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South Africa: Hairdressing Success
In 2008, Yvonne fled from Burundi with her five-year-old daughter. When she arrived, she didn’t know anyone and was given one week to stay in the country by Home Affairs. After many repeated visits, she gained status as an asylum-seeker. While in Burundi, Yvonne made money by selling food, but she did not have money to buy inventory to start selling again. She could not find work in South Africa for over one year. She completed the JRS Skill Centre training in hairdressing and now runs a salon in Pretoria.
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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.
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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.
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South Africa: Fulfilling JRS’ Mission through Communication
Johannesburg, 2 August 2018--JRS South Africa held an informative communications workshop for all of its staff. The goal of the workshop was to equip all staff with the necessary skills to share their clients stories, making the world more aware of the challenges and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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South Africa: The Elderly Practice Yoga!
Johannesburg, 1 August 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.
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Refugee Voices: Finding Relief in Community
Aamina*, a Somalian refugee living in South Africa, has experienced extensive trauma, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). She shares her story and her experience as a member of the JRS FGM Support Group.
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South Africa: JRS Hosts Health Workshop on Cancer and HIV
Johannesburg, 3 August 2018-- This month, JRS and its partners hosted a health workshop at  Kingsmead Christian Fellowship (KCF) Church, attended by over 275 people in the community. There were presentations on HIV self-screening, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. The workshop also included opportunities for vital screenings, pap smears, prostate cancer screenings, and HIV testing.
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Recent stories
South Africa: JRS Healthcare Workers Provide Vital Care
JRS provides a number of healthcare services to aid refugees. Our team of advocates and healthcare professionals advocates on behalf of our clients to ensure that clinics fulfill their responsibility to treat all peoples equally.
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Women of Power Support Group: Finding Strength in Community
After surviving extreme violence and trauma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rosine* found herself in South Africa. She still faces heavy challenges, but finds strength in community through JRS' Women in Power group, a support group for women who have experienced Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
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Refugee Voices: Rising Above Trauma Into a Life of Hope
After her home was burned down and her husband was killed, Gloria* escaped the Democratic Republic of Congo with her three children, fleeing to South Africa.
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South Africa: JRS Staff Reflect on Mission and Values
Johannesburg, 25 July 2018--Fr. Rampe Hlobo, SJ joined the Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa staff to guide us in a workshop on JRS’ mission and values. Together we reflected on the three core values of JRS’ work in over 50 countries: Accompany, Serve, and Advocate.
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South Africa: JRS Hosts an Education Workshop

Johannesburg,17 July 2018-- JRS South Africa coordinated an
education workshop for  refugees to learn about a unique UNHCR scholarship
opportunity, called DAFI.



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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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