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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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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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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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Recent stories
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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