The Jesuit Refugee Service provides education and vocational training to around 300 urban refugees (mostly girls and women) living in Bujumbura, the capital city, through a partnership with the UNHCR.
Having access to public education and livelihood trainings are essential to promote improvements in their socioeconomic situation and future opportunities. In the case of education, JRS facilitates access to basic learning activities to children from the most vulnerable urban refugee families,through the payment of the 50 per cent of the schooling fees as well as distributing school materials kits, and offering special attention and priority to handicapped children. Also, major efforts are being prioritized to promote girls schooling, thanks to Fund For Women’s support.
In direct collaboration with the nine schools these students are attending, sport and leisure activities,such as football championships, films, or use of the school libraries at Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (BSF), are also developed to promote psychosocial welfare and social integration between local and refugee children.
In addition, Income-Generating Activities (IGA), management guidance, and cash grants are offered in collaboration with the Fédération Nationale des COOPEC du Burundi (FENACOBU) after the training . In At the final stage, being the main objective of the initiative, Income-Generating Activities or small business are launched by beneficiaries, assisted by JRS, aiming to enhance both refugees’ livelihoods and their integration in the local communities.
Great Lakes Africa
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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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