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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
JRS Elderly Program: Sharing Talents, Inspiring Confidence and Joy
Johannesburg, 16 September 2018—Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Africa offers a program for the elderly called “Old Age is a Time of Grace” through the Pastoral Care Department, under the supervision of Fr. Vaidas Lukosevicius, SJ and Marie-Christine Boudier. Through this weekly program, participants engage in activities to stimulate mind, body, and spirit together as a community.
Refugee Voices: Facing Xenophobia in the Health System
After facing gang rape and the killing of her husband in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Victoria* fled to South Africa where she has faced particular challenges in the health care system. JRS provides Victoria support and hope through the Women of Power support group.
Malawi: Naweza Conference to Empower Refugee Girls
Dzaleka Camp, 11 August 2018-- On Saturday, August 11th, the first ever Naweza Girls Conference was held at Dzaleka Refugee camp in the Red Cross Hall. The conference was as part of the Naweza project, a partnership between the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Fidel Götz Foundation that aims to empower refugee girls, increase their access and improve the quality of their education, security and overall well-being. The event marked the official launch the Naweza project in Dzaleka camp, Malawi.
Refugee Voices: Triple the Blessings
After experiencing tragedy during the Rwandan Genocide, Aisha fled to the Congo and eventually found safety in South Africa. Aisha has had a complex battle with HIV and other health complications. She now lives in a one room apartment with her three two-year old children, with the help of Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa.
Angola: JRS Holds Debate on Refugee Situation
Luanda, 10 August 2018—Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) held a debate on "The situation of refugees in Angola" with the aim of promoting dialogue amongst partners and human rights defenders in civil society. Bringing together actors in this space can build stronger solutions to the barriers refugees and asylum seekers face in Angola.
Democratic Republic of Congo
United States of America
Central African Republic