Keeping Hope Alive: 20 Years A Refugee
As a graduate of the Diploma in Liberal studies I was the first recipient of a Jesuit Worldwide Learning Higher Education at the Margins (JWL) Scholarship. This scholarship enabled me to further my education here in the city of Nairobi in Kenya, Africa.
"You could be the CEO of your own tech company one day,” Remy says, speaking to a group of wide-eyed young women gathered shoulder to shoulder around his single laptop. Remy Gakwaya, a refugee from Burundi, is one of hundreds of community members to have received a university certificate from Higher Education at the Margins (HEM) Dzaleka, an institute of higher education in Malawi’s Dzaleka Refugee Camp jointly implemented by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL).
Suad Mohammed can attest to the difficulties young girls face in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, Africa. Suad was the first female Headmaster of Horsheed School and brought more girls into the school than any others before her. What she learned in the JWL Diploma classes, she made sure to incorporate within the school to help train her teachers. She is now resettled in the US and working towards her dream to become a nurse at Columbus State Community College.
Some alumni use their creative talents to help their community. Tresord Nzengu Pauni was a student in the CSLT program for Performing Arts and Peace and Conflict Resolution. With the help of 40 JWL student volunteers he created and organizes the yearly Tumaini Festival, a weekend arts and cultural festival held once a year. The last festival was held in the Dzaleka Refugee camp, attracting Malawians and foreigners to the performances. He stated, “JWL has opened more doors for refugees here in Dzaleka. When JWL came, the organization helped us to connect to the world.”