Number of people served in 2020: 13,853

JRS Ethiopia hosted a total of 883,546 refugees in September 2017, 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, more specifically in Addis Ababa; Mai-Aini and Adi-Harush camps in Tigray; and Melkadida and Kobe camps in Somali.

JRS Ethiopia’s services include education, recreational and youth empowerment, child protection, livelihood support, emergency assistance, and psychosocial support. One of JRS’s projects in Ethiopia is the Refugee Community Centres (RCC) – unique facilities that serve as havens for refugees and asylum seekers in Addis Ababa and refugee camps. At the RCCs, refugees receive educational and psychosocial support, library and recreational services, socialize and build relationships with members of the refugee and host communities.

Being Ethiopia one of the largest refugee-hosting countries in Africa due to its location (bordering country with Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eriteria), our duty in the country is required and essential. Despite the recent instability in the country making our work more complex than it already is, the duty and commitment of our staff at JRS Ethiopia have resulted in efficient and continuous accompaniment and support for thousands of beneficiaries over the last few years.

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)
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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)


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