Student Profile | Immaculee
JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE | PATHFINDER PROGRAMME
“The training I underwent In the Digital Inclusion Program made it possible for me to get a job beyond borders despite my geographic, legal, and social status limitations. As a lady, I have been empowered to provide for myself and my loved ones by earning money that I could not have gotten in this refugee camp had it not been for this opportunity” Immaculee Gahizi, JRS Pathfinder Digital Inclusion graduate
In the part of the Congo where Immaculee comes from, tribal violence has caused suffering to many families. Immaculee was 13 years old when she ran away with her sister after soldiers killed their parents and burnt their house. As a refugee in Malawi, Immaculee did not let the sorrows of her past dictate her hope for the future. She attended JRS’s Pathfinder Digital Inclusion Programme, offered in partnership with Konexio, which provides in-demand digital skills training to young refugees. She was trained in computer literacy, communication, management, and translation.
The same day Immaculee finished her course, she got her first job. She now works consistently as a freelancer, providing translation, interpretations, and voiceover work. She is now able to support her sister and herself. The opportunity to work and be self-reliant is one of the most effective ways for refugees to rebuild their lives and make a positive contribution to their communities. Immaculee believes that everyone should have access to education. She encourages everyone around the camp to learn, and she shares her knowledge with others so they can also become independent.
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