South Sudan

Number of people served: 20,395

More than two million displaced people live in South Sudan due to conflicts and violence within the country itself and its neighbor, Sudan. 1.82 million of those people are internally displaced and 287,400 are refugees from Sudan. As instability and violence continue today, more are in need of protection and safety.

Our Work in South Sudan

JRS services in South Sudan encompass a variety of things. In Maban, JRS provides training for teachers, school materials, a daycare for disabled children, home visits, counseling, and emergency assistance. JRS Maban also coordinates social centers for refugee women, while providing them opportunities to learn tailoring, life skills, and gain psychosocial support. In Yambio, JRS provides education scholarships to girls attending secondary school, sanitary kits to young women attending school, and teacher training scholarships to receive diplomas and education degrees. JRS also provides a community and school-based peace building initiative that uses mediation and workshops for encouraging peace rather than violence.

JRS’s work in South Sudan is supported by the United States Department of State Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration.


See Our Work

A group of adults dance, sing, and stomp their feet in a circle as they prepare for an International Women's Day celebration in Maban, South Sudan. (Rashidah McCoy/Jesuit Refugee Service)
A mother massages the arms of her child who attends the JRS Daycare in Maban, where mothers of disabled children come to learn about how to care for their children and interact with other mothers of disabled children. (Rashidah McCoy/Jesuit Refugee Service)
Maban: A girl has her lunch at the Gulawein school, in Maban, South Sudan. Around 200 children attend this school supported by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), which is building new classrooms, providing daily food and paying teachers. (Albert Gonzalez Farran)
Students in an English class in the Arrupe Learning Center, run by Jesuit Refugee Service in Bunj, South Sudan. Participants come from four refugee camps in Maban County that together shelter more than 130,000 refugees from the Blue Nile region of Sudan, along with local residents from the host community. Misean Cara provides support for the work of Jesuit Refugee Service in Maban. (Paul Jeffrey Paul Jeffrey / Misean Cara)
Children form a pyramid as they participate in recreational activities sponsored by Jesuit Refugee Service in the Doro Refugee Camp in Maban, South Sudan. The camp is one of four in Maban that together shelter more than 130,000 refugees from the Blue Nile region of Sudan. The recreational program is one of several psycho-social activities that JRS carries out in the camp. (Paul Jeffrey Paul Jeffrey / Misean Cara)
Basamat Alnoor Jakolo Aldabi teaches school in the Kaya Refugee Camp in Maban County, South Sudan. The camp shelters thousands of refugees, including this teacher, from the Blue Nile region of Sudan, and Jesuit Refugee Service, with support from Misean Cara, provides educational and psycho-social services to both refugees and the host community. (Paul Jeffrey Paul Jeffrey / Misean Cara)


JRS South Sudan Country Director

Juba, South Sudan

Project locations:

Maban, Yambio

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