Each Friday the Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosts a pastoral program, which provides group discussion and counseling for refugees. “Almost every Friday, I come here. This program is so helpful,” said Laurent.
“I’m by myself. So I come to pray here, at the pastoral programs. The things in the Bible tell us why to keep our hearts [to keep hope],” added Vincent, another refugee from the DRC.
Because refugees in Addis seldom have access to, or can afford, local schools, JRS provides training programs in such skills as English and computer literacy.
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