South Sudan: Launch of the JRS psychosocial program in Yambio
Yambio - With new funding from UNHCR, JRS launched its first psychosocial program in August, 2018 to serve the IDP camp of Rimenze. Located close to the Congolese border, the camp is isolated and receives virtually no humanitarian assistance. JRS will provide psychosocial support and material distribution, and raise awareness of issues related to sexual and gender-based violence for the 7,000 people who live there.
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Ethiopia: No one is too old to learn

Dollo Ado - 48-year-old Shemsia Nuru fled Somalia with her 10 children seeking safety in Ethiopia and leaving her husband behind. Having had no chance to go to school and thinking she was too old to learn, she reluctantly joined the JRS adult education program at Melkadida camp. She went on to complete the JRS peer counseling training and now works with JRS as a peer counselor in Melkadida camp.



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Ethiopia: Promoting sustainable livelihoods through quality vocational training
Addis Ababa - The JRS Refugee Community Center (RCC) is a rare sanctuary for urban refugees and asylum seekers right in the heart of Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. The center offers a wide range of services including basic needs and psychosocial support, educational and recreational facilities, a day care where mothers can leave their young children while participating in other activities, and a host of technical and vocational trainings.
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Kenya: Secondary school refugee students’ dreams for the future
Nairobi - Between the 12th and 15th of December 2018, 48 adolescent boys and girls sponsored by JRS in secondary school spent time together at the Benedictine Retreat and Conference Center in Limuru, a town located at the eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, about 30 kilometres northwest of Nairobi.
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Kenya: education as a safe haven

Kakuma - The
young girls in the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Safe Haven shelter are
enthusiastic about their education despite the harsh conditions in the camp.


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Kenya: Tackling the social and cultural barriers to girls’ education

Nairobi, 15 February 2016 - Refugee
girls’ dreams about a better future are often frustrated by numerous obstacles
that prevent them from accessing education. Despite the right to education
being recognized as a human right by a number of international conventions, this
fundamental right remains elusive for most refugee children.


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Marking the International Women's Day

Facing unjust challenges, refugee girls have
limited opportunities to pursue their education.
At JRS, we believe a girl’s place is in school. We must make room for her. We offer focused programmes that support refugee girls
around the world as they progress throughout their education.


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Kenya: The Christmas Basket, a special appeal for the most vulnerable refugee families
Nairobi, 21 December 2018 - Over the period of Advent, the JRS-Nairobi project organized a special appeal for the most vulnerable refugee families. The appeal was carried out in various catholic parishes around Nairobi and the response was overwhelming. The donations provided much needed relief to the most vulnerable refugee families living in Nairobi.
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Christmas Greetings!
Nairobi, 21 December 2018 - Christmas Greetings!
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Urging Support for the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration
Rome, 7 December 2018 - JRS International Director’s Statement Urging Support for the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration
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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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