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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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Southern Africa
Regional Office
+27 11 618 3404

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.

In Angola, 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.

In Malawi, 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.

In 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 the camp.

In South 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 businesses.

Malawi: Salama Africa empowers refugee youth

Dzaleka, 5 May 2017 - Alain and Toussaint excitedly exchanged stories and laughs as they talked about Salama Africa, an organization they helped start that empowers youth in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. The group has started a nationally ranked dance group, football teams, and various art classes to help refugee children keep their minds and bodies active. 
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Malawi: Dzaleka secondary students compete in national Math Olympiad, look to the future

Dzaleka, 15 February 2017 - Three students from the JRS-run Dzaleka Community Secondary School made school history by being the school's first-ever participants in Malawi's nationwide Math Olympiad, a week-long math competition held at Mzuzu University in January.
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Malawi: It all started at Kapise

As of December 2015, a number of asylum seekers from Mozambique crossed into neighbouring Malawi. Kapise, in the Mwanza District of Malawi, lies adjacent to Mozambique and is a community of small villages scattered throughout the hills. No fence, river or any such impediment divides the two countries and so by January 2016, approximately 11 000 refugees had made their way into Malawi, along a dirt road that disappears over the horizon. These asylum seekers sought safety, on the hills of Kapise as a result of renewed fighting in the rural villages of Mozambique.
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Malawi: A Refugee Dance Group Place Second in the National Kajive Dance Competition in Blantyre

The dance group placed second in the national competition’s final round, but their performance was not solely for the purpose of competing and entertaining the audience, but to convey a powerful message, their performance told the story of the people of Dzaleka, talking about the shortage of hospitals, the violence that brought some to Dzaleka, freedom, education and many other socially relevant themes. This was all achieved as a result of what Farini had learnt and applied through his understanding of how to express oneself through Interdisciplinary Art. This is the value Farini gained in being a young community leader through his course with the JRS-JC:HEM programme.
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When the Cabinet Minister visited Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Malawi’s Minister of the Home Affairs and Internal Security, Ernest Malenga, visited the Dzaleka Refugee camp, located in the Dowa District, Malawi, on 17 August 2015. The visit was meant for the Minister to familiarise himself of the situation refugees face on a daily basis in the camp.
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Malawi: Adult Vocational Training – Giving Refugees Greater Entrepreneurial Horizons

Dzaleka, Dowa district, 16 June 2015 - Being a displaced person, forced to flee the country of your origins does not have to automatically equate to a life of poverty, desperation and dependency. JRS through its empowerment programmes is proving this to be true once more with their efforts in Dzaleka Camp, Malawi.
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Malawi: growing hope, tree planting in Dzaleka refugee camp

Dzaleka, 6 May 2014 – In a refugee camp where people feel they can't stay permanently, can't go back where they came from and don't see the future, it is easy to give up and lose hope.
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Hearing it on the community radio

Dzaleka, Malawi, 21 April 2014 – How do you give reliable news and information to people in a camp of 17 000 refugees from different African countries where word of mouth communication often result in rumours and confusion? This is the story of how a small community radio station was started in the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.
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Malawi: expected tensions have yet to materialise

Conditions in Dzaleka near the capital, Lilongwe, remained unchanged this week as the deadline passed for all refugees in Malawi to report to the refugee camp. The expected tensions caused by extra people moving into the camp have yet to materialise, JRS Malawi project worker, David Holdcroft SJ, told Dispatches on 7 December.
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