Malawi's Ecology Saviours

Ecology in Malawi
A man in Kasungu, Malwi carries firewood on his bike. 

Our communications officer, Martina Madden visited the Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development in Malawi in December to find out how it promotes environmental integrity while ensuring that local communities have a livelihood they can depend on.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, where more than half of the population live below the poverty line, and a quarter live in extreme poverty. Its economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, which employs nearly 80% of the population. These smallholder farmers are particularly vulnerable to the erratic weather patterns caused by climate change. If the rains come too early or too late, crops cannot be planted or do not survive long enough to be harvested. This affects the farmers’ yields and the availability of food.

Farming Provides a Social Network

MAJIS South Sudan
A woman works at the Multi Agricultural Jesuit Institute of South Sudan (MAJIS)

Social Networks in South Sudan

Though barely 10 years old as an independent nation after seceding from Sudan in 2011, peace has remained an illusion in South Sudan. The tough stance and reluctance by the political elites to work together for the sake of building the young nation continues to render South Sudan volatile, unstable, and insecure. Meanwhile, thousands of people continue to lose their lives and millions are displaced. Due to economic challenges bedeviling the young nation, most of the people survive on support from humanitarian agencies and church institutions.

Opening Doors in Maban

R IJM Web TonyNoelle Fitzpatrick, Country Director for JRS South Sudan, pays tribute to her colleague, Fr Tony O’Riordan SJ who spent the last two years working with JRS in Maban where he 'opened doors' for both the host community and refugees.

Moving Forward in South Sudan

S IJM Web Basamat Gizma"Nothing can prepare you for what you will see and experience on the refugee camps of Maban in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. There is just dust, a scattering of trees and blazing sun." Newstalk journalist Susan Cahill saw how the Jesuit Refugee Service is transforming the lives of girls and women through its education programmes in Maban's refugee camps.

Michael J. Kelly Featured on Stamp

Michael KellyThe pioneering work of Irish Jesuit, Michael J. Kelly SJ, as an educator and a campaigner for HIV/AIDS in his adopted home of Zambia, has been honoured on a postage stamp from An Post which is part of a set to mark St. Patrick's Day.

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