Each year, less than one percent of the world's refugees are resettled to a country like the United States. The vast majority of people who have fled their countries live in cities or camps in neighboring countries.
We work with refugees in their new homes to help them build brighter futures. Adults who may not have been able to finish their education are learning to read. Farmers are cultivating community gardens, growing produce to feed their families and sell. Entrepreneurs are drawing up plans for small businesses and accessing the capital they need to get started.
Some of this work takes place in refugee camps, such as Nyarugusu in Tanzania or Kakuma in Kenya. Other program participants are in cities like Johannesburg or Dar es Salaam.
Vegetable harvests and new skills for refugees in Tanzania
Tanzania’s Nyarugusu Refugee Camp is home to tens of thousands of Congolese and Burundian refugees. CWS has been working in the camp for years, and most recently our focus has been on helping residents build businesses and earn a living. The previous phase of this program was called REFLECT. Then, starting in April 2019, we launched a pilot program focused …
Shifting the Refugee Paradigm in Tanzania
By Aneth George and Caleb Wafula There are an estimated 25.4 million refugees in the world today. From Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, the number of refugees and asylum seekers continues soaring each passing year. With no end to the migration crisis in sight–and a reality that the vast majority of refugee families will be …
Reflecting on REFLECT
It just started to rain here in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in western Tanzania. I am sitting inside a simple wooden structure covered by a plastic sheet roof. With me are 40 Burundian refugee women who live in the camp, all of whom are proudly involved in a new CWS-led refugee empowerment project. We are all waiting for the rain to …