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|Press Contact||Regional Office|
|Phone||+27 11 327 0811|
|Description||JRS Southern Africa is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organisation affiliated to the Society of Jesus. The regional office in Southern Africa supports country programmes in Angola, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. With a mandate to serve refugees and forcibly displaced persons, country projects include assisting refugees to access education, healthcare, and offering small business support.
In Angola, in addition to the activities supporting the refugees, the project provides training on refugee law to government authorities, including police, immigration officers and local leaders. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, JRS is constructing and renovating schools, upgrading teachers’ skills, and fostering reintegration by developing sporting activities for children.
In Malawi, JRS is providing primary and secondary education, as well as vocational training, to refugees living in the Dzaleka refugee camp. In Zimbabwe, JRS provides material assistance to vulnerable populations, as well as providing a range of services and vocational training opportunities to refugees living in the Tongogara refugee camp.
In South Africa, JRS offers services primarily to urban refugees and asylum seekers: this consists of small business development and assistance to access public services (including education and healthcare). Close to the Zimbabwe border, the JRS South Africa office offers World Health Organisation-standard food and hygiene packages to undocumented migrants and other displaced persons arriving in the country.