Uganda hosts more than 1.4 million refugees, making it the largest refugee host country in Africa. More than 1 million of those refugees have entered within the last two years, the majority fleeing from conflicts in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Uganda welcomes and hosts forcibly displaced people with an open door policy – allowing refugees to have freedom of movement and the right to work. Some refugees still live in camps while others in urban areas.
Our work in Uganda
JRS Uganda is currently present in the capital city Kampala and in Adjumani, Moyo, and Obongi Districts in Northern Uganda at the border to South Sudan. We work both with urban and settlement-based refugees coming from neighboring countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, or Burundi among others.
We have a well-established project welcoming urban refugees in Kampala and a long-standing history of working with South Sudanese refugees in the North.
In Kampala, JRS offers English language classes, child care and scholarship programs, income-generating activities, basic needs, and psychosocial services. The main component is the holistic livelihoods program including soft skills, business skills training, internship placement, business grants, and mentorship program.
In Adjumani, JRS begins its sixth year of return in 2016. JRS is focusing on filling the huge gap in secondary education through implementing scholarship programs, school construction, teacher training, provision of textbooks, scholastic and hygiene material. JRS is also implementing livelihoods, peacebuilding, and pastoral activities and is piloting mental health and psychosocial support interventions in primary and secondary schools.
JRS Uganda is composed of a diverse team with broad experience serving more than 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers every year.
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