Yambio
Yambio, 25 July 2018 - Imagine a world where sports is used to settle conflicts instead of violence. Wishful thinking? Not at all. JRS Yambio project, South Sudan, made this a reality.
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Uganda: Building self-reliance among urban refugees in Kampala
Kampala, 17 July 2018 - The JRS center in Kampala is a place teeming with activity, ranging from toddlers chanting the alphabet in the kindergarten class to fashion and hair dressing classes. Refugees come here for a number of services, including learning different skills to improve their livelihoods. This year JRS introduced two new skills training offerings: Electronics and Repair and Computer Networking.
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Uganda: I want to stay in school (Part II)
Adjumani, 3 May 2018 - Joyce is from South Sudan and has been enrolled at Pagirinya Secondary School since 2017. This is the only secondary education institution within the sprawling Pagirinya refugee settlement in Adjumani district, northern Uganda. The school started as a community initiative and JRS has been supporting it by paying the salaries of some of the teachers and supplying learning materials. Access to education in the settlement remains a huge challenge and girls in particular are at a high risk of never seeing the inside of a classroom.
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Uganda: I want to stay in school (Part I)
Adjumani, 3 May 2018 - Joyce is from South Sudan and has been enrolled at Pagirinya Secondary School since 2017. This is the only secondary education institution within the sprawling Pagirinya refugee settlement in Adjumani district, northern Uganda. The school started as a community initiative and JRS has been supporting it by paying the salaries of some of the teachers and supplying learning materials. Access to education in the settlement remains a huge challenge and girls in particular are at a high risk of never seeing the inside of a classroom.
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Sudan: JRS mission in Darfur ends
Darfur, 2 May 2018 - After 13 years serving the people of Darfur, Sudan, in areas of education recovery and reconstruction, JRS officially closed its operations there on 31 March 2018 at a ceremony during which the project was handed over to the government. JRS leaves behind a legacy of dedicated service to the community whose hospitality and participation it is deeply grateful for.
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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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We need your feedback!

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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