Refugees and other forcibly displaced people deserve their right to work, to share their talents, and to earn a living. In our work accompanying refugees around the world, we seek to provide opportunities for them to fulfil their own potential and contribute to society. This World Refugee Day, let’s celebrate refugees building the path forward with their own two hands.
Every year on World Refugee Day, statistics continue to show the gravity of the protracted crises and conflicts that cause an increasing magnitude of displaced people. It’s a day when the challenge of global displacement can seem too overwhelming to approach.
But it is also a day where we can celebrate our displaced brothers and sisters. A day when we can recognise their strength, resilience, and talent, and provide them with assurance that they can rebuild their lives. JRS believes that refugees and displaced people deserve this confidence, along with their right to work, to share their talents, and to earn a living. In our work accompanying refugees around the world, we want to provide refugees with opportunities to fulfil their potential and contribute to society.
Watoto Read will be hosting Dr. Mireille Twayigira, a prior Rwandan refugee, with a very powerful story about how education has changed her life. We invite you to join us to hear her story for yourself!
Saturday, April 13th at 11:30am
Columbus All Nations Church
994 Oakland Park Ave.
Columbus, OH 43224
Sunday, April 14th at 8:00, 9:20, & 11:00am
Centenary United Methodist Church
102 E Broadway
Granville, OH 43023
Sunday, April 14th at 5:00pm
Lewis Center United Methodist Church
1081 Lewis Center Rd
Lewis Center, OH 43035
We are unbelievably excited to share with you that we are about to build our first classrooms in the refugee camps. On Monday, February 26th, Watoto Read transferred $69,000 to our partner Jesuit Refugee Services for the construction of six classrooms and some latrines. Construction will begin this spring in the Goz Amer camp!
We are so grateful for the generosity of our many donors in 2016 and 2017. You made this possible.
Be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to hear about the progress. We cannot wait!
Happy New Year AND New School!
As we celebrate a new beginning in 2017, we also celebrate a new school for children in refugee camps in Chad! Thanks to the selfless generosity of so many, as of Dec. 28, 2016, Watoto Read has raised $10,000, which will provide three latrines and a completely furnished classroom for 60 children. What a fantastic way to start the new year! We are well on our way to reach our 2017 goal of 10 classrooms.
The following quotes are from the article, In Chad, Refugees from Darfur Find Hope in Education, by Christian Fuchs, Communications Director, Jesuit Refugee Services (a partner of Watoto Read).
“Life without education is like tea without sugar. If you can educate yourself, your life will be good and your life will be nice.”
— Hawa, a female student in the Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad
As a refugee, “you’re looking at a future where employment is uncertain and I suppose education is probably the one hope, so that if you educate yourself to a sufficient level you can get a job of a decent standard. Probably the most important aspect is the hope it gives to refugees.”
— Colette Finneran, English as a Foreign Language Facilitator in the Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad