Syrian Refugees to Lose Homes

Syria Refugee IJM web

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are being required by law to dismantle all hard structures using materials other than timber and plastic sheeting they have constructed in informal camps by the end of June. The ordered demolitions will have a devastating impact on the lives of more than 25,594 people throughout Lebanon who live in self-build hard structures within informal settlements. In one example, the town of Arsal hosts more than 5,000 Syrian families and 15,000 children who are now facing homelessness.

Coping With Refugee Life

Lebanon refugee webLebanon has hosted about one million Syrian refugees since the start of the war in 2011. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) runs programmes to help these communities cope with and adapt to the hardships they face as a result of prolonged displacement. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

LOYOLA ECOLOGY WEBFriday, June 7th will be a very special day for Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS), when 49 girls and 48 boys will be its first ever graduates! LJSS is located in the rural town of Kasungu, Malawi, 120km north-west of the capital Lilongwe. It is an all-boarding, co-educational school with 479 students - 243 girls and 236 boys.

Why Community Matters

fernando webFernando Azpiroz SJ is an Argentinian Jesuit who is Director of Ricci Social Services, in the China Province. He visited Ireland last week to update us about the progress the communities within China and Macau are making and to share the story of their journey.

A Warm Reception in Zambia

Rosaleen Kenny Zambia"One of the most striking and surprising things about Zambia was the native trees that are all around Lusaka and around the country. I was amazed at the variety of the lush greenery everywhere. Another thing I loved is that everywhere we went, we heard wonderful music - from people’s houses and yards, and even on the street."

Rosaleen Kenny has worked for Irish Jesuit Missions for more than 20 years. As the organisation’s receptionist, she is the main point of contact for Irish Jesuits who live and work overseas, and their families. Last year, she fulfilled a dream to visit somewhere she has heard about for many years through the friendships she has made with the Irish Jesuit missionary community. She and her husband visited Zambia and spent time with the Jesuit community there. The trip was very meaningful to Rosaleen, and to the Irish Jesuits in Zambia*. 

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