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JRS Southern Africa is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organisation affiliated to the Society of Jesus. The regional office in Southern Africa supports country programmes in Angola, Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. With a mandate to serve refugees and forcibly displaced persons, country projects include assisting refugees to access education, healthcare, and offering small business support.
JRS institutes legal workshops for refugees and government officials in order
to educate individuals about the rights of refugees. JRS also assists refugees
in filing appeals if they have been denied refugee status.
JRS works with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins in Dzaleka
refugee camp to bring a variety of educational initiatives to displaced persons.
JRS also brings psychosocial programmes to refugees and displaced persons
requiring psychosocial support.
Zimbabwe, JRS works in Tongogara refugee camp to bring skills training to
refugees and displaced persons. These trainings include computing,
hairdressing, cosmetology and sewing classes. There are also initiatives that
work to bring accredited education and scholarship programmes to students in
Africa, JRS works with refugees in urban areas like Johannesburg and Pretoria
to generate income. Since Johannesburg is home to the largest urban refugee
population in the world, JRS works tirelessly with refugees to create sustainable
livelihoods and vocational training and assistance in setting up small
Graduation Ceremony at the JRS Arrupe Center, Johannesburg
September 22, 2017 at Cathedral Hall, Johannesburg, 119 women supported by JRS South Africa received their certificates upon completing skills training courses in sewing, hairdressing, baking, cosmetology and computer literacy.
South Africa: Homebased Care, Accompanying Refugees with Ill-Health into the New Year
Johannesburg, 7 January 2016 – Johannesburg is only now emerging out of its quiet slumber as the holiday season is winding down and work, trade and industry commences into the New Year. The customary hustle and bustle that defines Johannesburg has not been fully re-ignited as many are still enjoying their extended break emerging from the Christmas season and the New Year. However, the Jesuit Refugee Service’s (JRS) two professional homebased caregivers, Marcelline Sangara and Janine Kukasheta, selflessly continued their mission of accompanying refugees and asylum seekers with chronic medical ailments, while most were enjoying their leisure time.
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