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Afghanistan: Continuing education through radio programs.
Halima, from Bamiyan university, shares the challenging predicament of students in Afghanistan: With the spread of the Coronavirus, we cannot study with our teachers and classmates - only from books, which is difficult. I am happy that JRS plans to start English language lessons on the radio. It will be a great opportunity and will help us to continue learning even during the lockdown.
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Give As You Take, This Time
Jesuit Refugee Service has joined the ‘Give As You Take, This Time’ UNHCR campaign against COVID-19 to express the solidarity of the refugee community with the host community, by providing masks to protect the host community, and reach out to the vulnerable refugee community.
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Accompanying refugees and internally displaced during COVID-19
Herat, April 16, 2020: The first confirmed case of COVID-19 pandemic in Herat was reported on Feb 24, 2020. The Department of Public Health has announced only 317 confirmed cases in Herat as on April 16. Compared to the number of returnees from Iran (2,000 to 15,000 daily) the number of cases is disproportionate, indicating the lack of test-kits and of crisis management measures by the government to contain the spread of the virus within Herat and other provinces.
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A tiny spark of inspiration during the times of COVID 19.
Tamil Nadu, April 10, 2020: Indumathi, a JRS Tamil Nadu staff, is an inspirational figure for the youth club members in the Sri Lankan Tamil refugee camps. In the wake of the pandemic COVID 19, she mobilized and trained the Perumalpuram Camp youth club members to raise awareness, foster protection, and mitigate risks related to COVID-19 through informative videos.
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Youth Taking Lead in Addressing Psycho-social Needs
Considering the psychosomatic needs of violence affected Afghan and Sri Lankan refugee youths, JRS South Asia organized a five-day workshop on ‘Counselling & Art for Peace & Reconciliation’ from 27th to 31st December 2019 in Bangalore, India.
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Sohadat School– Blooming in the Desert
Afghanistan, 16 Dec 2018: On December 16th, the staff, students, the Education Department official, parents, and community came together to thank JRS for starting and building up Sohadat School over the past 10 years.
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Accompanying Afghan refugees towards self-reliance
New Delhi, 10 Nov 2019: As per the UNHCR, twenty-five hundred persons on an average every year seek refuge in Delhi metropolitan, India because of the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. Many Afghans land in India with limited life-sustaining resources that get exhausted shortly given the high living cost of Delhi city.
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Capacity Building for Psycho-social support in Herat
Herat, 24 Oct 2019: The prolonged violence, poverty, lack of opportunities in Afghanistan has resulted in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among the majority of the population especially children
and adolescents. This is a great challenge for an under-resourced welfare system of Afghanistan. JRS Afghanistan’s key focus is the integral development of children/youth through its education programs.
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Shaikhmeran Celebration of Peace Day
In a far-flung remote area Shaikhmeran, located to the South East of the Daikundi province in Afghanistan, JRS celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2019. Children from the Shaikhmeran’s Boys and Girls High school actively participated in this program with much enthusiasm. On this occasion, the Afghan Development Association, an organization working with the children sent gifts for the participating students.
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Fostering Peace through Child Rights
Various representatives of CSOs, elders of the community, school and university students, Shura members, and JRS students at Shokofan, Rawashan and Andisha villages of the Herat province, witnessed the celebration of the International Peace Day. More than 250 people at each location participated in the celebration and resonated at a similar wavelength for peacebuilding in their communities. The Peace Day celebration for 2019 was themed on the Child Rights to address and advocate for the right to equality, adequate nutrition, special protection and free education for children. The role plays, articles, paintings, anthems, and speeches by the children at the celebrations brought out importance of reconciliation, compatibility, friendship, peacebuilding and compromise as a necessity for the community.
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Feast for Peace
On September 13, 2019, JRS celebrated the International Day of Peace with the Afghan and Chin Refugee community living in Delhi. In a world that is increasingly tilting towards violence and hate, sharing food can break cultural and religious barriers; that it has a role to play in conflict resolution, was the rationale behind this event which was served on its implementation. A feast for Peace was conducted to facilitate the interaction between the Chin and Afghan communities. Children welcomed the elders and their friends with a peace ribbon and also decorated the place to ensure a more peaceful and the friendlier environment at the centre.
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Youth, Sports and Peace: Building bridges in conflicts through Sport
September 21-22 marked the celebration of the International Day of Peace by JRS in Bamiyan. As a strategy, sports was chosen as a medium to communicate the message of Peace on day one of the events, at Shahid Mazari Stadium. Elocution and Peace show were used to express the message of Peace at Human Rights Commission Hall, Mullaghulam. The day of the International Day of Peace saw the football and volleyball teams uniting together to communicate the message of peace. Eight football teams of boys and ten volleyball teams of girls, well-coordinated their efforts to promote values of peace and harmony through their game.
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Clown Science Dreams PSS tranining
JRS organized a 10 days’ workshop for Child-Friendly Space (CFS), Psychosocial Support Service (PSS) and Women Friendly Space (WFS) facilitators, conducted by Clown Science Dream from September 9-18, 2019. The training focused on enabling the facilitators of CFS-PSS-WFS to improve the quality of their work with children, women, and youth at the CFS-PSS-WFS. The training was to capacitate the CFS-PSS-WFS team members to make their daily sessions interesting, joyous and promote a positive learning experience.
The sessions on Scientific Learning Methods and Art of Clown Science Dreams/Skills, Piaget’s theory of the stages of child cognitive development and Educational methodology of Montessori helped the participants to gain greater learning experience to understand the children/youth/women and meaningfully engage them in various learning activities.
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Konkur achievers from Afghanistan – an Impressive and Incredible strides
“Our distance from success depends upon how the firm is we to achieve our set goals and plan. A goal must not be only for self, it has to be for the good of the whole nation”,
said Abdul Bashir who has scored 328.64 out of 360 in the Konkur Exam, possibly securing the second position in the Bamiyan Province. Abdul is set to live his dream to become a Civil Engineer and serve his war-torn country. Due to the lack of basic educational facilities and qualified teachers, each year a large number of school-going children are forced to drop out after failing to qualify the Konkur examination (national university eligibility test).
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The Photo Journey & Way Forward Book Release
On July 17, JRS South Asia released “ The Journey Along Road Less Traveled” a photo journey book of JRS – Jesuit Mission outreach in Afghanistan and “Envisioning The Journey Ahead: Key Finding & The Way Forward” a booklet on the prospective way forward that could be adopted by JRS Afghanistan on its journey ahead.
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Beyond the Identity of a Refugee - JRS-UNHCR team
It gives us pleasure to share about the energetic and spirited participation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugee youth in the third OSCAT premier football league, held in Chennai on Sunday 11th August 2019.
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Proud to be a girl
Kabul, 8 March 2019 – International Women’s Day is a great step towards giving space to women to be happy for who they are and to claim their rights. Bashria Jan Sarwari, former student and teacher from Afghanistan tells her powerful story. "I would like to introduce a girl who has experienced a life that is common for most women of her country: it is my story."
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Sohadat School– Blooming in the Desert
Afghanistan, 16 Dec 2018: On December 16th, the staff, students, the Education Department official, parents, and community came together to thank JRS for starting and building up Sohadat School over the past 10 years.
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JRS International Director’s Statement Urging Support for the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration
Rome, 7 December 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) calls on the member states of the United Nations to respond to this historic moment for refugees and migrants, and support the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants that are both entering their final stages of adoption.
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Global: Prayer for the Global Compact on Refugees
Rome, 24 September 2018 - The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote on the Global Compact on Refugees this week. This will be the culmination of a two-year process that saw the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, engaging with states and consulting with all relevant stakeholders.
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