Tanzania

JRS active since: 2006

In 2015, a violent post-electoral climate forced more than 428,000 people to enter Tanzania from the neighbouring country of Burundi. The border region of Kigoma, specifically, welcomed more than 251,000 refugees, who are now hosted in three main camps: Nyarugusu, Nduta, and Mtendeli. While the vast majority of these refugees are Burundian, a significant population of each camp comes from the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Our work in Tanzania

To respond to the multiple needs of refugees and their host communities, JRS started implementing activities in 2016 in Mtendeli refugee camp, which currently hosts around 50,000 people, half of whom are children.

JRS directly serves more than 7000 refugees with educational programmes and offers psychosocial support to over 3000 people.

Students showing off their newly received school materials in Kigoma, Tanzania. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Students showing off their newly received school materials in Kigoma, Tanzania. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
The domestic violence listening group attends a meeting with Sr. Regina, member of the JRS Psychosocial team in Kigoma, Tanzania. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
The domestic violence listening group attends a meeting with Sr. Regina, member of the JRS Psychosocial team in Kigoma, Tanzania. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
JRS and Plan International staff greeting the girl football teams during World Youth Day. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
JRS and Plan International staff greeting the girl football teams during World Youth Day. (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Contact

JRS Tanzania Country Director

Andre Atsu

andre.atsu@jrs.net