Community Centres in Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia


Jesuit Refugee Service

Date program started:



To create a safe and friendly environment for urban refugees and asylum seekers.


  • Provide a location for urban refugees and asylum seekers to access a range of services
  • Host workshops, vocational training and IT services
  • Run an emergency needs program
  • Encourage children and young people to participate in sports

Targeted population:

  • Refugees in Addis Ababa in need of a range of services
  • Those in need of emergency assistance, children and young people

Challenge addressed:

  • Lack of access to a friendly, social environment where urban refugees can meet with one another
  • Addressing lack of available language and skills training, counselling and sports facilities

Program description:

  • The community centre was establish by the Jesuit Refugee Service in 1996 to provide a safe and welcoming environment for urban refugees and asylum seekers
  • The centre has provided a single site for socialising, internet and library access, language, computer and vocational training and workshops
  • The centre has also made helped addressed counselling and psychosocial support issues
  • The centre also runs sporting events for children and young people and an emergency needs program
  • Helped provide structure and guidance to help refugees handle their unpredictable lives

Impact on targeted population:

  • The centre has had a range of services more available to urban refugees and asylum seekers
  • In 2014, the centre provided support to more than 1,500 refugees and asylum seekers

Conditions required:

  • An accessible office with space to provide a variety of different services and activities


  • The community centre has recieved support from Entreculturas, Jesuit Mission Offices in Nürnberg, Canada and Brussels, the Canadian Catholic Organisation for Development and Peace and UNHCR


JRS – Eastern Africa

JRS – Urban refugee response in Addis Ababa

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  • 3700

    refugees have better access to education and livelihood opportunities

  • 40

    countries in which our partner NGOs are implementing solutions

  • 490

    refugee children benefit from mathematics, english, art and sports classes

  • 700

    women can now support their families

  • 650

    refugees have access to critical healthcare and safety information

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