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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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 Dzaleka camp: Dowa district

Dzaleka camp: info from Charlie and Pauline

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.

Simple Innovation to Save Lives from Drowning

An all girls team of students from the JRS run Dzaleka Secondary School, Malawi, won the prestigious Scientific and Technological Innovation Award at the National Schools Science Fair (NSSF). The team took home the award for their invention of a lifejacket made of polythene sheets and plastic bottles!
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Malawi: From Almost Dying in the Forest to Being a Medical Doctor; A Refugee’s Inspirational Story

Her diminutive size and stature belies her maturity and immense achievements she has accomplished. Listening to Mirreille Twayigira’s story now, it is difficult to believe that she almost lost her life as a child as a result of malnutrition and exhaustion, in the forests of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Angola.
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Malawi: A Day of Celebration, Secondary School Celebrations

June 2016 was not only the month of World Refugee Day commemorations, but also a memorable month in the life of the Dzaleka Community Day Secondary School Form 4 students. On Friday 17th June 2016, 160 students, 100 boys and 60 girls, graduated from the Secondary School.
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Malawi: Sustainable Farming, A JRS-JC:HEM Student Tells His Success Story

In November 2015, Anderson applied to study the Sustainable Agriculture and Community Nutrition course, through the JRS-JC:HEM Community Service Learning Tracks (CSLTs). Today he is applying these very same skills he learnt through the CSLT. Now he is applying intercropping – the mixing of crops -, irrigation, steps for soil improvement such as organic manure to improve soil fertility, preparing land and soil for planting by making beds in the garden, pit beds, ridging the soil, mulch to cover the soil with grass for water retention, composting and the use of pest repelling herbs and plants.
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World Refugee Day: Celebrations in Dzaleka Refugee Camp - Malawi

On the 20th June 2016, guests from various organisations arrived early in the morning at Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Among the high profile guests was the Minister of Information, Communication, Technology and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati.
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Malawi: JRS, Working with the Community Toward a Green Environment

As you enter Dzaleka Refugee Camp from the road leading to Dowa District, the most notable aspect of the landscape is the lack of foliage. Apart from the young trees near the compound that houses the various Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) offices, Dzaleka is covered in red soil that is renowned for blanketing everything in a bothersome layer of dust at the slightest hint of a breeze. In an effort to reverse this, for the first time since its presence at the Camp, JRS has been tasked with the responsibility of planting approximately 23000 trees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
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Malawi: Mercy in Motion, Bridging Understanding Between Refugee Communities and the Rest of the World

As part of collecting material showcasing the work Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) does in providing education to refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people, JRS Southern Africa received two visitors from the JRS International Office in Rome. This article, compiled by three community journalist volunteers in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi, gives us a brief glimpse into how we, at JRS, work with refugees and how, in all our efforts, we wish to include refugees in recognising their innate human dignity, whilst recognising and fostering their skills and talents.
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Malawi: The World Famous Guitar Maker of Dzaleka

Patron Palushang Bin Kilangana, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC), is talented as a carpenter and craftsman, as well as a musician. However, his true success emanates from the fact that despite the fact that he is limited to the confines of a refugee camp and has access to limited resources, he has managed to set up a global guitar making and selling business.
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Malawi: JRS-JC:HEM Community Health CSLT Makes a Positive Difference!

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) along with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), has since 2010, been offering tertiary education in the form of - amongst others - a Diploma in Liberal Studies as well as Community Service Learning Tracks (CSLTs) for refugees in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, in Malawi. Tthe JRS-JC:HEM CSLTs aim to foster community leaders that are truly empowered through education. Young women in particular benefit from this opportunity as they receive both an education as well as a sense of empowerment as they form part of a broader community leadership.
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Malawi: Arts and Culture in Dzaleka

The talent amongst the refugee community is immense at Dzaleka Refugee Camp and thus it is the perfect setting for a musical festival of the scale of the Tumaini Arts Festival. Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), in accompanying the nearly 25 000 people resident at the Camp, are fortunate enough to be able to see talented young people showcase their artistic, musical and dramatic prowess on a regular basis.
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Malawi: The Talented Amahoro Drummers

The Guardian published a story on the 17th November, about the inspirational and wonderfully put together The Tumaini Arts Festival, held at Dzaleka Refugee camp in Malawi. As a sister event to the famous Lake of Stars event, The Tumaini Arts Festival is reported to have attracted 3000 attendees this year! Amongst the fabulous acts that entertained crowds was the Amahoro Drummers, and this video features their talented and riveting performance.
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Malawi: Pastoral Care, Furthering JRS’s Mission of Accompanying Refugees

As a Faith-Based Organisation (FBO), JRS’s ethos is based on a faith-based system of beliefs. It is faith that moves us in fulfilling our mission. However, JRS deeply respects the fact that different people, from different cultures, nationalities, traditions and faiths – or lack of belief in faith – equally require our assistance without favour or prejudice. For those that through their own volition approach JRS to provide them with spiritual sustenance we have setup a programme through Pastoral Care.
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Malawi: The Mechanic of Dzaleka

In recognising his hard work, talent and commitment to passing his skills on to others, JRS has joined forces with John to formalise the programme he runs in educating others to become mechanics. JRS has equipped his classroom with spare parts, tools, a blackboard and a range of other essential equipment so that he can teach all that there is to know about automotive repair. The practical and theoretic components of the automotive course he runs at Dzaleka Refugee Camp is a three year course where he teaches his students mechanical repairs, auto-electric repairs and panel beating.
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Malawi: Respite Care at Dzaleka, Giving Children Living with Disabilities a Meaningful Quality of Life

JRS partnered with Fidel in 2009 and helped to build and establish the Respite Care Centre at Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Fidel still runs the centre to this day. “I want to thank JRS for having partnered with us, in establishing and continuing to support the Respite Care Centre. All my life I saw the discrimination people with disabilities face. So I approached JRS to establish the centre because nobody was advocating for the disabled and we started this centre to show the community that these children are not forgotten. Some of these children were being hidden by their parents, locked in the house all day, hidden from neighbours and the community out of shame.” says Fidel as to why the centre needed to be founded.
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Malawi: JRS-JC:HEM Community Service Learning Tracks, Making a Positive, Real, Substantial Difference in Dzaleka

The JRS-JC:HEM programme, whether through the Diploma programme or the Community Service Learning Tracks, is aimed at making a positive difference in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, it is aimed at growing the economy and uplifting the community. Joe Slaven, Project Director for JRS - JC:HEM, Dzaleka, explains what the Community Service Learning Tracks consist of: “We develop courses that can be taught by local experts relating to disciplines of interest to the community such as Community Health, Child Protection, IT Programming, and Youth Work.”
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