Number of people served: 24,758 in 2020.

In 2020, Cameroon hosted approximately 443,200 refugees and asylum seekers. A majority of these refugees are from Central African Republic and Nigeria, displaced by political instability, war, and the insurgence of armed groups such as Boko Haram. These are also the causes of the internal displacement of more than 1 million Cameroonians within the country, mostly from Northern Cameroon.

Our Work in Cameroon

JRS works in the areas of Batouri, Bertoua, and Garoua-Boulai, Eastern Cameroon, to support both refugees and local communities by providing access to vocational training, psychosocial support, community-based preschool centers, and women’s empowerment programs. Our programs focus on women and youth empowerment, as well as peace, reconciliation, and social cohesion by encouraging refugee and host communities to learn and work together. JRS’s work in Eastern Cameroon is supported by organizations such as the United States Department of State Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, Misio Aachen, and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

In 2021, JRS started assisting forcibly Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bertoua and Yaounde (coming from the north and southwestern regions due to the anglophone crisis) through primary and secondary education, psychosocial support, and livelihoods activities.

See our work

A student of the JRS Adult Literacy programme in eastern Cameroon aimed at helping refugees and local adults learn basic French, counting skills and money management.
The Jesuit Refugee Service runs an Adult Literacy programme in eastern Cameroon to help refugee and local adults learn basic French, counting skills and money management. Many women participate in the programme. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Primary students supported in Bertoua.
Learning the mechanisms of computers as part of JRS IT training in Bertoua.
Young local and displaced youth receive training on farming techniques to improve social cohesion and boost food security in Eastern Cameroon.


JRS Country Director

Alain Rusuku 



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