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South Africa: Empowering Women and Men through Education
Johannesburg & Pretoria, 10 July 2018—This month, JRS South Africa celebrated the graduation of 221 refugees and asylum seekers from the Arrupe Women’s Skill Center and Pretoria Skill Center.
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South Africa: JRS and its Partners Celebrate World Refugee Day 2018
Johannesburg, 6 July 2018—Last month, Jesuit Refugee Services and its partner organizations, invited refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, and members of the community to gather and celebrate World Refugee Day.
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South Africa: JRS Hosts Health Awareness Workshop for the Community
Johannesburg, 28 June 2018—
This month, Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) hosted a Health Awareness Workshop focused on epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence. Members of the community, including refugees and asylum seekers, gathered to learn about these health
threats, how to manage them, and how to access available resources.
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South Africa: Refugee and asylum seeking parents concerned about their children's access to education
Johannesburg, 13 February 2018 - During a meeting of parents from the refugee and asylum seeking community convened by JRS South Africa, the parents shared the challenges they face with regard to their children's access to education, and JRS informed them on how it plans to support them with their children's education in 2018.
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Johannesburg: Helping to Heal, Providing Hope
Johannesburg, 23 January 2018 - JRS in South Africa provides health care to infirmed refugees and asylum seekers, and the care they provide goes far beyond the healing of illness.
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Graduation Ceremony at the JRS Arrupe Center, Johannesburg
September 22, 2017 at  Cathedral Hall, Johannesburg, 119 women supported by JRS South Africa received their certificates upon completing skills training courses in sewing, hairdressing, baking, cosmetology and computer literacy.



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Umoja: breaking down barriers and opening doors for people with disabilities in Malawi
Fidel Musiri is a graduate of the Community Service Learning Track (CSLT) in Special Needs. Aiming to fill the gap in disability services at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, he founded the Umoja People with Disabilities Project and the Respite Care Center, two organizations working toward the betterment of lives for people with disabilities in Dzaleka and its surrounding villages.
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Graduation Ceremony at the Arrupe Learning Center, Dzaleka Refugee Camp
Mark and Keros are among the 19 young men and women who graduated with a Diploma in Liberal Studies from Regis University on July 28th at the JRS run Arrupe Learning Center in Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Here they talk of the significance of this momentous occasion in their lives and share their hopes for the future.
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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, JRS joined a group of faith-based organizations in issuing an official statement calling for more protective measures, particularly towards migrants and refugees who are among the most vulnerable to human trafficking.
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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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Recent stories
Angola: Thousands of refugees from DRC in urgent need of assistance
Dundo, 17 May 2017 - “The situation here is desperately urgent. Thousands of Congolese are fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo and seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola,” reports Tim Smith, JRS Regional Director of Southern Africa, from his visit to north east Angola.
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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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Global: bringing light to the child migrants in our midst
Rome, 17 November 2016 – On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis' appeal "to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants." In this time of epic human displacement, "children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless".
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Malawi: teacher training in context
Lilongwe, 16 November 2016 — In late 2015, about 12,000 Mozambicans crossed the border to Malawi to seek refuge from political upheaval and violence in their home province. Though many have now returned home, about 2000 have remained in Malawi due to the ongoing unrest. These refugees have been settled in a small village called Luwani, whose previous population numbered just a few hundred Malawians.
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JRS South Africa host U.S. State Department officials
(Johannesburg) November 8, 2016 — Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, visited Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa's Urban Refugee Program November 1, to listen to and learn about the challenges faced by vulnerable refugees — survivors of SGBV and refugees from the LGBTI community.
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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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Southern Africa: JRS Southern Africa Welcomes a New Regional Director as it bids Farewell to Father David Holdcroft SJ
After six years of selfless service, Father David Holdcroft SJ has moved on as Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Southern Africa Regional Director. His skills and talent will be applied elsewhere within JRS, at the International Office level. Staff, refugees, asylum seekers and many other people he has come into contact with, will most certainly miss him dearly.

However, with the sad news of his departure, there is a silver lining to the dark cloud, his replacement, the newly appointed Regional Director, Tim Smith, is certainly a competent and worthy replacement.
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Zimbabwe: The Grinding Mill, Making a Positive Difference in the Lives of all at Tongogara
Maize meal, cooked into a porridge, is a Southern African staple and forms an essential part of the diet of the people of Tongogara. It is nutritious and cheap and can be turned into large, filling meals. To stretch their dollars, the refugees and asylum seekers in the camp- like many of the locals in the surrounding areas - have opted to buy maize instead of maize meal. Maize on the cob is cheaper than the already processed maize and so the people of Tongogara had to venture into the surrounding communities and pay for the services of grinding mills.
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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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South Africa: Making a Positive Difference in the Lives of Women, This Women’s Month
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), South Africa recognises that what gives meaning to the month of women in South Africa is practical, real opportunities that give women an opportunity to be self-reliant and financially independent. Through the office based in Pretoria, JRS provides livelihood’s skills training for refugee and asylum seeking women at the Arrupe Women’s Centre.
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