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Where we work
JRS programmes, found in over 50 countries worldwide, provide assistance to over 730,000 individuals. This service provision is overseen by 10 regional offices with support from the International Office in Rome. For the contact details of each regional office, click on the map and see the details below.

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 Preschool, primary and secondary education in Muyinga and Ruyingi Provinces
In Muyinga and Ruyigi provinces, the Jesuit Refugee Service collaborates with UNHCR in educational and vocational projects, working in the camps of Kinama, Musasa, Kavumu and Bwagiriza, where more than 32,000 Congolese families are long-term settled.

Concerning education, the main objective of the intervention in these provinces is to enhance refugees’ living conditions through access to quality education in order to improve their professional and literacy skills to assure sustainable livelihoods.

JRS is promoting access to quality preschool, primary, and secondary education for refugee students through free schooling, catch-up sessions for new arrivals, kits distributions, and through the improvement of school infrastructures and teacher training. Major efforts are being developed in mainstreaming the gender approach by strengthening girls’ schooling by the recruitment and training of women teachers.

Along with early childhood development and sport and leisure activities, JRS has also created programs to promote to promote psychosocial welfare of refugee children of all ages in the camps.

In collaboration with the Centre de Développement Familial et communautaire de Bujumbura(CDFC), JRS identifies the most socio-economic vulnerable people or families to become IGA beneficiaries as well as young people in need of vocational training, which ensures their access to professional internships as trainees in local businesses. Vocational training in soap manufacturing, basketwork, mechanics, carpentry or plastic arts, adults’ literacy, and access to Income-Generating Activities (IGA) are implemented in this project. Aiming to enhance refugees’ livelihood and their integration in the surrounding local communities, IGA management trainings works to provide cash grants, theoretical training,and professional internships as apprentices in existing local businesses.




Great Lakes Africa
Bahati Martin

bahati.martin@jrs.net
+257 78 991 302

JRS Great Lakes Africa is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization sponsored by the Society of Jesus. The regional office coordinates the delivery of education, housing, psychosocial and recreational services, as well emergency assistance and support to become self-sufficient, to vulnerable refugee and other displaced populations in Tanzania, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.






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