Xavier Network Global Projects

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

Inspired by the generous love and example of Jesus Christ, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) seeks to accompany, serve, and advocate the cause of refugees and other forcibly displaced people, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future. Founded in 1980 by Pedro Arrupe, JRS today works in 57 countries, serving more than one million people every year.

From enhancing access to education and livelihoods opportunities to ensuring mental health and psychosocial support, JRS implements an integrated approach that centers the dignity of every individual. Believing that journeying with refugees is the most important way to express solidarity, JRS walks alongside them and uplifts their voices to promote reconciliation, justice, and dialogue.


African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN)

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 (India) 

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.

Fey Y Alegria

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.


SmiWhen 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.