News and Stories
“It is the audacity of the impossible that sustained Father Arrupe’s decision to give an immediate response to the complex situation of displaced persons seeking refuge.”
“As you seek to renew and deepen your commitment to serving the varied and complex needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, I pray that all of you will continue to draw encouragement and wisdom from the vision and example of your founder.”
Amaya Valcarcel has been serving as International Advocacy Officer since 2009. She originally joined JRS in 1998 as Policy Coordinator, focusing her work on the Great Lakes region of Africa and South Asia, with regular missions to Rwanda, Burundi, and Sri Lanka.
Mélanie used to sell fruits in the market in her hometown of Bambari, in the Central African Republic. She was trained as a preschool teacher when JRS launched their preschool education project in the area in 2016, and has been working with us since then.
As he awaits his next placement, which has been put on hold due to COVID-19, Fr Jun Perez SVD speaks about what originally led him to partner with JRS, and why he continues to do so.
How can you cope when a loved one goes missing? Read Wissam’s story and how JRS supported her with mental health services.
This World Teachers’ Day, JRS honours the contributions of teachers everywhere, who have demonstrated creativity, courage, and care for their students in the midst of this global crisis.
Ali’s story tells how education changed his life. In a move from Somalia to Uganda, he was able to create opportunities for himself as an entrepreneur and compassionate community member.
JRS staff in Lebanon lived through the blast that severely damaged Beirut on 4 August. Despite being affected, many found ways to be of help to their neighbours. Here is the story of Sahar, JRS social worker.