Where we work
JRS programmes, found in 50 countries worldwide, provide assistance to nearly 950,000 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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 Afghanistan
Afghanistan has faced decades of armed conflict and political instability, forcing millions to flee to neighbouring countries, mainly Pakistan and Iran. Despite ongoing violence, nearly six million refugees have returned to the country over the past 10 years. Many have moved to the crowded city of Kabul, residing in tents and public buildings, where they live in extreme poverty with little access to governmental aid and education. The Jesuit Refugee Service focuses its work in areas where other NGOs are not present.

The Jesuit Refugee Service began working in the city of Herat in 2005, providing education to returnees near the Iranian border. At the Herat Technical Institute, JRS has been rebuilding the school and training academic staff who provide courses in electronics and architecture. JRS staff also teach English and physics to student studying education.

On the outskirts of Herat, JRS offer displaced women English courses as part of the “Each One, Teach Some” programme. The young women participants who learn English are then expected to teach children in their villages what they learned. JRS also conducts intensive teacher training for education students, so that they can teach the children in their villages during the winter months when schools are closed.

In order to reach out to other remote areas of Afghanistan, JRS established a project to build capacity in learning institutions and promote the provision of quality education. Teams provide financial and other assistance for the construction of schools, food and material supplies, and offer teacher training workshops onsite and courses in higher education institutions.

Despite the lack of infrastructure in Afghanistan, JRS sees an opportunity to provide quality education, vocational training and emergency relief to returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and minority ethnic groups living in Kabul, Herat, Bamiyan and Dai Kundi and other neighbouring villages.

Established in 2009, JRS organises projects providing funding and pedagogic training to 150 academics and teachers at the Bamiyan University and the teacher training college in Bamiyan. In addition, a further 350 children, mostly girls, living in IDP settlements and orphanages on the outskirts of Kabul, receive English language classes.

JRS has been serving in Bamiyan since 2007 and more recently in Dai Kundi. These two remote provinces in the central highlands of Afghanistan have extremely poor infrastructure and their literacy rate is alarmingly low. JRS focuses on language classes and preparing young people for their college entry examination. Nearly 350 women also attend pre-university courses in English and computers, as well as a course basic accounting and office management.


South Asia
Stan Fernandes SJ

southasia.director@jrs.net
+91 11 4310 4661; +91 11 4953 4106
http://jrssa.org

JRS South Asia is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization sponsored by the Society of Jesus. The regional office in South Asia serves Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, Srilankan refugees in the Indian State of Tamilnadu and internally displaced people in Sri Lanka.  Services include: education, skill training, economic programmes, healthcare, psychological support, disability centres, community development and emergency assistance. There more than 8,00,000 refugees presently in these four countries.

Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan country director

(Rome) July 7, 2014 — This past week marked a month's time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar S.J., Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan Director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan.
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Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director

Rome, 7 July 2014 – This past week marked a month's time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan Director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. This past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all of us in JRS. Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope. All the information we have continues to suggest that he is alive and he remains in Afghanistan.
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Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director

Rome, 7 July 2014 – This past week marked a month's time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan Director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. This past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all of us in JRS. Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope. All the information we have continues to suggest that he is alive and he remains in Afghanistan.
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Afghanistan: Seeking peace, focusing on education

(Washington, D.C.) November 7, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service has accompanied and served the people of Afghanistan for eight years by providing education at various levels, teacher training, vocational training and livelihoods programs to build up human and material resources for the sustainable development of vulnerable groups.
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Italy/Afghanistan: painting for peace

Bolzano, 16 April 2012 – Drawings depicting peace by Italian and Afghan children will feature in an exhibition in Bolzano in Italy’s Alto Adige region from 16 to 24 April 2012.
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Italy/Afghanistan: painting for peace

Bolzano, 16 April 2012 – Drawings depicting peace by Italian and Afghan children will feature in an exhibition in Bolzano in Italy’s Alto Adige region from 16 to 24 April 2012.
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Afghanistan: global ban on cluster bombs ratified

Beirut, 13 September 2011 – Afghanistan should be commended for its ratification of the international convention banning cluster bombs in defiance of pressure from the United States, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service, a member of the Cluster Bomb Coalition.
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Afghanistan: global ban on cluster bombs ratified

Beirut, 13 September 2011 – Afghanistan should be commended for its ratification of the international convention banning cluster bombs in defiance of pressure from the United States, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service, a member of the Cluster Bomb Coalition.
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Afghanistan: tired of war, young people just want peace and security

Rome, 30 June 2011 – Although more than half of all Afghans are of school-going age (representing 68 per cent of the population, the highest proportion in the world); few have an opportunity to go to school.
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Afghanistan: tired of war, young people just want peace and security

Rome, 30 June 2011 – Although more than half of all Afghans are of school-going age (representing 68 per cent of the population, the highest proportion in the world); few have an opportunity to go to school.
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