Where we work

JRS Southern Africa accompanies, serves and advocates for forcibly displaced persons living in Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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.

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Press Contact Cedric Prakash SJ
Phone +961-1-332-601
Email middleeast.communications@jrs.net
Website http://www.jrsmena.org
Description In the Middle East, JRS began its work in 2008 in response to the huge number of Iraqi refugees fleeing the conflict in their country. Encouraged by the Jesuit Superior General, Adolfo Nicolás SJ, JRS went to Syria and Jordan in 2008. The following year saw expansion to Turkey, both a destination and major crossroads for refugees hoping to reach Europe or awaiting resettlement. Following the violent events in Syria from 2011 onwards, JRS has provided emergency relief to Syrians inside Syria.

Currently, JRS in the Middle East is serving refugees and internally displaced persons in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria; offering a range of services, from child and adult education to accompaniment and psycho-social support, from emergency assistance to advocacy for refugee rights. JRS serves people in need without distinction; Iraqis, Somalis, Sudanese, Syrians and others from different cultures and religions throughout the region have grown to trust JRS. The organisation in the Middle East region has gained the reputation of offering quality services and spreading a family spirit amongst the people served. The people attending the activities feel protected and welcomed.

Countries Iraq