South Sudan Crisis a Priority for Eastern Africa Province

Jesuits Eastern Africa

The Provincial of the Eastern Africa Jesuits, Fr Joseph Afulo made a stopover in Dublin for a few days in February, on his way to the USA. He spent some time with us in the missions office and discussed topics that are of concern in six countries that comprise the Province which are Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Sudan.

A Decade of Friendship

matero girls

The South Dublin parish of Sandymount has shared cultural and social links with a township in Lusaka, Zambia for almost ten years. The partnership resulted in clean running water for a school in Matero, and insights into a different culture and way of life for the Irish community.

Friendship Programme Between Ireland and Zambia

A community in Sandymount Parish, Dublin built a ‘friendship programme’ with the Jesuit Parish of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia almost 10 years ago. The partnership is an example of a twinning programme to connect a community in the northern hemisphere with one in the Global South the Northern Hemisphere with one in the Global South, which has become a common practice, to encourage people from different cultures and socioeconomic contexts to learn from and support each other in different ways, and recognise that our world is a global village.

Bringing Mandazi to Market in Kenya

TPAE Initiative

A group of single mothers in Western Kenya access training and resources from the Jesuit Hakimani Centre to create employment for themselves and promote healthy eating by starting a group that makes bread and cakes from traditional crops.

Sena Women’s Group

Sena Women’s Group is a shining example of a simple idea that was developed through training by the Jesuit Hakimani Centre. It has transformed the lives of the women in the Bungoma region of western Kenya who comprise the group and their families, as well as the wider community of those who were indirectly involved in the project. Most of the women in the group are single mothers and are therefore almost fully dependent on it for their income. Thanks to its success, they are now able to afford to cover their basic needs and to pay school fees and provide for their children.

An Oasis at the Margins

kakuma camp women

“Women and girls are Africa’s greatest untapped resource, and it is they, not diamonds or oil and minerals, that will be the foundation for solid, sustainable and equitable progress”. - Joaquim Chissano

Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in the northwestern region of Kenya. It was established in 1992 to host unaccompanied minors who had fled the war in Sudan and came walking from camps in Ethiopia. Today, the camp accommodates more than 185,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers from countries all over Sub-Saharan Africa, including Somalia, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

‘Fīor Eireannach gan dabht’

joe mallin

‘Fīor Eireannach gan dabht’

Joe Mallin SJ, son of Commdt. Michael Mallin, who was executed for his role in the Easter Rising, died peacefully and fittingly, on Easter Sunday morning, 1 April 2018, in Hong Kong. He was 104 years old.

He was born in 1914, just two years before his father was executed by firing squad, leaving a wife and five small children. One of Fr Joseph’s brothers, Seán, also became a Jesuit priest, and his sister Úna entered the Loreto order in 1925. She was sent to a convent in Spain, where she spent the rest of her life. Commdt. Mallin would have been proud of his children. In his last letter he wrote: : “Úna, my little one, be a nun; Joseph, my little man, be a priest if you can …” Fr Joe joined the Jesuits, and in 1948 he went to Hong Kong and China as part of the Irish Jesuit mission to China. He spent over 70 years of his life there.

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