07 March 2016
|Tatenda Chicomba, Livelihood Co-coordinator at JRS South Africa, joined us live in studio and spoke to us about what the programme entails and how far-reaching it is. (Allan Phadi/Radio Veritas)|
|Refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, have similar protections and Constitutional rights as South African citizens. However, they also have similar responsibilities...|
Johannesburg, 7 March 2016 – Refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, have similar protections and Constitutional rights as South African citizens. However, they also have similar responsibilities and receive very little aid by way of education, accommodation and a means to earn a living.
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in South Africa recognises this fact, and as part of accompanying, serving and advocating on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers, we recognised that we need to empower displaced people to provide for themselves and their families. This requires two important criteria to be met; education and the provision of resources that will enable these refugees and asylum seekers to start their own small businesses and provide for themselves and their families.
Whether it be Loyola in Pretoria or Arrupe Women’s Centre in Johannesburg or the Small Business programme, JRS ensures that displaced people who do not have access to livelihoods are assisted and can thereby take pride in dignity of labour. Last week, on the 29th February 2016, Tatenda Chicomba, Livelihood Co-coordinator at JRS South Africa, joined us live in studio and spoke to us about what the programme entails and how far-reaching it is in providing training and how displaced people are given a helping hand by JRS in starting their small businesses or obtaining employment.
Harmone Makadju, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a beneficiary of the Livelihood Programme and briefly joined us telephonically to express her gratitude.
The radio programme is aired weekly, at 16:30 PM every Monday, and is hosted by the JRS Southern Africa Regional Communications Officer, Gushwell Brooks. The programme can be streamed here.
The podcast of the interview relating to JRS’s Livelihood Programme follows below:
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