Education for the Future: A Glimpse of Hope of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Cisarua

For asylum seekers and refugees, to leave their country is not only leaving their home, friends, and family, but also all opportunities to learn and develop through education. However, formal education is mostly not accessible for them while in transit countries. Education is really important for asylum seekers and refugees, not only as fundamental right, but also as a source of hope to keep learning even in uncertainty, so they can get better lives once an opportunity is given. Continue reading

Because Competence and Conscience are not Enough

In this public awareness event at Loyola College Semarang, JRS presented the global refugee issues, the latest data, and shared our experience in accompanying refugees and asylum seekers to the 250 11th grader. Continue reading

Refreshment for a Day

On 17 November, life became normal again for a few hours for 10 asylum seekers and refugees detained in Immigration Detention Center (IDC) Surabaya. Spending a day at the Safari Park, sitting in nature, observing animals, to be with many people and eat in a restaurant is a luxury for them. Continue reading

JRS Fundraising at Kotabaru, Yogyakarta

On Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 September 2015, JRS Indonesia gets an opportunity to hold a public awareness and fundraising event at St Anthony of Padua Parish, Kotabaru, Yogyakarta. Continue reading

A Genuine Act of Solidarity

“Really? There are refugees in Manado?” was the first reaction of Erlyn Kindangen after hearing about JRS services in Manado. JRS Indonesia started accompanying refugees and asylum seeker at Manado Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in January 2015 . Continue reading

Syaitara Longing for Her Mother

Syaitara, a 10 years old Rohingya girl has been longing for her family since she was separated from her mother Khonsuma and her two siblings Imam Husein and Nurul Amin. Continue reading

A Journey to Find Hope

My name is Keyhan. I am a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan now living in Australia. Before I came here, I was in Indonesia for about three years and spent my time in several places. Places that I will never forget. Let me tell you my journey, it is a story about finding hope. Continue reading

Ordinary People Living in Extraordinary Circumstances

This year’s World Refugee Day draws attention to our brothers and sisters who are experiencing an extraordinary situation, namely asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and refugees. Those have felt the loss, separation, and the destruction caused by war, conflicts, natural disasters, discrimination, threats or suppression of their rights. Continue reading

Never Lost In Translation

Friends from the refugee community often volunteer to be of support with translating in essential situations in Indonesia’s immigration detention centers or within the community enabling asylum seekers and refugees to be heard and understood often without them having much training in how to interpret or translate in the right way. Continue reading

Dion’s Empathy

Dion is a staff of JRS Indonesia who is assigned at Manado project to assist asylum seekers in Manado Immigration Detention Centre (IDC). On 29th January 2015, a radio interview with Dion was initiated by Father Rheinner Saneba Pr and Montini Radio Manado 106 FM. Continue reading

Choosing To Be Empowered

Women and children are most vulnerable in regards to various issues arising during conflict and displacement. Often, they are suffering when having to deal with the social, political, educational, cultural and economic impact of war or forced displacement. Continue reading

A Day in the Life of a JRS Volunteer

We chat, sometimes we talk about their home countries, and other times we talk about my home country of England. Sometimes we joke, but other times I’m lost for words when these people, who are becoming like brothers to me, share parts of their stories and put my miniscule hardships into perspective once again. Continue reading