JRS Syria was established in September 2008 in response to the growing needs of more than 1.1 million Iraqi refugees arriving in Syria as a consequence of the Iraqi invasion in 2003. JRS works primarily with urban refugees in Damascus and Aleppo. The majority of Iraqis in Syria are urban refugees in these two cities, living in critical conditions without savings and largely unable to find employment. To them, JRS provides educational and psychosocial-support, and emergency relief where possible.
In July 2011, JRS opened a centre in Dwelaa, a neighbourhood of Damascus with a high concentration of Iraqi refugees. Within two months of opening its doors, more than 200 refugees regularly visit the JRS centre in Dwelaa for English lessons, assistance or to participate in training workshops and various activities. Psychosocial services offered in Dwelaa range from workshops focused on building self-esteem and positive thinking, to couples counselling and parental guidance.
JRS Damascus also ensures the distribution of in-kind donations of health-related and baby products. Recognising the sense of isolation felt by many urban refugees, JRS works towards the creation of a network comprised of social, medical, legal and educational contacts. There are specific activities for disabled persons in Dwelaa, English language classes and regular family visits.
Middle East and North Africa
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Middle East and North Africa is the latest region of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization sponsored by the Society of Jesus. It offers a wide range of services to refugees: emergency and legal assistance, family visits, education services, small grants, and recreational and psychosocial activities. The regional office serves more than 2,000 Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria.
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