Number of people served in 2020: 4,395

Over 7,500 refugees and 8,000 asylum seekers currently live in Zimbabwe, many of whom come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi, and more recently, Mozambique. The majority of these displaced people live in the Tongogara refugee camp, 600 km southeast of the city of Harare.

JRS Programs in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, JRS provides skills training to refugees in the Tongogara refugee camp, and services to both refugees and local Zimbabweans through a pastoral program. The trainings cover topics like motor mechanics, carpentry, agriculture, computing, hairdressing, cosmetology, and sewing. JRS also supports the secondary school in Tongogara with infrastructure, uniforms, and books.

JRS in Zimbabwe

Student wait in line to receive their new school uniforms. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Rose Kabela-Thumba, JRS cosmetology teacher and refugee, teaches her cosmetology class. (Gushwell F. Brooks/Jesuit Refugee Service)
JRS hairdressing training in Tongogara refugee camp. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Refugees near tents in the Tongogara camp. (Jesuit Refugee Service)



JRS Zimbabwe Country Director:

Joel Dzveta

Project locations:

Tongogara refugee camp, Sabi district, Manicaland

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