Number of people served: 39,004

At the end of September 2017, Ethiopia hosted a total of 883,546 refugees mainly from neighboring countries, making it the second largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. More than 99 percent of refugees in Ethiopia originate from four countries: South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, and Sudan.

JRS Programs in Ethiopia

JRS Ethiopia has well-established projects welcoming refugees in both urban and camp settings. JRS Ethiopia’s services include education, including language classes and recreational initiatives, income-generating activities, emergency aid, and psychosocial services.

One of JRS projects in Ethiopia is our Refugee Community Centers (RCC) – unique facilities across Ethiopia that serve as havens for refugees and asylum seekers. At the RCCs, refugees receive educational and psychosocial support, gain new vocational skills, socialize, and build relationships with members of the refugee and host communities.

See Our Work

Students work on computers in the JRS computer lab in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia allows refugees to browse the internet, study and work on homework. The lab is a joint project with Norwegian Refugee Council. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Children from the Adi-Harush Camp presenting to the community what they have learned for the week. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Somali refugees learn plumbing skills as part of the JRS livelihoods project in Melkadida refugee camp. Some graduates have gone on to work for NGOs or businesses in the community. (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)
(Jesuit Refugee Service)
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Somali refugees learn tailoring skills as part of the JRS livelihoods project in Melkadida refugee camp. Some graduates have gone on to start their own businesses in the community (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)
Music classes at the JRS centre in Mai Aini refugee camp (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)
A group of refugee women stand together in front of a building. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Female students in the adult learning class. (Jesuit Refugee Service)



JRS Ethiopia Country Director:

Mulugeta Haybano

Project locations:

Addis Ababa, Tigray Region: (Mai-Aini and Adi Harush), Somali Region: (Melkadida and Kobe)

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