Kakuma: student snapshots
Kakuma, 15 January 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service began to provide higher education to refugees and host community members in Kakuma refugee camp three years ago by bringing online courses from Jesuit universities around the world into a virtual classroom in the camp. Since then 69 students have graduated with diplomas in Liberal Studies, concentrating in either business or education.

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Kenya: higher education inspires a brighter future
Kakuma, 13 January 2016 – When refugees arrive in Kakuma refugee camp they are tasked with a seemingly impossible challenge: to rebuild their lives from scratch.

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Eastern Africa: higher education for refugees enables change for good
Washington DC, 21 October 2015 — The sprawling, massive Kakuma refugee camp in rural Kenya at first glance doesn’t appear to be a likely setting for innovative schooling initiatives. Despite the daily challenges of the local environment, JRS is helping conduct cutting edge programmes aimed at bringing higher education to the camp.

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Kakuma: graduates of higher education
Kakuma, 13 October 2015 – With wars waging on throughout Eastern and the Great Lakes region of Africa, a history of conflict seems to be repeating itself but graduates of Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), a project of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Kakuma refugee camp, are challenging the notion that suffering of the past defines their futures.

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Ethiopia and Chad: education is hope for refugees
Washington DC, 18 May 2015 — Access to schools and quality education is an urgent priority for all refugee children and youth. Education is the key to a better the future for refugees whatever form that future might take. Education provides a sense of stability, dignity and hope for the future both for refugee children and their families. In this short video, refugees in Chad and Ethiopia share their hopes.

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Kakuma: scholarships provide much needed hope to refugees
Kakuma, 14 April 2015 – Soon after the Jesuit Commons:Higher Education at the Margins graduation celebrations subsided in Kakuma and Dzaleka refugee camps, the graduates began actively applying at various universities with a passionate desire to continue their education.

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Ethiopia: recreational activities provide hope for young Eritrean refugees
Addis Ababa, 31 March 2015 — Mai Aini refugee camp is located in north central Ethiopia. The camp is home to about 18,500 refugees from neighboring Eritrea. Many of the camp residents are young. While they spend a few hours a day in school, there are still many hours of the day where they are confronted with the never-ending tedium of camp life.

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Kenya: no tragedy can kill hope
Kakuma, 3 March 2015 – "No tragedy can kill hope. They have taken our homes, but not our future. No matter how bad their past has been, everyone has the right to a future!" said Sylvain Ruhamya Canga in his valedictorian speech at the commencement ceremony of the online higher education implemented by the Jesuit Refugee Service.

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Uganda: JRS fame draws in large number of students
Kampala, 31 January 2014 – I remember the day quite clearly. It was on 14th of January this year, on the second day of class, when the JRS Kampala Country Representative Mr. Stephen Kuteesa walked into the more than packed English class room. What drew my attention the most was his request towards the students. The country representative asked the students in the room to stop comparing or rating JRS with other organisations in Kampala.


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Kenya: Nairobi schools given power to read by JRS
Nairobi, 28 August 2013 - It was a sunny Thursday afternoon when my colleagues and I ventured out to six primary schools located in the neighborhoods of Kayole and Umoja in Nairobi with the sole purpose of delivering textbooks for class seven and eight students.


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