JRS accompanies refugees and forced migrants, our brothers and sisters, serving them as companions and advocating their cause in an uncaring world. We have a particular concern for those who are detained under the immigration rules or who are left destitute in the UK. This work is carried out in the spirit of mutual respect, dignity and solidarity with the refugees and forced migrants, and in collaboration with other organisations.
JRS UK work towards ensuring the dignity of refugees and forced migrants, improving the conditions under which refugees and forced migrants find themselves in the UK and advocating for a values-based approach to the UK’s obligations of meeting the protection needs of refugees and forced migrants.
Jesuits across sub-Saharan Africa reach out daily to people affected by AIDS and seek to prevent the spread of HIV. The African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) coordinates their efforts, inspired by the vision: Empowered individuals, families, and communities working towards an HIV and AIDS free society and fullness of life.
Services offered include pastoral counselling, home-based care, income-generating activities, and educational, medical and nutritional support. Prevention of HIV through value-based education, prevention of mother-to-child transmission and testing services is crucial, not least among young people.
Lok Manch (People’s Forum) is a national platform for promoting the dignity and well-being of marginalized people in India through policy interventions and improved access to their legal rights, especially in health and education. About 100 organizations from 12 states have formed ‘LokManch’ together with likeminded partners, to strengthen the dignity and expand the rights of the priority communities, and improve their access to entitlements. This could include the right to food, educational development and improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
The current goal is to improve the quality of life for 270, 000 of the poorest households in 1,840 villages across 12 states by 2018. Through a mass awareness campaign and training of select representatives from local communities, these trained persons will serve as leaders and monitors voluntarily in each village, facilitating access to household and community entitlements. The process will be led by community leaders, 3,000 of whom have already been trained and 50% will be women to ensure equality across the project.
Fe y Alegría is an International Movement of Popular Education and Social Promotion based on the values of justice, participation, fraternity, respect for diversity and solidarity, working with impoverished and excluded populations, in order to contribute to the transformation of society. Their vision is of a world where all people have the opportunity to receive an education, fully develop their abilities and live with dignity.
Following the Nepal earthquake in April 2015, Xavier Network signed an agreement with the Nepal Jesuit Society Institute to support them through the response. They had a specific team that provided continual relief, rehabilitation and support to the victims in order to aid their survival. Xavier Network members each launched a fundraising campaign to support the reconstruction and development of Nepal after the earthquake. In the long term response, Xavier Network have supported the Nepal Jesuit Society to improve the accessibility of children to quality education, developed sustainable livelihoods and supported the provision of safe drinking water.
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, Xavier Network responded with an immediate emergency campaign to support local partner Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB). In the long term, we have been supporting SLB to rebuild people’s homes and restore their livelihoods, for example through acquiring new fishing boats, as well as ensuring villages are more prepared for the future should another similar disaster occur.