South Sudan: Launch of the JRS psychosocial program in Yambio
27 March 2019

Staff from JRS Maban traveled to Yambio to share their experience and help launch the psychosocial program there (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Yambio – JRS’s operations in South Sudan have been growing steadily over the past few years. In Maban, JRS runs the biggest project in Eastern Africa, providing a host of services including education, psychosocial support, teacher training, special needs and pastoral care.  JRS runs another project in Yambio, near the border with DR Congo, providing support to secondary schools in the area and working to promote peace and reconciliation.

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. Two psychosocial officers from Maban spent the month of September in Yambio to share their experience and help launch the program. Additionally, Maban’s Education team sent five staff to Yambio to visit the Solidarity Teachers Training College (STTC). They received training and mentoring that will strengthen their own training of teachers back in Maban’s unique emergency context.

Meanwhile, existing activities continued as planned. In August, JRS delivered over 400 school desks to 10 Primary and Secondary Schools around Yambio.  Additionally, scholastic materials including chalk, books, pens, balls, sportswear and other assorted learning materials were provided to vulnerable students and school teachers.

One of the classroom that were fitted with new desks by JRS in Yambio, South Sudan (Jesuit Refugee Service)

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