Katie Mars from Doylestown, Pennsylvania worked with Irish Jesuit Missions as a Programmes Support Officer until the Covid-19 pandemic put an untimely end to her stay in Ireland. She wrote this piece about her time with the team.
The obituary of Fr James Hurley SJ, who died peacefully on 13th April in Cherryfield Lodge Nursing Home, Dublin.
In early March the newest member of the IJM team, Tim Flynn, visited the Jesuit-run Radio Kwizera in Ngara, a small town in the Kagera region of Western Tanzania. It was a nostalgic visit for Tim, who spent a year working as a volunteer at the station, 16 years ago.
Energy efficient stoves in use in a village in Malawi
The Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development (JCED) in Malawi is distributing locally made fuel-efficient ceramic cooking stoves, known as chitetezo mbaula, among poor households in the Kasungu District of Malawi. Traditionally, these households use a three-stone fireplace for cooking and heating water, but due to uncontrolled air circulation, firewood burns quickly, and huge quantities of smoke are emitted causing breathing problems to women and girls who cook the food for the family.
Grade 10 student Gino Suldahan shares to his fellow Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC) students his reflection about climate change and how indigenous culture contributes to climate change mitigation. This was part of the week-long participation of APC, an upland indigenous school in Bukidnon, Philippines, in the first Global School Strike for Climate in 15 March 2019.
Last week, I was with a community forest team that visited the farthest villages to the north in the Pulangi Valley in Mindanao, Philippines. We spent the days in constant rain, riding motorbikes, bamboo rafts, and wading through rivers often waist-deep to get to the communities. We listened to people talk about safe water, organic farming, or getting their kids to school in places called Ananasu and other villages that are only found on the maps we produce.