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.
JRS Tanzania Country Director