“I have a big dream for my son. I myself wish to be an educated man, and I want my son to become one too,” says Peter, a community organizer from Kachin State, internally displaced in Myanmar.
Eureka Left DRC with her son, after her husband was killed for political reasons. She's now a refugee in Dzaleka camp in Malawi. Thanks to JRS livelihood training courses, she now has new skills and hopes for her future.
Valerie is a 17 year old student from DRC living in South Africa. She wants to become a doctor, specifically a gastroenterologist. She’d like to heal people. But she had to face a variety of barriers trying to access education in Johannesburg.
Tresor is a poet and a musician from DRC living in Malawi. He had to flee his country because of his writing. He has become connected with the art community and has even organized the world's first music festival in a refugee camp.
Rebecca is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo living in Kampala, Uganda, with her three children. She attended a tailoring class run by the Jesuit Refugee Service and she now has her own business.
Alino is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo living in Kampala, Uganda. In kampala, he teaches English at a JRS school and he is well known as a local rapper. He is hoping for a breakthrough.
Through the higher education diploma programme in Dzaleka camp, Malawi, Albert worked to improve himself. Together with other refugees, he has managed to fund an intercultural centre called Salama Africa.
Luwam is a dancer from Eritrea living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. She is teaching traditional dances at the JRS centre, trying to preserve her people’s culture in exile.
Musa is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo living in Kampala, Uganda. He studies carpentry skills at the JRS vocational centre and he is rebuilding his life through education.
Jeannette is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo living in Kampala, Uganda. She attended the JRS business class that gave her the skills to start her own business and educate her family.
"We need to go where people are, to extend the mercy of God to them, literally to put our mercy in motion." Tom Smolich SJ, JRS International Director, talking about the significance of Pope Francis' visit to Lesbos and JRS sense of living the Gospel.
The mission to accompany is the basis for JRS work around the world. "We're working together on a journey of humanity, and this is the heart of the Gospel. To me, that's also Pope Francis' message," said David Holdcroft SJ, JRS Southern Africa Regional Director.
On December 10th, 2015, in Rome JRS launched Mercy in Motion. The campaign, launched with the Holy Year of Mercy, will continue through the end of 2016. It aims to support JRS Global Education Initiative that plans to provide education to 100,000 refugees worldwide in addition to the 120,000 already served.
James Martin SJ commenting the “Mercy in Motion” campaign as a wonderful way to expand our mercy globally to those most in need. Rev. James Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor of America magazine, and author of numerous books. He also worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya.
We asked Syrian refugee children to draw their life before displacement, during the war in Syria, and after they fled to Lebanon and enrolled in the JRS programmes. See the difference education can make.
This song, composed and written by Trevor Nerva and Julie Sim (JRS donor), with photos taken by volunteers of the JRS in Singapore is a living testimony of how much we can do when we open our heart and our eyes.