Uganda: More support needed to fight environmental degradation around refugee settlements

Kampala, 20 June 2019 - On the occasion of World Refugee Day, 16 non-governmental organisations call for urgent action to prevent and mitigate the impact of environmental degradation around refugee settlements in Uganda.



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Global: The battle to stay in touch with hope

Rome – Fr David Holdcroft SJ, the Professional and Post-Secondary Education Specialist at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), is leading the Pathfinder initiative, a programme to enable refugees to reach their educational and professional potential.



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Ethiopia: Helping one another

Mai Aini - For refugee women, having your menstrual cycle each month can be a shameful and dangerous time. Ngisti Zeleke is from Ethiopia and has dedicated a portion of her life’s work to helping forcibly displaced women. She currently serves as a hygiene teacher and instructs others how to make soft, reusable, easy to clean, cotton sanitary pads.



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South Sudan: I want to be a teacher

Maban - Basamat Osman Atom was born just a few kilometres away from Maban, in a small market centre known as Jam in Blue Nile State, Sudan. Her story is one of resilience and deep determination.



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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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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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