To resource and advocate for the education of children and young adults living in refugee camps in Sub Saharan Africa.
Since the violence began in the Darfur region of Sudan in 2003, over a million people, including large numbers of women and children, became refugees in crowded camps in neighboring Chad. Though this protracted refugee situation does not get much media attention these days, the need of the children has not gone away.
When the children of Darfur and their families fled their villages for their lives to Chad, they lost not only their homes but also their schools. Without education, a whole generation of children will be lost to the future, with little hope of becoming self-sufficient.
We envision healthy, hopeful, productive and self-sufficient people, resettling and rebuilding their communities despite having been in refugee camps.
As we support education in the camps, our approach is to prioritize barriers to education according to input and feedback from on-the-ground partners (such as Jesuit Refugee Service) and the refugees themselves.