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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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 Education and vocational training in Masisi
Masisi, in the North Kivu Province, is one of the richest and most unsettling territories in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, thousands of families are forced to flee their villages every year because of armed conflict, ethnic violence, and insecurity.

JRS supports those forcibly internally displaced people in the camps of Kalinga, Lushebere, Bihito, Bonde, Bushani and Bukombo, through education, emergency assistance, and livelihood activities; pastoral and psychosocial services are also provided to the most vulnerable.

In addition to food and non-food items (NFI) distributions, JRS organizes "life skills" workshops as a part of a psychosocial welfare project. During these workshops, topics such as hygiene and health, human relationships, or nutrition are discussed. In this same intervention, psychosocial support to women and young girls-who have survived sexual violence is being provided. Central to the work of JRS in Masisi town is the promotion of women's rights, particularly to bring an end to sex and gender based violence.

An ongoing, integral educational project funded by Entreculturas aims to improve youth’s access to a quality secondary education in the surroundings of the displacement sites, through material kits distributions, teacher trainings, parental participation, and scholarships.JRS pays 50 percent of the school fees for displaced students who meet defined vulnerability criteria, and parents are then encouraged to pay the other half. In addition, students in the last year will benefit from special training and support to prepare and access the national exams.

Additionally, Alboan is strongly supporting the enhancement of the secondary school quality in this region, through capacity building of local education authorities such as inspectors and schools directors.

Alongside and financed by GEI (Global Education Initiative) and JRS USA, a tertiary education program is also being developed, to continue to accompany those students who have been JRS beneficiaries during the secondary level. This project just launched the construction of a higher education center supported by IDG, and aims to give the most vulnerable, young displaced people the opportunity to access a quality tertiary education.

Vocational training in jobs such as carpentry, basketwork, sewing or soap manufacturing, promote the socioeconomic empowerment for the refugees (especially women), and assist with their integration in the surrounding local communities. Thanks to the support of Entreculturas and the Society of Jesus from Austria and Germany, those who were once the most vulnerable have improved their livelihoods and living conditions.




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.


Democratic Republic of Congo: after the war, signs of peace and reconciliation in Masisi

Bujumbura, 30 January 2013 – After months of bitter conflict, intercommunity tensions and dozens of dead in Masisi in eastern Congo, there is an atmosphere of relative calm and a renewed sense of hope between local communities. The mass participation of teachers and students in the workshop on teaching methods is a concrete sign of this desire to start over.
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Families terrorized in Dem. Rep. of Congo

(Goma) November 27, 2012 — Displaced families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are daily suffering the effects of the violent attacks of numerous armed rebel groups in the area and are living in constant fear of the imminent arrival of the M23 rebels, who have already taken control of Goma in eastern Congo.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: stop the forgotten conflict in Masisi

Masisi (North Kivu), Rome, 14 November 2012 – Since last August, communities living in Masisi district in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been displaced on a daily basis and at least 18 have been murdered, caught between tit-for-tat attacks by opposing rebel groups. Unless the peacekeeping forces (MONUSCO) and the Congolese army urgently intervene to protect the civilian population, more innocent lives will be lost.
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Stop the forgotten conflict in the Dem. Rep. of Congo

(North Kivu, DRC) November 14, 2012 — Since August, communities living in Masisi district in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been displaced on a daily basis and at least 18 have been murdered, caught between tit-for-tat attacks by opposing rebel groups. Unless the peacekeeping forces and the Congolese army urgently intervene to protect the civilian population, more innocent lives will be lost.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: helping women reduce their vulnerability

Masisi, 7 March 2012 – Last month, JRS officially launched the latest in a series of workshops, 'Education for Life', aimed at reducing the vulnerability of adolescent women in eastern Congo. The activities undertaken by course participants encourage discussion on sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) and early marriage.
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