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In South Sudan, less than half of children are in school and illiteracy rates are among the highest in the world. The same is true for the 130,000 Sudanese refugees who are seeking asylum in Maban, South Sudan, the overwhelming majority are women and children. JRS believes education ensures knowledge is passed on to younger generations and promotes a more peaceful tomorrow. 

“When I teach I feel happy because I know my students are going to know their rights,” said Leila, one refugee teacher who, at 27-years of age, has dedicated her life to fostering a new generation of peace builders.

This video was produced by Andrew Ash.

Beirut, 20 June 2014 -- How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? To address the needs of Syrian refugee students, some Lebanese schools have two shifts to double their capacity. Others have to turn people away. In communities around the country, from the Bekaa Valley to the Mediterranean coast, the Jesuit Refugee Service is creating schools for Syrian children in areas where educational opportunities weren't previously available.

This video was produced by Andrew Ash.

Each night, thousands of people sleep on the streets of Paris. Some are asylum seekers and refugees. Jesuit Refugee Service France has set up a network of families and religious communities to host them until they can find stable housing.

See the Welcome Network through the eyes of two host families and one refugee in this video. You will discover why French families have decided to welcome strangers into their homes and what they have learned and gained from the experience.

Hospitality is catching: the project began with just three people in Paris in 2009 and today is a 150-strong network in 15 cities all over France. As a community, we can get refugees off the streets, one family at a time.​


This video was produced by Andrew Ash.

Lebanon: space to learn

South Sudan: investing in peace

France: Welcome Project

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