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Noella (right) with her four friends in their tailoring shop (Teo Skeaping, Open University UK)

Kampala, 1 October 2018 – Ms. Noella Kabale, a 25-year-old refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has lived in Kampala since 2012. She has benefitted from different JRS services: English language, fashion & design, and entrepreneurship trainings. 

Noella says this about the services she got from JRS Kampala: “The services I benefited from JRS helped me a lot. The trainings helped me to follow-up my dreams to be independent and self-reliant. Before these trainings, I had doubts and hesitations to start and maintain the business of my choice, due to the lack of appropriate tools and knowledge but now I have built self-esteem to proceed in my life and my business”.

Together with her four friends, Noella used her social networking skills acquired through the JRS business management program to form a youth led community based organization. The main purpose is to equip refugee youth and most vulnerable host community youth in Kampala with vocational skills in order to enable them to improve their livelihoods. Together, they also started “refugeenow_kampala”, a youth lead initiative that aims to market refugee products and boost their potential through the internet.

Noella is an example of a refugee youth whose commitment and participation in the entrepreneurship training program gained foresight, informed, and developed her large network of contacts. She no longer relies on other people to prepare loan applications or to tell her the meaning of a financial statement. Noella handles these aspects of her business on her own with know-how and confidence.

We invite you to learn more about refugee education, share stories of why refugee education is so important, and give the gift of education through our online Global Education Initiative Gift Catalog. You can purchase items like a new pair of school shoes for a refugee child for $25 or provide a whole classroom with textbooks for $100. With your support, we can give more students a seat in the classroom. 

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